Rev. Lester Wolter, 89, Albert Lea

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, February 28, 2007

The Rev. Lester Charles Wolter, age 89, of Albert Lea, died peacefully of pneumonia on Monday, Feb. 19, 2007, at St. John&8217;s Lutheran Home in Albert Lea where he had resided since October 2006.

Memorial services were held at 3 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 27, at the St. John’s Lutheran Chapel in Albert Lea.

Interment will be at a later date in Wyoming, Minn.

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Bruss – Heitner Funeral Home in Wells in charge of the arrangements.

Lester Wolter was born Nov. 21, 1917, in Outlook, Mont., the son of William and Anna (Doeher) Wolter.

He farmed until the 1940s when he learned the trade of welding and construction.

In the 1950s he began work to become a pastor.

He served the Cedar United Methodist Church in Cedar from 1959-1964.

He attended Hamline University during this time.

He married Zada Cheney Baker on Aug. 14, 1960.

He obtained his degree from the St. Paul School of Theology while serving as pastor at Edgerton Methodist Church in Kansas.

In 1969 they returned to serve in the Morgan-New Avon area.

In 1975 they came to serve at the Alden United Methodist Church in Alden.

Rev Lester Wolter spent the last 4 years of his life at the Oak Park Place Assisted Living Apts. in Albert Lea with his wife of 46 years beside him.

He and Zada &8220;learned to live&8221; 23 years with his Parkinson’s disease.

He had been a charter member of the Alden Lions Club, had served as their treasurer, served in the Freeborn County Ministerial Assoc., as a chaplain at Naeve Hospital in Albert Lea, Alden Historical Society, Alden Senior Citizens and other civic organizations.

During his time as pastor he enjoyed the rest home worship services, doing radio devotionals for KATE radio, writing articles for the Albert Lea Tribune.

He enjoyed doing crafts and woodworking.

The greatest highlight in his ministry was serving people in the name of Jesus Christ.

He is survived by his wife Zada Wolter of Albert Lea, one sister June Hanson, two nieces and two nephews and two cousins.

Preceding him in death were his parents and one sister, Ethel.