Wollter, Katherine

Katherine Wollter, 88, of Morenci, Mich., died Nov. 28, 2016, at her home, surrounded by her loving family, and under the care of Great Lakes Caring Hospice.

Born Feb. 22, 1928, she was the only daughter of the late Estel and Hila (Lyons) Eldredge.

Katherine, a graduate of Morenci High School, was a life-long resident of Morenci. She was a 39-year employee of the former A&P Company, and worked at several stores in the regional district, including the Morenci store. She was the very first female manager in the district, and she retired in 1991. Katherine had a lifelong love of learning, and took several correspondence courses over the years, of which included obtaining her license to sell real estate.

Katherine was a long-time member of the Morenci First Congregational Church and served the church in many capacities, including church treasurer and her current role as a member of its board of trustees. She also served previously as president of the church’s Ladies Union. She was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star, and was a supportive member of the Friends of Stair District Library, and also served on its board.

A beloved mother and grandmother, Katherine is remembered for her love of reading, which she passed down through the generations of her family. She also enjoyed sewing.

She is survived by a son, William J. (and Fleurette Slayton) Wollter of Morenci; a daughter, Patricia (and Dwight) Houttekier of Morenci; five grandchildren, Michael (and Maria) Wagner, Diane (and Carmen) Molitierno, Kristina (and Eric) DeMeritt, Kandice Jarrell, and Billi Jo (and Arthur) Erbskorn; 11 great-grandchildren; and four great-great grandchildren.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by two brothers, Francis “Pappy” Eldredge and Sgt. Major Thomas Eldredge; two great-grandchildren, Atlee and Chaney DeMeritt; and the love of her life, Larry Disbrow.

In accordance with Katherine’s wishes, her body has been donated for scientific purposes to the University of Michigan Medical School. A memorial service to honor her life is planned at 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 4, at the First Congregational Church in Morenci, with Pastor Greg Morrison officiating. Interment will be in Oak Grove Cemetery.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the First Congregational Church or the Friends of Stair District Library.