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Beverly Rae Bolte

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July 7, 1933 - January 28, 2024


Visitation for Beverly R. Bolte was held on Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2024 from 4 to 7 p.m. at Martin-Mattice Funeral Home in Emmetsburg. Services were held on Thursday, Feb. 1 at 11 a.m. at St. Luke’s Lutheran Church in Cylinder. Pastor Duane Miesner officiated. Interment was at St. Luke’s Lutheran Cemetery in Cylinder.

Beverly Rae (Renfrow) Bolte, was born July 7, 1933, in Independence Township, the daughter of Howard K. and Florence Emilie Augusta (Laabs) Renfrow. Beverly began her education in North Dakota where she attended a one room country school. She then attended high school in Calvin, N.D., graduating in 1950.  Following graduation, Beverly continued her education in Grand Forks, N.D. where she received certification in the field of Home Economics.

On Sept. 9, 1951, Beverly was united in marriage to Delond George Bolte at the Presbyterian parsonage in Calvin, N.D. Delond and Bev moved to Fairville, Iowa, to farm. They were blessed with  five children. Bev actively farmed along with Delond. She was a devoted mother, cooking, sewing and raising her family.

Bev was a faithful member of St. Luke’s Lutheran Church in Fairville where she was active in Ladies Aid, A.A.L. and L.W.M.L.  She served as historian for the church for many years.

Bev was a member of the Palo Alto County Genealogy organization where she served as treasurer. She loved doing family genealogy as well. Bev made many quilts throughout her life, sharing them with her family. She had been very involved in the 4-H program and the Irish Stepperettes when her children were younger.

Beverly passed away Sunday, Jan. 28 at the Palo Alto County Hospital in Emmetsburg at the age of 90.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Howard and Florence (Laabs) Renfrow; her husband, Delond G. Bolte; father-in-law and mother-in-law, George and Viola (Gremmels) Bolte; a grandson  Nathaniel Webster; great-grandson Colby Bolte; son-in-law Paul Darnell; sister-in-law Ivadell (Bolte) Walton; and brother-in-law Charles Walton.

She is survived by her children; George L. Bolte (Sheryl) of Wooldridge, Mo., David A. Bolte (Janet) of Cylinder, Debra L. Steven (Craig) of Lakota, Patricia R. Darnell of Fenton and Gary H. Bolte of Cylinder; nine grandchildren; Gwyndolyn Birk (Eric), Jason Bolte (Celeste), Crystal Bolte, Christina Meissner (Jeff), Wendy Schnieders (Todd), Doris Blocker (Michael), Mary Steven, Angel Riecks (Thomas P.) and Hope Bell (Ronson); thirteen great- grandchildren; Emily Mason (Haydn), Karen Rae Ehret, Kevin Meissner, Sean Meissner, Allison Meissner, Diedrick Schnieders, Jordan Blocker, Caelum Blocker, Zackery Steven, Thomas D. Riecks, Memphis Riecks, Adam Bell and Starr Bell; great-great-grandchild, Fionnegain Mason; her brother, Kenneth E. Renfrow of Langdon, N.D.; as well as many other relatives and friends.

Arrangements by Martin-Mattice Funeral Home,

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