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Catherine “Kitty” Winter, 100

Catherine “Kitty” Winter of Maple Lake died Tuesday, Aug. 29, 2023, at the Buffalo Hospital in Buffalo. She was 100.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 6, at St. Timothy Catholic Church in Maple Lake with Fr. Kevin Magner as Celebrant. Burial will be at the Church of St. Anthony Cemetery in Watkins. Visitation will be from 4-7 p.m. Tuesday, and 9-10 a.m. Wednesday, both at Dingmann Funeral Care Chapel in Maple Lake.

Catherine Louise Klein was born Jan. 23, 1923, in Watkins to George and Catherine (Erpelding) Klein. She grew up in Watkins. Kitty was united in marriage to Raynold Winter on Sept. 24, 1946, at the Church of St. Anthony in Watkins. They started their family in Watkins prior to moving to Maple Lake in 1958. Kitty sewed for Carlson Dolls in Maple Lake for many years. She was a member of St. Timothy Catholic Church, the St. Timothy CCW, Central MN POW/MIA, Maple Lake American Legion Auxiliary, and The Ladybugs. Kitty enjoyed floral and vegetable gardening, sewing, bird watching, reading, and spending time outdoors. She loved any excuse to bring family together.

Kitty was preceded in death by her parents, husband Raynold Winter, infant daughter SueEllen Winter, daughter Sheila Benson, son-in-law Sheldon Fertig, great-grandchild Samantha Knott, and nine brothers and sisters.

She is survived by her children Sandy Brooks (and Wally Winsor) of Champlin, Steve (and Pat) Winter of Custer, S.D., Scott (and Jean) Winter of Grand Rapids, Sharon Fertig of Buffalo, and Suzanne Daniels of Robbinsdale; son-in-law Rick Benson of Buffalo; 13 grandchildren: Marilyn (and Randy) Blasus, Patty (and Andrew) Hooks, Travis Winter, Craig (and Jaime) Winter, Angie (and Kevin) Conn, Katie (and Dave) Wagner, Lindsay (and Ashley) Verdeck, Jill (and Jeff) McBride, Keith (and Rachelle) Winter, Sheldon Fertig, Shane (and Kristina) Fertig, Alexandra Daniels, and Isabelle Daniels; 17 great-grandchildren: Matt Knott, Carissa (and Jordan) Treder, Gabriel, Graelyn (and Lynn), Lincoln, Gibson, Natasha, Annaliese, Blake, and Josephine Winter, Logan, and Kendra Conn, Calvin, Spencer, and Madelyn Graham, and Ryan and Madison Fertig; and great-great-granddaughters Rachel, Kyra, and Cora Knott.

Casket bearers will be Matt Knott, Travis Winter, Lindsay Verdeck, Keith Winter, Shane Fertig, and Isabelle Daniels. Krista Elsenpeter and Sarah Goelz will provide music for the service. Arrangements are entrusted with Dingmann Funeral Care Burial and Cremation Services of Maple Lake.

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