Boelter, Viola G.


Viola G. Boelter of Winona passed away on July 11, 2020, at home, in Willow Brook Cooperative Living.

Viola was born on November 20, 1930, in Iola, Wis., where she spent most of her childhood, to Alvin and Laura (Moen) Bestul. On January 29, 1949, she married Lester “Les” Boelter at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Amherst, Wis. This marriage was blessed with three children.

She was a member of St. Matthew’s Ev. Lutheran Church and was very active at the church’s “Ladies Bible Class” and “Ladies Aid” where she held several offices. She enjoyed traveling, playing cards, bowling and boating on the Mississippi River and spending weekends at their lake place on Long Lake, near Rice Lake, Wis. She also did many hours of volunteering.

She is survived by three children, Dennis (Barb) Boelter, Winona, Dean (Melinda) Boelter, Fort Myers, Fla., and Dixie (Gary) Breitenfeldt, Winona; three grandchildren, Aaron (Emily) Breitenfeldt, Onalaska, Wis., Amy (Brandon) Jensen, Littleton, Colo., and Heather (Knute) Sather, Kasota, Minn.; one step-grandson, Jordain Blanchard, Winona; four great-grandchildren, Dane and Cece Breitenfeldt, and Ryder and Lennox Sather; and one sister, Mildred Janke, Appleton, Wis.

Due to the health and safety challenges and expectations presented by COVID-19, no funeral services will be held. A private family interment will be at Woodlawn Cemetery, Winona.

In lieu of flowers the family request memorials to St. Matthews Ev. Lutheran Church, 766 Wabasha Street, Winona, Minn., 55987, or Winona Health, 855 Mankato Avenue, Winona, Minn., 55987.

Services entrusted to Fawcett Junker Funeral Home and Cremation Service, Winona, Minn., and Fountain City, Wis. Words of sympathy or remembrance may be left at


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