Ardell Herman Wolter, age 90, of Norwood Young America, passed away Monday Sept. 8, 2014, at his residence.
He was born Feb. 28, 1924, in Minneapolis, the son of J. Peter and Margaretha (Engelmann) Wolter. Ardell was baptized March 23, 1924, at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Plato by the Rev. R. Zwintscher; and confirmed in the faith at the same church by the Rev. R.L. Ehlen April 10, 1938.
Ardell attended St. John’s Parochial School and District 19 public school.
He was united in marriage with Erna Marie Rolf Sept. 3, 1947, at Zion Lutheran Church of Benton Township by the Rev. R.W. Rottmann.
The couple first rented farms in the Norwood Young America and Cologne areas, until purchasing their own farm west of Norwood Young America in 1962. They retired and moved into town in 1998.
Ardell was a farmer who took pride in raising quality dairy animals, and also enjoyed working with his horses. In later years, he enjoyed driving his horses and buggy in local parades, and was a member of the North Star Saddle Club.
A very active member of St. John’s Lutheran Church, Ardell served as an elder and trustee, and held positions on the stewardship and finance committees. He was also a longtime member of the church choir.
Ardell enjoyed old tyme music and taught himself how to play a concertina at an early age. After his retirement, he began playing again, wrote his own music, and enjoyed playing for others. He was a member of the Czeck Area Concertina Club and the Minnesota Concertina Club.
A wonderful husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, and great-great grandfather, Ardell was always interested in his family’s activities.
In 2012, Ardell moved to Peace Villa, where he resided until just recently, when he moved into the Harbor.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Erna Wolter; parents J. Peter and Margaretha Wolter; father-in-law and mother-in-law Frank and Frieda Rolf; son-in-law Richard Herrmann; brothers Raymond Wolter, Orville Wolter, Maynard Wolter, and Edmund Wolter in infancy; and sister LaVerna Miller.
Ardell is survived by his loving family; children Maynard (Barbara) Rolf of Pelican Rapids, Carol Herrmann, Lois (Jerry) Tiggelaar, Lynette (Dennis) Feltmann, all of Norwood Young America, and Susan (Bert) Wagner of Stewart; special friend Sylvia Luehrs of Glencoe; and grandchildren Alan Rolf, Roxanne (Brad) Grippentrog, Dan (Jill) Rolf, Mark (Deb) Rolf, Pam Rolf, Troy (Julie) Herrmann, Brian Herrmann, Matthew (Erin) Herrmann, Chad Feltmann (Cara Miller), Cherie (David) Smith, Christopher( Heather) Feltmann, Corey (Katie) Feltmann, Jeffrey (Renae) Wagner, Rachel (Adam) Tagarro, and Kristin (Joseph) Perrault.
He is further survived by great-grandchildren Amy (Brock) Sennes, Angela (Brad) Werth, Aric (Stacy) Rolf, Aaron Rolf, Amber Rolf, Bobby (Emily) Zellmann, Andrew Zellmann and special friend Callie Young, Stephen (Amanda) Grippentrog, Dylan Grippentrog, Shelby Rolf, Jordon Rolf, Jason (Kara) Johnson, Jennifer (Steve) Schmalz, Jessica (Chris) Frederickson, Logan Herrmann, Kylie Herrmann, Kassi Herrmann, Caiden Herrmann, Bennett Herrmann, Teagan Herrmann, Chloe Feltmann, Carly Feltmann, Tyler Smith, Britney Smith, Olivia Feltmann, Hunter Wagner, Tanner Wagner, Eliana Tagarro, Evangeline Tagarro, Judah Perrault, Micah Perrault, and Johannah Perrault; great-great grandchildren Alexis Sennes, Paige Sennes, Jack Werth, Elijah Werth, Aleese Rolf, Tessa Rolf, Layla Johnson, Ella Schmalz, Owen Schmalz, Rylee Schmalz, Madden Schmalz, Sophia Frederickson, and Stella Frederickson; a brother, Melvin Wolter of Glencoe; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law Bernice Wolter of Glencoe, Erwin Schmidt, Mabel Lenz, both of Norwood Young America; Erland Loehrs of Waconia, and Harold and Eunice Bruesehoff of Cologne; and many nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends.
The funeral service took place Friday, Sept. 12 at 11 a.m. at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Norwood Young America with the Rev. David Winter officiating. Interment was in St. John’s Lutheran Cemetery.
Visitation was Thursday, Sept. 11 from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Johnson Funeral Home in Waconia, with a chapel service at 7:30 p.m.; and continued Friday at the church, one hour prior to the service.
Serving as casket bearers were Ardell’s grandsons; Alan Rolf, Daniel Rolf, Mark Rolf, Troy Herrmann, Brian Herrmann, Matthew Herrmann, Chad Feltmann, Christopher Feltmann, Corey Feltmann, and Jeffrey Wagner.
Arrangements were with the Johnson Funeral Home in Waconia; www.johnsonfh.com.