Leslie “Les” Winter, age 89, of Arlington, passed away peacefully while being surrounded by his loved ones at the Marie Steiner Kelting Hospice Home in Chaska on Monday, July 11. He fought a short but courageous battle with cancer while residing there.
Funeral services will be held at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Green Isle at 11 a.m. Friday, July 15.
The officiating clergy will be Rev. Eric Rapp, with Corrine Powers serving as the organist and Polly Rapp singing “On Eagles’ Wings.” Congregational hymns will be “How Great Thou Art,” “Take My Hand and Lead Me” and “Just As I Am.”
Grandsons serving as casket bearers will be Charles Winter, Jeffrey Jahr, Troy Brueggemeier, Joel Knight, Jason Brueggemeier and Chad Schroeder. Honorary casket bearers will be the great-grandchildren. Granddaughters serving as pallbearers will be Jennifer Winter, Jaclyn Rademaker, Jessica Nagel, Brittany Brueggemeier and Danielle Mathias.
Visitation will be held at the church from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, July 14 and one hour prior to the service on Friday, July 15.
Interment will be in the Arlington Public Cemetery.
Leslie was born to August and Esther (Miller) Winter in New Auburn Township on June 13, 1927. He was baptized by Rev. Edwin Schlacktenhufen at Zion Lutheran Church in New Auburn Township on July 3, 1927. Les was confirmed by Rev. Hans Werner at Immanuel Lutheran Church in New Auburn on April 16, 1941. He attended German Parochial School in New Auburn and also Sibley County District 34 public schools. Leslie was united in marriage to Elvera Schilling at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Green Isle by Rev. R. Arndt on Sept. 15, 1950. Les and Elvera were blessed with four children, Charles, Sharon, Katherine and Susan.
In 1955, Leslie worked at Oscar Roberts delivering concrete blocks, then started a milk route for Oak Grove Dairy in Norwood which he ran from 1956 to March 1983 when he sold it. He worked in road construction for William Mueller and Sons of Hamburg between 1983 and 1995 at which time he retired. He enjoyed his retirement by doing lots of traveling, fishing, dancing and spending time with his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren and other family and friends. Les also enjoyed having the entire family over for special occasions and going to activities of the grandchildren and great grandchildren. He enjoyed cooking and baking, especially making chocolate chip cookies for his family and also loved his John Deere toys.
Survivors include his wife of 65 years, Elvera of Arlington; daughters, Sharon (Allan) Jahr of Pemberton, Katherine (Virgil) Brueggemeier of New Prague and Susan (Tony) Mathias of Waterville; daughter-in-law, Debbra (Dick) Schroeder of Belle Plaine; 14 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; siblings, Marlys (Russ) Vilhauer of Litchfield, Dorothy Bettcher of Lester Prairie, and Donna (Jerald) Gutzmer of Glencoe; sisters-in-law, Verna Winter of Arlington, Elaine Winter of St. Cloud, and Sylvia Luehrs of Glencoe; brother-in-law, Alloyd (Elaine) Schilling of Mankato; and many nieces and nephews.
Les was preceded in death by his parents; his parents-in-law, Henry and Frieda Schilling; son, Charles; grandsons, Shawn Knight and Travis Brueggemeier; siblings, Harry and Leonard Winter, and Velma Wendorff; siblings-in-law, Virgil Schilling, Lester Karg, Lowell Wendorff, Marvin Luehrs, Harvey Schilling, Ruth Schilling, Muriel Schilling and Ewald Bettcher; nephew, Kenneth Wendorff; and niece Muriel Parpart.
Kolden Funeral Home of Arlington is assisting with the arrangements.