UPSALA -- Peter Tretter, 86, Upsala, died Friday, Nov. 2, 2001, at the St. Cloud Hospital.
He was born May 5, 1915, in Buh Township, Morrison County, to Christ and Elizabeth (Ulrich) Tretter. He grew up on a farm and attended country school. He moved to Mankato and worked on farms as a hired hand. In 1940, he joined the Army where he served in the Medical Detachment 634th, Anti Aircraft Artillery unit. He was stationed in Alaska from 1941 to 1944 and in Germany from 1944 to 1945. He received an honorable discharge in September 1945. He married Viola Tschida on Nov. 14, 1945, at St. John's Catholic Church in Lastrup. They lived in Little Falls where he worked at various business. They moved to Upsala in 1951 where he owned and operated Tretter's Garage until 1971. He then worked as a construction laborer for Minnesota Laborers #563 until 1980. He retired in 1980 as a metal recycler. He was a member of the Bowlus American Legion Post 642 for 53 years and St. Mary's Catholic Church.
Survivors include his wife, Viola; two sons, Robert Tretter, Little Falls, and Randy Tretter, Upsala; two daughters, Janice Burggraff, Clear Lake, and Brenda Lange, St. Joseph; two brothers, William Tretter, Philadelphia, and Rhiney Tretter, Nicollet; two sisters, Catherine Dimmick, Freeport, Ill., and Mary Ann Hillmer, St. Paul; 11 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
His parents; his stepmother, Clara; six brothers; two sisters; and two granddaughters died earlier.
Services will be 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Upsala with Father Greg Mastey officiating. Burial will be in the parish cemetery with military rites by the Bowlus American Legion Post 642.
Friends may call from 4 to 9 p.m. Monday and one hour before services Tuesday at the church. Christian Mothers will pray the rosary at 7 p.m. Sunday at the church followed by the American Legion service at 7:30 p.m. and parish prayers at 8 p.m.
Arrangements are with the Shelley Funeral Chapel in Upsala.
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