Shannon M. Bolter

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Shannon M. Bolter, 49, of Willmar, died Tuesday, February 18th at Carris Health Rice Memorial Hospital in Willmar.  Her Mass of Christian Burial will be 11:00 am, Monday, February 24th at Church of St. Mary with interment in the church cemetery.  Visitation will be Sunday from 4-6 pm, at the church with a Prayer Service at 3:30 pm, and continue one hour prior to the service on Monday.  Memorials can be directed to the family. Funeral arrangements are with Harvey Anderson Funeral Home in Willmar.


Shannon Marie Bolter was born July 14th, 1970 in Willmar Minnesota, daughter of Alan (Bud) and Helaine (Bouta) Bolter. Shannon was baptized, made her first communion and was confirmed at the Church of St. Mary in Willmar where she was member of the St. Mary’s Together group, was a hospitality minister and helped at the annual gala and fall festival.


Shannon attended Willmar public schools and graduated in 1991. In school, she was involved in the Key Club, along with being the number one fan of many sporting events which she continued to be. Shannon was given her Willmar High School lifetime activity pass this past year.


Shannon was a member of AIM, including Peoples First Advocacy Group and the annual rose fundraisers, Special Olympics and loved attending the Honor Society spring prom at WHS.


She began her career at West Central Industries and worked with her friends along with enjoying the activities provided. She enjoyed being part of the WCI work crews, the WCI choir and volunteering at Hawk Creek Animal Shelter. 


Curling was a newfound sport that Shannon enjoyed. She participated in the Adaptive Curling Group (Outsliders) and she loved spending time practicing with the volunteer coaches at the Blue Line Club. She had the honor of carrying the American flag for the opening ceremony of the Junior National curling event.


Shannon didn’t let her disability of Prader Willi Syndrome (PWS) affect her life or spirit. She was a joy to those she met along with sharing her laugh, her smile and her grin. The many things she enjoyed were her word search, puzzles, card games, game shows and especially her iPad.  She loved her house mates and staff, who she considered her friends. Shannon taught and showed us love, patience, determination, strength, compassion and unconditional love. 


Shannon’s greatest joy in life was her family. She is survived by her mother, Helaine; her brother, Patrick (Lisa) Bolter, Harrisburg, SD; nephew, Zachary (Brandi Ramey) Bolter, Sioux Falls, SD; niece, Brittany (Ross) Trujillo, Sioux Falls, SD; great nephews: Lucas, Oliver and Benjamin Trujillo.


She was proceeded in death by her dad, Bud Bolter.

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