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Viola G (Bestul) Boelter

November 20, 1930 ~ July 11, 2020 (age 89)


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

Viola was born November 20, 1930 in Iola, WI to Alvin and Laura (Moen) Bestul where she spent most of her childhood.  On January 29, 1949 she married Lester “Les” Boelter at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Amherst, WI.  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, Wisconsin.  She also did many hours of volunteering.

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

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, MN 55987, or Winona Health, 855 Mankato Avenue, Winona, MN 55987.

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

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