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St. John Catholic Church
Sunday June 2nd, 2019

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Maureen "Rene" Pelter

Maureen “Rene” (McCauley) Pelter died on May 28, 2019.  She was born on October 21, 1926, in Battle Creek, Michigan, to Roch and Josephine (Smith) McCauley.  On November 24, 1946, she married Joseph A. Pelter, at St. John Catholic Church, Herington, and together they raised six children.

Maureen was active in her community over the years, including delivering Meals on Wheels, serving on the Herington Historical Society and Museum Board, and working at the election polls.  Maureen was an active member of St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, and served as a member and officer of the Altar Society, and the church organist for almost 40 years.  In 2009, Maureen was awarded the Distinguished Alumnus Award by her high school alma mater, St. Philip Catholic Central, for her lifetime of service to others.

Survivors include daughters, Linda Pelter of Gainesville, FL and Deborah Pelter-Laman of Concordia; sons, Christopher Pelter (Marsha) of Commerce City, CO, Timothy Pelter of Herington, and Scott Pelter (JoAnn) of Topeka; grandchildren, Kelsie Pelter of Olathe, Davyn Pelter of Denver, CO, Jenna Pelter of Manhattan, Dru Pelter of Tucson, AZ, and Dara Pelter of Hutchinson; and sisters, Carol Hayes and Virginia Hendrickson both of Battle Creek, MI.  Maureen was preceded in death by her husband, Joseph A. Pelter, and son, Joseph David Pelter; sister, Jeannie McCauley Steib, and her brother, Roch McCauley, Jr. 

Visitation will be held Sunday at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church between 5:00 and 7:00 PM, with the rosary beginning at 6:00 PM. 

Services will be at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church on Monday, June 3, 2019, at 10:00 AM, followed by interment at the St. John Catholic Cemetery in Herington.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial donation may be made to the St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church of Herington or the Herington Hospital Auxiliary in care of Zeiner Funeral Home-Herington Chapel.


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When people connect, age is irrelevant. My circle of close friends is small. I counted Rene Pelter as one.
Rene was a master of many things - music, piano, organ, card games, kids, listening, caring, living God's Word every day, and friendship. She was a master when it came to enjoying the simple pleasures of life - the beauty of a flower, the taste of scrumptious chocolate, the companionship of a friend. Rene epitomized pure joie de vivre and goodness. Fresh in my memory, I hear her voice saying, "Oh gosh, Sheri" and then her laugh.
She was my friend. I loved her. I miss her. My circle is smaller.

Sheri Alvey Jun 3 2019 12:00 AM

The staff at The Spot so enjoyed Rene's Visits on Sunday & occasionally during the week. She made us all smile & laugh! She will be missed. Our hearts are heavy; our condolence to the Pelter families.
Debe & Butch Knight & Spot staff

Debe Knight Jun 2 2019 12:00 AM

Our heartfelt Condolences to the Pelter Family.
Prayers are with you at this difficult time.

C.Floyd and Gisela Pauley, Manhattan,Ks Jun 1 2019 12:00 AM

Your Mother was blessed in so many ways. Next to heaven, the love of her family is the greatest reward for a life of love, prayer and service to others. Rest in peace Rene.

Mike OConnor

Mike O'Connor May 31 2019 12:00 AM

Rene was a wonderful soul that was like a second mother to both myself and Cindy. We spent so much time at the Pelter home enjoying her gracious and warm love and friendship. She raised a wonderful family of which we offer our deepest and most sincere condolences.

Mark McDonald May 31 2019 12:00 AM

Very nice woman. Always kind to me. Had a lot of fun at the Pelter House a Fixture on D st. RIP.

Craig Adams May 30 2019 12:00 AM