Melvin Wolter, 93

Melvin Albert George Wolter, age 93, of Lester Prairie, passed away peacefully Friday, Sept. 2, 2016, at Waconia Good Samaritan Society in Waconia.

He was born Sept. 18, 1922, at the family farm in Bergen Township, McLeod County, the son of J. Peter and Margaretha (Engelmann) Wolter. Melvin was baptized as an infant Oct. 1, 1922, by the Rev. Rhinhold Zwintscher; and was confirmed in his faith as a youth April 5, 1936, by the Rev. Ruben L. Ehlen, both at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Plato.

Melvin attended District 19 country school in Bergen Township, and St. John’s parochial school in Plato. As a teenager, he worked for area farmers.

Melvin was united in marriage to LaVerna Birkholz Sept. 8, 1946, by the Rev. Berthold Streufert at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Lester Prairie. The couple lived with LaVerna’s parents on the farm, and in 1960, moved to their new home, which Melvin’s crew built, in Lester Prairie.

Melvin and LaVerna shared over 57 years of marriage, until LaVerna passed away Oct. 13, 2004.

Melvin drove milk and gas trucks for Henry Fruetel. In 1952, he started construction work for Herb Birkholz, retiring in November of 1986. An active member at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, Melvin served as an elder, treasurer, and on the building committee for the new church building in 1965 and 1966.

Melvin enjoyed farming, carpentry work, building the model of the first St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, scrapbooking, playing cards, and puzzles. He loved helping others, and cherished the time spent with his family and friends.

In September of 2010, Melvin moved to Grand Meadows Senior Living in Glencoe, and then, July 26, 2016, he became a resident of Waconia Good Samaritan Society in Waconia.

Melvin is survived by his sister-in-law, Bernice Wolter of Glencoe; nieces, nephews, other relatives, and many friends.

In addition to his wife, LaVerna, Melvin was preceded in death by his parents, J. Peter and Margaretha Wolter; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Fred and Elsie Birkholz; brothers Raymond (Ruth) Wolter, Edmund Wolter, Orville Wolter, Maynard (Elizabeth) Wolter, and Ardell (Erna) Wolter; and a sister, Laverna (Erwin) Miller.

Funeral services took place Tuesday, Sept. 6 at 11 a.m. at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Lester Prairie, followed by interment at St. Peter’s Lutheran Cemetery in Lester Prairie. The Rev. Travis Loeslie officiated at the services; and Nancy Buckentine was the organist. Congregational hymns included “Crown Him With Many Crowns,” “The Will Of God Is Always Best,” and “All Praise To Thee, My God, This Night.” Dennis Wolter was the cross bearer.

Casket bearers were Donald Miller, Brian Herrmann, Christopher Feltmann, Calvin Wolter, Gordon Houk, and Robert Wolter.

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

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