Gerald W. Wolter

Born: Mon., Aug. 14, 1933
Died: Sun., Feb. 3, 2013


4:00 PM to 7:00 PM, Tue., Feb. 05, 2013
Location: D. L. Newcomer Funeral Home

Funeral Service

11:00 AM Wed., Feb. 06, 2013
Location: Bethlehem Lutheran Church

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Gerald Willis Wolter a.k.a. “Skinner”, “Oiler”, “Smiley”, “Shortie”, age 79, of Orfordville, passed away on Sunday, February 3, 2013 at Mercy Hospital,  Janesville, after losing his battle with cancer. Gerald was born August 14, 1933 in Beloit, the son of Willis and Cora (Adams) Wolter. He married Betty Ann Marie Wendlant on August 15, 1953 in Brodhead at Bethlehem Lutheran Church.

Gerald farmed around the Brodhead area for 4-5 years, working for the Wyss Farms, Whitewater Fertilizer, Arndt Feed Service, Milton, MacArthur Mink Ranch, Hacklanders Mink Farm, both of Janesville, and Blue Ribbon Mink Farm, Beloit.  He was a member of UAW Local 95 and had worked at General Motors for 45 years, retiring in July of 2008. He loved gardening, flowers, working on the farm, lawn mowing and was a hobbyist wine maker. Gerald loved his children and grandchildren, and family gatherings. He was also a volunteer for Green County Nutrition at the Brodhead Site.

Gerald is survived by his wife Betty, seven children, Debra (Cliff) Bollig,  Gerard (Pam) Wolter, Susan (Neal) Thom, Dennis (Brenda) Wolter, Peter Wolter, all of Janesville, William (Keelie) Wolter, Milton, Gary Wolter and friend Heather, Footville; eighteen grandchildren, eleven great-grandchildren, one great-great-grandson; three brothers, Harvey (Janet) Wolter,Venice, FL,  Ronald (Sue) Wolter and Melvin (Carol Sue) Wolter, both of  Brodhead; a sister, Linda (Wayne) Rasmussen, Janesville, and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded by his parents, and sister-in-law Sharon Wolter.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m., Wednesday, February 6, 2013, at the Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Brodhead, with Pastor Peder Johanson officiating.  Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery, Brodhead.  Visitation will be held on Tuesday from 4-7 p.m. at the D.L. NEWCOMER FUNERAL HOME, BRODHEAD. 

Family and friends will miss Gerald’s “go get em” attitude and kind nature.

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Virgil & Judy Keller
   Posted Mon February 04, 2013
Betty and family:
We are sorry to hear of the passing of Gerald. We remember the good neighbors you were here on Keesey Rd. You are in our prayers and thoughts.

Heidi Sellers
   Posted Tue February 05, 2013
I love you Uncle Gerald! I know you are in a better place, but it is going to be so hard not to see your smiley face and hearing that laugh anymore. Thank you for all the wonderful years that I got to spend at your place visiting the animals, riding ATV's and just enjoying the time with you and Betty. You have your wings now, fly high and I will see again someday. Love Heidi

Terry & Vicki Vohs
   Posted Tue February 05, 2013
Dear Betty & Family,
We wanted to send our sympathy to you during this most difficult time. Gerald will be remembered for his huge friendly smile, and positive attutude. You were both a joy to be in company with. We had some good times with you that we will always remember. You and your Family will be in our thoughts and prayers.

John and Kari Cinto
   Posted Tue February 05, 2013
Very sorry to hear of the passing of your Father.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.
My Father passed away a year ago March. I understand what you are going through.
John Cinto

Dan Gajdosik
   Posted Tue February 05, 2013
Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Dear Betty & Family,

My sincere condolences and prayers for you at this difficult time. I happened to be thinking about Gerald just recently and tonight I heard from Laura the sad news.

There were many happy times I remember. Back when I was just 14 and we worked together for Bud and Norma Weis, at the corner of Kessler and Hanover Road. Bud worked us hard but Gerald and you never complained.

Praying all will be well with you this day and for the tomorrows to come. God be with you.

Dan Gajdosik

Dave & Janice Stevens
   Posted Wed February 06, 2013
Dear Betty & Family,
We are saddened by the loss of Gerald. He was a great guy. We have many fond memories of all the enjoyable times we spent out on the farm celebrating special occasions or just visiting. Your beautiful farmette is a serene, beautiful and peaceful place to visit. You made us all feel welcome and made sure we had everything we needed. Thanks so much. May all the wonderful memories of past years together see you through this sad time. God bless each and every one of you.
Hugs....Dave (PeeWee) & Jan

minnie atkinson
   Posted Wed February 06, 2013
Betty.....I am so sorry for your loss but so Happy that Gerald is with his Jesus, as the pain is gone now with his new body....
I remember all the good times at Bethany & still have the cross he made for us..
Jesus be with you as my Prayers are also...

Shelley Perry
   Posted Thu February 07, 2013
Dennis & family:

I am sorry to hear about the loss of your father. He is being well taken care of now.

Shelley, Lindsey & Jordan

Kristie Borgwardt
   Posted Sun February 10, 2013
Mr. Wolter was a great man and awesome neighbor to my grandparents, the Schenk's. I used to go there and play with his sons often when visiting my grandparents, when he lived next door to my grandparents. He will be missed, as will his smile and great attitude in life! He treated me like I was one of his kids and I felt special! I send my condolences to the family and friends.

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