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Rose (Klein) Wolters

July 29, 1912 ~ July 30, 2018 (age 106)

Rose Wolters, 106, of Breckenridge, MN, passed away on July 30, 2018, at her residence in Breckenridge. Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Friday, August 10, 2018, at Joseph Vertin and Sons Funeral Home in Breckenridge. The funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, August 11, 2018, at Breckenridge Lutheran Church with a visitation one hour prior to the service. Pastor Mark Manning will be officiating and the burial will take place at Riverside Cemetery, Breckenridge. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Joseph Vertin and Sons Funeral Home. 

Rose was born near Doran, MN, on July 29, 1912, to Henry and Mary (Muntz) Klein. The Klein family moved to a farmstead northeast of Breckenridge, to Nilson Township in Wilkin County. It was on this family farm that Rose and her eleven siblings would grow up and attended rural country school. After her formal schooling, she worked as a “top-notch” little waitress at the Wilkin Drink and Eatery, Breckenridge, when it had its early beginnings.

On November 11, 1932, Rose was united in marriage to Clifton Wolters. They made their home in Breckenridge and in 1934, they had their son, Donald (affectionately known as “Sonny”). In 1940, they were blessed with their daughter, Donna. Rose and Clif brought up their family and remained in the same house, on 11th street, their entire lives.

In her younger years, Rose was a very active member of Breckenridge Lutheran Ladies Guild and many different circles and Bible studies. Rose enjoyed tending her very large garden of vegetables and flowers. She took great pride in canning many varieties of vegetables, fruits, jams, and preserves. Rose was an excellent cook and baker, making many German foods and pastries such as “kuchen,” “grebles,” “krautbrot,” “apfelbrot,” and many others that she grew up learning from her mother.

Rose also inherited from her mother the talent of being an excellent seamstress. She made nearly all her daughter’s clothes including dresses, coats, slacks, and many dance costumes. She was a loving and caring wife, mother, and grandmother. And we can’t forget her intense love for our four-legged friends, especially cats, and kittens. She was always feeding or nursing her feline friends back to health and finding homes for them…but many times, she kept them for herself. One of Rose’s favorite weekend pleasures was when she and her family would take part in “going to the lakes” for fishing, swimming, and picnicking with relatives and loved ones. In the cold months, they enjoyed weekly card tournaments.

It was in her “golden years” that she and Clif learned to dance and they enjoyed it so much that they made it a weekly form of exercise, socializing and fun. They were usually accompanied by her two sisters and their husbands.

Rose was a “little bit of a girl,” reaching 4’9” and had a heart of pure gold, always thinking of others before herself. She will be dearly missed! She’s off to get her angel wings! Rose is survived by her daughter, Donna Halverson of Breckenridge; one grandson, David Halverson of St. Paul, MN; her sisters-in-law, Anne Klein of Breckenridge and Elaine Klein of Fergus Falls, MN; and many nieces and nephews.

Rose was preceded in death by her husband, Clif; her son, Don Wolters; her daughter-in-law, Sandy Wolters; one granddaughter, Darby Renee Halverson; her parents; her brothers, Henry, Frederick, Adalph, Rudoph, Ronald, Daniel, Rueben, and Johnny; and her sisters, Pauline Matheson, Leone Hanson, and Mallie Bylund.

Obituary submitted by Rose’s family. 

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