Van Lith Walter H., 85, of Charter House, Rochester, died Sat., May 31, 2003 at St. Mary's Hospital following a brief illness. Born Jan. 6, 1918 in Milbank, SD, he married Ethel Muller on Nov. 22, 1941 in San Diego, CA and moved to Rochester in 1951. Walter was a businessman in Rochester. Survivors include his wife; daughter, Gretchen (Robert L.) MacCarty; 2 grandchildren; 3 brothers, Arnold "Bud", Crosslake, MN, Henry, Loretto, MN, Eugene "Jim", Kasson, MN; 4 sisters, Justine Stien, Pasadena, CA, Rita Patnode, Becker, MN, Joanne Rohde, Springfield, OR, and Juanita Childs, Temple City, CA. He was preceded in death by 2 brothers and 3 sisters. Funeral Mass 10 AM Wednesday at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, Rochester, MN. Memorials are suggested to St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church and to the Mayo Foundation for Alzheimer's research. Arr. by Macken Funeral Home, Rochester.

Published on June 3, 2003

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