Cecelia Margaret Belter, 89, of Lewiston, Minn., and Sulphur Springs, Texas, died at her home in Sulphur Springs, Texas, on Saturday, November 24. She was born on October 15, 1929, in New Market, Minn., to Rose and Joseph DeGross.
Cecelia graduated from Farmington High School in Farmington, Minn. She briefly attended Winona State University before meeting the love of her life, Edwin Belter. They were married on December 9, 1950, in Winona. They farmed together and later purchased and ran the Wyattville Store, Ballroom & Tavern and Belter Trucking & Livestock. They had three children, eight grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren. Cecelia was a lifetime member of the American Legion Auxiliary.
In retirement, she relished the role of traveling grandmother, spending many weeks of the year living with and helping her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She loved to travel and often vacationed with her children and grandchildren traveling to most of the states in the United States and several countries. She also loved supporting her grandchildren and great-grandchildren in their activities — attending thousands of sporting events, performances and 4-H activities.
She is survived by her three children, Susan (Bernard) Thesing, Sulphur Springs, Texas, James Belter, Winona, Bruce (Reyne) Belter, Lewiston; grandchildren, Jodi (Scott) Thesing-Ritter, Eau Claire, Wis., Penny Thesing, Arlington, Texas, Ben (Allison Libby) Thesing, Sulphur Springs, Texas, Charity (Joshua) SeGraves, Alexandria, Va., Jeremy (Melissa) Belter, New Berlin, Wis., Jenny (Mark) Hobson, Verona, Wis., Eric Belter, Winona, and Lauren Belter, Rochester; 17 beloved great-grandchildren; and sisters, Leola Frame, Cannon Falls, Josephine Lind, Cannon Falls, Mary (Charles) Schafer, Hampton, Rosemary Orndorf, Burnsville, Delores (Clyde) Millerbernd, Vining, Marlene (Jerry) Millerbernd, Lakeville, Elaine Rossow, Cottage Grove. She was preceded in death by her parents, Joseph and Rose DeGross; husband, Edwin Belter; brothers, Nicholas DeGross and Peter DeGross; and great-granddaughter, Makena Thesing-Ritter.
Family and friends are invited to join in a celebration of life on Monday, December 31, at 11 a.m. with visitation to begin at 10 a.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church, 28482 County Road 12, Winona, Minn., and at her butterfly garden on Saturday, April 20, at 11 a.m. in Sulphur Springs, Texas. Donations in her honor can be made to the American Legion Auxiliary Unit #90, P.O. Box 70, Lewiston, Minn., 55952.