Alf Winte, pastry shop owner in Havertown

Alf A. Winte
Alf A. Winte
Posted: November 24, 2013

Alf Ake Winte, 83, a lifelong pastry chef who emigrated from Sweden and later owned a pastry shop in Havertown, died Friday, Oct. 18, at his home in Newtown Square from a stroke brought on by heart disease complications.

Mr. Winte honed his culinary skills as an apprentice pastry chef in Stockholm and Sala, which is about 65 miles outside the Swedish capital. By 1951, Mr. Winte and his future wife, Britt Lundvik, had opened their first bakery in Stockholm, Grev Ture.

The two married a year later, and in 1955 they came to America, settling in Denver, where one of his sisters was living.

They came to experience the American dream, said daughter Teresa Winte.

They planned to stay for only a couple of years but ended up making America their home. "He was a sweet, simple man," she said.

"He worked very hard all his life," his wife said. "He was a very witty and charming man."

Another daughter, Ann Sheafer, said, "He always had a mischievous grin and a twinkle in his eye."

In 1957, Mr. Winte lined up a job as a pastry chef with Viking Pastries in Ardmore and the family settled in Havertown.

He was at Viking for about three years before he ventured out on his own.

He opened Scandia Pastries in Havertown in 1961, and his wife and four children were involved in the family-owned and -operated business for more than 40 years.

Besides his wife and daughters, Mr. Winte is survived by his sons, Jan and Robert, four brothers; two sisters; and two grandchildren.

A memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 30, at Gloria Dei (Old Swedes') Church, 916 S. Swanson St., Philadelphia 19147.

Donations may be made to the church or the American Swedish Historical Museum, 1900 Pattison Ave., Philadelphia 19145.


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