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Clara Latzke, 80

Clara Martha (Wolter) Latzke, age 80, of Lester Prairie, died Thursday, Dec. 27, 2012, at Marie Steiner Kelting Hospice Home in Chaska.

She was born May 12, 1932, in Washington Lake Township, Sibley County, the daughter of William and Hilda (Noll) Wolter. Clara was baptized as an infant by Pastor Otto Rapp, and was later confirmed in her faith as a youth by Pastor Burkett, both at the Evangelical Church in Norwood.

She attended elementary school in rural Norwood and Plato, and attended high school in Lester Prairie.

Clara was united in marriage to Hillard Latzke June 26, 1949, by the Rev. Walter Fischer at the Evangelical Church in Lester Prairie. Clara and Hillard made their home in Lester Prairie, and God blessed their marriage with four children, Steven, Kathryn, Keith, and Greg. They shared and enjoyed 38 years of marriage, until Hillard passed away April 2, 1987.

In addition to being a loving wife, mother, and homemaker, Clara worked at Tonka Toys for 28 years, Poly Foam for 10-and-one-half years, and Worldwide Dispensers for 17 years. She enjoyed working with and meeting people.

She was a member of St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church in Lester Prairie.

Clara collected thimbles, miniature shoes, and ceramic and stuffed bears. She made towel wedding cakes for her grandchildren and friends.

She also enjoyed doing yard work, flowers, crocheting, doing small crafts, fishing, and camping. Clara loved and cherished the time spent with her friends and family, especially watching her grandchildren and great-grandchildren grow up.

Clara is survived by her children, Steven Latzke and his wife, Joanne, of Chaska, Kathryn Remus and her husband, Daris, of Glencoe, Keith Latzke and his wife, Cindy; and Greg Latzke, all of Lester Prairie; and grandchildren Christopher Remus and his wife, Tricia; Michelle Remus and her special friend, Josh Compton; Renae Hoernemann and her husband, Robert; Gwen Regnier and her husband, Jeff; Brian Latzke, Ashley Koch and her husband, Todd; and Jason Latzke.

She is further survived by great-grandchildren Megan, Zachary and Emily Hoernemann, Kelli Bailey, Addison Compton, Abigail and Sophia Remus, Caleb and Connor Regnier, and Alexis and Alaina Koch; step great-grandson Sam Breyer; brothers Donald Wolter and his wife, Donna, and Marlin Wolter and his wife, Seena; sister Shirley Kloempken and her husband, Gary; sisters-in-law Myra Lorentz, Francis Riss, and Harriet Latzke; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Clara was preceded in death by her grandparents; parents, William and Hilda Wolter; husband, Hillard Latzke; a sister, Mavis Wolter; and a brother, Harlan Wolter.

Funeral services celebrating Clara’s life took place Monday, Dec. 31, at 1 p.m. at St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church in Lester Prairie, with the Rev. Eric Nelson officiating. Marsha Christenson was the organist. Special music was provided by St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church Choir, which sang, “In The Name Of Love.” Congregational hymns were “Today Your Mercy Calls Us,” “Let Us Ever Walk With Jesus,” and “Beautiful Savior.” Interment followed in the church cemetery.

Visitation was Sunday, Dec. 30 from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Paul-McBride Funeral Chapel in Lester Prairie, and continued Monday at the church, one hour prior to the service.

Honorary casket bearers were Renae Hoernemann, Gwen Regnier, Michelle Remus, and Ashley Koch.

Casket bearers were Brian Latzke, Jason Latzke, Christopher Remus, Robert Hoernemann, Jeff Regnier, and Todd Koch.

Arrangements were by the Paul-McBride Funeral Chapel of Lester Prairie. Online obituaries and guest book available at www.hantge.com; click on Obituaries/Guest Book.