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Lila E. Winter, 80

Lila Elizabeth (Seefeldt) Winter, age 80, of Lester Prairie, died Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2012, at Glencoe Regional Health Services.

She was born Feb. 8, 1932, in Lester Prairie, the daughter of Herman and Lottie (Packer) Seefeldt. Lila was baptized as an infant Feb. 21, 1932, by the Rev. J. A. Schert at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Lester Prairie; and was later confirmed in her faith as a youth in April 14, 1946, by the Rev. R. A. Ritz at St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church in Lester Prairie.

Lila received her education in Lester Prairie, and was a graduate of the Lester Prairie High School class of 1950 as valedictorian of her class.

Lila was united in marriage to Melvin Winter Oct. 21, 1950, by the Rev. Ritz at St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church in Lester Prairie. The couple made their home in Lester Prairie.

Lila and Melvin were blessed with four children, Richard, Cindi, Sue, and Jon. They shared 16 years of marriage, until Melvin passed away Nov. 4, 1966.

In 1978, Lila moved to North Branch, returning to Lester Prairie in 2003.

In addition to being a loving homemaker and mother, Lila held employment at Lester’s Inc. and Lester Prairie (Thiel) Cafe, Rutz Plumbing & Heating in Hutchinson, and Anderson & Koch Ford in North Branch.

She was a member of St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church in Lester Prairie, where she was a part of the Lutheran Women’s Missionary League. She was also a volunteer for the American Cancer Society.

Lila was a kind and thoughtful woman. Her greatest love was being a mom. She enjoyed reading, crossword puzzles, crocheting, and bird watching. She especially cherished her time spent with her family and friends.

Lila is survived by her children, Richard Winter and his wife, Joyce; Cindi Plocher and Tom Mallak; Sue Winter, all of Lester Prairie; and Jon Winter of Fridley; grandchildren Travis Winter and his wife, Jessi, of Aitkin, and Justin Winter and his wife, Danitra, of Prescott, WI; and great-grandchildren, Maddie Winter, and Wyatt Winter.

Lila is further survived by a sister, Lillian Paul of Fridley; brothers-in-law, Orville Winter of Litchfield, Tony Albers of Waconia, and Ken Boerner of Champlin; sister-in-law Germayne Winter of Glencoe; nieces, nephews, other relatives, and many friends.

In addition to her husband, Melvin, Lila was preceded in death by her parents, Herman and Lottie Seefeldt; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Fred and Christine Winter; a sister, Myrtle Slomkoski and her husband, Edward; brother-in-law Harold Paul; sisters-in-law Muriel Albers, and Laverna Boerner; and niece, Antonia Larson.

Funeral services took place Thursday, Aug. 16, at 3 p.m. at St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church in Lester Prairie, with interment in the church cemetery. The Rev. Eric Nelson officiated at the service. The organist was Marsha Christenson. Congregational hymns included “How Great Thou Art,” “On Eagle’s Wings,” and “Amazing Grace.”

Honorary casket bearers were Maddie Winter, and Wyatt Winter. Casket bearers were Richard Winter, Jon Winter, Travis Winter, Justin Winter, Tom Mallak, and Ken Kriesel.

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.