Esther Emma Ruth Weber, 92, Luverne, died Monday, Feb. 22, 2016, at the Good Samaritan Society – Mary Jane Brown Home in Luverne.
A funeral service was Saturday, Feb. 27, at St. John Lutheran Church in Luverne. Burial followed at Trinity Lutheran Cemetery in rural Steen.
Esther Kitchenmaster was born July 19, 1923, to William and Sophia (Schoon) Kitchenmaster on the family farm west of Steen. She received her baptism on Aug. 12, 1923, at Trinity Lutheran Church near Steen. She grew up first on the farm and then in Steen and Luverne. Esther attended school in Hills and Luverne and received her education through the tenth grade. She was confirmed in her Lutheran faith on July 11, 1937, at St. John Lutheran Church in Luverne.
On November 28, 1948, Esther married William Weber at St. John Lutheran Church in Luverne. The couple made their home on the Weber farm in Clinton Township, Rock County, until September 1982, when they moved into Luverne. Along with being a homemaker and farmwife, Esther worked at Goeman’s Grocery and Goehle restaurant in Steen and at the Luverne Bakery. She also raised and sold dressed poultry for many years. Later in life, she worked for Rock County Human Services doing light housework and stayed with senior citizens in their own homes when needed. Her husband died Nov. 6, 2003. In January 2013 Esther became a resident at the Good Samaritan Society – Mary Jane Brown Home in Luverne.
Esther was a member of St. John Lutheran Church where she belonged to Circle and taught Sunday School for many years. She enjoyed crocheting, playing cards for fun, and flower and vegetable gardening. She especially enjoyed baking for her grandchildren.
She is survived by a son, William (Barbara) Weber of Luverne; a daughter-in-law, Shirley Weber of Luverne; six grandchildren, Beverly Weber (Gonzalo Serrano), Rebecca Weber (Clint Eichstadt), Lynette (Richard) Preiner, Christina (Christopher) Snow, Brian (Sara) Weber, and Will (Beth) Weber; four great-grandchildren, Isla Snow, Nolan Weber, William “Liam” Weber, and Emersen Snow; a sister-in-law, Mary Kitchenmaster of Luverne; nieces, nephews and other relatives.
She was preceded in death by her husband, William; a son, Charles Weber; an infant grandchild; her parents; and five siblings, Clara Hildebrandt, Eli Kitchenmaster, William Kitchenmaster, an infant sister, and Wesley Kitchenmaster.
Arrangements were by Hartquist Funeral Home of Luverne, www.hartquistfuneral.com.