Regina Henriette Kolterman, age 84 of Faribault, died on Sunday, January 27, 2013 at the Northfield Medical Center.
A gathering of family and friends will be held at the home of JoAnn Kolterman and Kevin Anonby, 17965 Eiler Avenue, Faribault on Saturday, April 20, 2013 from 1 to 4 p.m.
Arrangements are being completed by the Boldt Funeral Home, Faribault.
Regina, the daughter of Franz Xaver and Maria (Rouenhoff) Israel, was born on October 6, 1928 in Uedem, Germany, the 6th of 13 children. She lived in Germany through the duration of World War II, and met her future husband, Kenneth L. Kolterman, there in 1955. The couple later married on May 3, 1956 in Kaiserslautern, West Germany. Together they had four children: William (Bill) , Kenneth Paul (Kenny) , JoAnn , and Eva .
After the birth of their second child, the family moved to the United States, and made their home in Massachusetts, where their last two children were born. In 1971, the family decided to move to Minnesota, where Regina's husband had been born and raised. They chose to live in Medford, and over the years of living there, Regina worked for both Jerome Foods and Medford Public Schools. She remained in Medford until 1987, five years after her husband's passing (July 18, 1982). She then traveled to many different places, staying or living with friends and family in such places as Maryland, Florida, Alabama, Hawaii, Canada, and Virginia, before finally returning to Minnesota in 2007. She lived in Faribault with her daughter JoAnn and son-in-law Kevin from that date until the time of her passing.
Regina enjoyed reading, gambling, cooking, making jewelry, knitting, and entertaining with her friends and family. She loved to tell stories and was often the life of the party. She was fiercely stubborn and independent, but always put others before herself. She was deeply loved and already sincerely missed by all those whose lives she touched.
She is survived by one sister, Klara Poen of Germany; two daughters, JoAnn Kolterman (and Kevin Anonby, Sr.) of Faribault, and Eva (and Mike) Champ of Front Royal, VA; one daughter-in-law, Rosina Kolterman of Faribault; seven grandchildren, Kevin Anonby, Jr. (39), Ken Nelson (35), Troy Kolterman (32), Nicole Fels (24), Cathryn Champ (23), Jessica Lovdahl (22), and Janet Kolterman (21); three great-grandchildren, Shyler, Dacota, and Gracie Nelson.
She was preceded in death by her parents; eleven siblings; her husband, Kenneth; and two sons, Bill and Kenny Kolterman.
Name: Lucy Braulik
Date: Wednesday April 17, 2013
I have so many great memories of your mom, JoAnn. We're so sorry to hear she's gone. Love and prayers to all of you. Jim and Lucy
Date: Sunday February 10, 2013
You will always be my strength that carries me through each day. You will always be my light that guides me through the darkness. You will always be the laughter I feel when I smile. You will always be with me deep in my heart. I love you my wonderful mother and miss you more than words can say!
Name: Yannick, Shantelle, Brianna, Dominique and Mikaela Bisson
Date: Thursday February 07, 2013
What can I say about Tante Regina? A lot. From the first day I met her I found her fascinating. Her giant laugh that came from her soul, her bright eyes, quick wit and wonderful German accent. I could have listened to her for hours and hours. Sadly our visits were few and far between due to Geography, but her spirit and energy never left me and when many years later I married by husband, Yannick, he was equally enamoured and enchanted by her incredible spirit. Our three daughters also have fond memories of the fireball that was Regina...there haven't been many like her before and I'm sure there won't be many like her now that she is gone. We're all richer for having known her, she was strong and in the face of so many adversities you were still guaranteed to be greeted with joy when you saw her. I hope that should my life ever get so tough I too will have the fortitude of character that she had. She was a great lady and I know we, the Bisson's will miss just knowing she's "out there" very much. We send you, Joanna, Eva and your loved ones much love at this difficult time. Sincerely Yannick, Shantelle and girls
Date: Monday February 04, 2013
The first time I saw my aunt was when I was an impressionable 8 year old. My mother was beyond excited because her sister had just come from Germany with her American husband and was coming for a visit before settling in Massachusetts. My mother had left 10 siblings behind in Germany when she followed my dad to Paris, France and eventually to Canada. Two of the 13 siblings, boys, had died as children. My mother had not seen any of her family in 8 years. The car pulled up to the curb, and out stepped this vision in a white summer dress with big black polka dots on it. It was a dress that only the women in the fifties could pull off. Sleeveless, scoop neck, big crinoline and cinched at the waist with a wide red leather belt. She had on silk stockings with a black seam up the back, red leather spike heels and carried a red leather bag. She had on makeup and deep red lipstick. I remember telling my sisters, "someday, I am going to look like that" This was my Tante Regina. I fell in love with her that day and I will love her always. To Joann and Eva, thank you for sharing your mom with me all these years.
Name: Annmarie and Jerry Mesker
Date: Sunday February 03, 2013
We loved Regina from the first day we met her. She was spunky and loved life, friends and most of all her family. She always had a smile on her face especially telling about her trips to the casinos. We will miss her dearly and know that she is watching over us and keeping us in her heart. We were honored to be part of her life.
Name: Marilyn (Matejcek) Smith
Date: Tuesday January 29, 2013
My thoughts and Prayers to all of you! Your mom was a wonderful lady and will be missed by all. Thoughts and prayers to you!
Name: Glenn L. Smith and family
Date: Monday January 28, 2013
We are so sorry for your loss and pray for you that Regina's decades of great memories will bring you comfort and joy. With sympathy and prayers to all of you.