EAST CHAIN - A Mass of Christian burial for Clara R. Wolter, 94, of East Chain, Minn., will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 14, at Holy Family Catholic Church in East Chain. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.
Clara passed away Thursday evening, Dec. 5, 2013, at her home in East Chain. Visitation will be 5-7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 13, at Lakeview Funeral Home in Fairmont, and will continue one hour prior to the service at the church on Saturday. There will be a prayer service at 7 p.m. Friday at Lakeview Funeral Home.
Clara Rita Stefanski was born July 12, 1919, on the family farm in Silver Lake Township, the daughter of Vincent and Hedwig (Charnecki) Stefanski. Clara attended District 92 country school with lifelong friend, Arlie Farnham (Bishop). Clara married Carroll A. Wolter on June 7, 1939, in the Holy Family Catholic Church Parsonage. A dinner party at the Stefanski home followed, where guests were served by Jean Borowiak, Catherine Doyle, Alice Schlmeski, Alice Nawrocki and Margaret Petrowiak. A reception was held at the Fairmont American Legion, where music was provided by the Thaine Peck Orchestra. They lived on the Wolter farm in Rutland Township until 1941, when a move to East Chain Village became Clara's final resting place. Clara was a lifetime parishioner at Holy Family Catholic Church, where she was one of the first Eucharistic ministers. She was also active in the CCW. Clara was a life member of the American Legion Post 36 Auxiliary, Martin Co. VFW Post 1222 Auxiliary and the Fairmont Community Hospital Auxiliary. Clara worked out of her home part time in East Chain at the Anderson and Segar Grocery Store and the Creamery. Later, she worked in Fairmont as a cook at the Lake Aires Supper Club and Interlaken Golf Club. Clara loved to work in her flower garden, which was admired by many. Every late summer, she filled the cellar with her jams, jellies and canned goods. She entertained visitors in her kitchen over coffee and one of her many baked treats. Her pie crusts were made with lard that she rendered in her kitchen. Clara delighted many with her mother's recipe coffee cake and czarnina, a Polish duck soup. Popcorn balls made with her homegrown popcorn was a Halloween treat. Clara loved to dance and travel with the Top of the Hill Club. She always looked forward to the Birthday Club parties. Clara was a huge fan of the GHEC basketball teams. She attended most home games and traveled to many away games. During tournaments, she rode the rooter bus to games. In her later years, Clara was a caregiver for her mother-in-law, Mary; parents; brother-in-law, Elmer; husband, Carroll; and lastly her sister, Gertrude.
Survivors include three sons, Jim Wolter and companion, Georgia Huling, of St. Cloud, Minn., John Wolter of Fridley, Minn., and Mike Wolter and his wife, Sharon, of Alturas, Calif.; five grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
In addition to her parents and her husband, Carroll, Clara was preceded in death by one daughter-in-law, Elaine Wolter; two brothers, Andrew and Leo Stefanski; and sisters, Bette Senney and Gertrude Schroeder.