Winifred Louise (Graeber) Bolte

Winifred Louise Graeber, Mott, N.D., formerly of Regent, N.D. passed away Oct. 10, 2012 at the Good Samaritan Society in Mott.

Posted October 17. 2012

Winifred Louise Graeber, Mott, N.D., formerly of Regent, N.D. passed away Oct. 10, 2012 at the Good Samaritan Society in Mott.

Winifred was born Oct. 16, 1920 north of Regent, in Hettinger County, the sixth child of Ernest and Alice (Rutherford) Graeber. She attended school through the eighth grade.  In 1937 her parents sold the farm and moved to Bentley, N.D. for a short period of time and lived with Herman Graeber.

Upon returning to Regent, she met the love of her life, Howard Otto Bolte. They were married Dec. 22, 1940 in a double wedding ceremony with Harold and Irene Graeber. They cherished 69 years together and were blessed and survived by  twelve children. Winifred and Howard set up house north of Regent until 1953 when they moved to the farmstead southeast of Mott, N.D. Winifred always kept busy with tending to her 12 children, garden, flowers and keeping up with Howard on all the farm chores.  She always had time to keep the house spotless, bake, volunteer as 4-H leader and was treasurer for Merrill Township.

Winifred is survived by her children: Donna (Vic) Mosbrucker, Riverton, Wyo; Sharon (John) Alexander, Bothell, Wash; Lois (Ron) Roelandt, Sioux Falls, S.D.; Howard (Bonita) Bolte, Billings, Mont.; Judy (Dale) Ottmar, Mott, N.D.; Joanne (Lee) Wille, Mandan, N.D.; Larry Bolte, Mott, N.D.; Galen Bolte, Elgin, N.; Rick (Tanna) Bolte, Lemmon, S.D.; Carol (William) Penn, Miles City, Mont.; Connie Doyle, Miles City, Mont. and Ruth Smith, Forsyth, Mont.; 33 grandchildren; 31 great-grandchildren;  two great-great-grandchildren and one sister-in-law, Irene Srb, Garrison, N.D.

Winifred was preceded in death by her husband, Howard Bolte; three grandchildren, Jocasta and Jolene Bolte and Leesha Wille; her parents, Ernest and Alice Graeber; four sisters, Gertrude Carlson, Florence Jones, Viola Soehren, Opal Friez; two brothers, Herman and Harold Graeber; two sons-in-law, Robert McLaughlin and Ward Smith.

Evanson Jensen Funeral Home, Mott, N.D. was in charge of arrangements.

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