Submitted by Dan Rich

Submitted by Dan Rich


South Bend Tribune 9/2/2004

Jane P. Wolter

May 2, 1917 -- Aug. 30, 2004


Jane P. Wolter, 87, a lifelong Mishawaka, Ind., resident, passed away Monday evening, Aug. 30. Jane was a resident of the Arborwood Living Center.

She was born May 2, 1917, in Mishawaka, a daughter of August and Rose (Lamirand) Weber. Jane was a 1935 graduate of Mishawaka High School. On Sept. 19, 1936, in St. Joseph Catholic Church, she married Joseph Wolter Sr. Jane's employment included Wolter Photo Service, Ball Band and Dodge Manufacturing. Her true love was being a homemaker. She particularly enjoyed working in the kitchen and is remembered for her baking, desserts being a specialty. Jane shared her baking with others and was known for taking food to area grieving families. She was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church, their Harvest House Senior Group and at one time belonged to the Rosary Society. Jane was a volunteer with literacy training and hosted participants in Special Olympics at Notre Dame. The Wolters did extensive traveling both in the United States and abroad. Germany was a favorite destination, and Jane even learned German before vacationing there. Jane also was fond of teddy bears and enjoyed the snow. The holidays were a highlight in her life, and in her later years she was particularly focused on her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Jane's surviving family includes her three children, Joseph A. Wolter (Christine) of South Bend, Ind., W. Dennis Wolter (Mary) of Beverly Shores and Carol Ernst (J. Anthony) of Granger, Ind.; a sister, Katherine Benjamin of Mishawaka; 10 grandchildren, Joseph M. Wolter (Kelly), William R. Wolter (Yvette), Thomas C. Wolter, Lisa M. Wolter Brezine (Adam), William D. Wolter Jr., Meg J. Wolter, Michael J. Ernst (Cathy), Patricia J. McFadden (John), John P. Ernst (Carrie), and James W. Ernst (Laura); and 14 great-grandchildren.

Jane was preceded in death by her parents; her husband of 63 years, Joe; a brother, August Weber; sisters, Marguerite Scheibelhut and Helen Wolfe; an infant brother, Allen Weber; and infant sisters, Marie and Henrietta Weber.

Friends may spend time with Jane's family on Friday from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. in the Thallemer, Goethals & Wells Funeral Home, 503 W. Third St., Mishawaka, where the Rosary will be recited at 3:30 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. on Saturday in St. Joseph Catholic Church, 225 S. Mill St., Mishawaka, with Rev. Anthony Puchenski officiating. Burial will follow at Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens, Osceola, Ind.