Esther Clara Rosina Bahn, 101, Pipestone, formerly of Jasper, died Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2015, at Avera McKennan Hospital in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.
A funeral service was Friday, Sept. 11, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Jasper. Burial was at Memory Gardens Cemetery in Luverne.
Esther Busch was born Oct. 21, 1913, to Leonard and Mathilda (Dierks) Busch on a farm near Fulda. She was baptized on Nov. 9, 1913, and confirmed on April 10, 1927. Esther grew up on the farm and attended school in Fulda. Upon completion of her education, she helped on the farm.
On Sept. 21, 1938, she married William Bahn Following their marriage they lived on Bill’s family farm in Denver Township near Hardwick. She and Bill farmed in Denver Township until 1966 when they moved to Hardwick. While living in Hardwick, Esther was a cook for the Hardwick school until it closed. A short time later, she began working as the cook at the Green Lantern Restaurant in Hardwick. Her husband died in 1992. In 1993 she moved to Jasper. In October 2007 she became a resident of the Good Samaritan Communities of Pipestone.
While living near Hardwick, Esther was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Trosky and then Zion Lutheran Church in Hardwick. When she moved to Jasper, she became a member of Trinity Lutheran Church there. She was also a member of the Golden Age Club in Jasper. She liked to play cards, especially pinochle and smear. She loved to sew, make quilts and to embroider. In their younger years, Esther and William loved to go dancing.
Esther is survived by three daughters, Marlene (Alvin) Bauman and Elaine (Ronald) Muller, all of Jasper, and JoAnn Current, Sleepy Eye; 10 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; 10 great-great-grandchildren; and one brother, Kenneth (Verna) Busch, Windsor, Colorado.
She was preceded in death by her husband, William Bahn; her daughter, Lorraine; two great-great-grandchildren, Bane and Leonidas Marquez; her parents; two brothers, George and Clarence Busch; and five sisters, Millie Fillman, Julia Koopman, Ida Reimer, Martha Gunderman, and Elsie Meier.
Arrangements are by Hartquist Funeral Home of Pipestone, www.hartquistfuneral.com.