Esther Viola Petersen, 96, Luverne, died Saturday, Dec. 2, 2017, at the Good Samaritan Society-Mary Jane Brown Home in Luverne.
Esther Drost was born on Jan. 27, 1921, to Frank and Sena (Meester) Drost on the family farm near Ash Creek. She was baptized and confirmed at the State Line Presbyterian Church on the Minnesota and Iowa state line. She attended school in Ash Creek. Esther helped her parents at home and later worked at the Sioux Falls Telephone Office and at the Western Cartridge Company in Alton, Illinois.
Esther married Roger Petersen of Hardwick on April 25, 1944, at the State Line Presbyterian Church. The couple’s first home was in Fayetville, North Carolina, while Roger was stationed at Fort Bragg prior to being sent overseas. Roger was discharged from the U.S. Army in 1945, and the young family returned to Minnesota, moving to the Petersen family farm near Hardwick. The couple farmed for the next 40 years.
Esther was a member of the United Methodist Church in Luverne. Her faith was very important to her. After their retirement in 1984, Esther and Roger moved to Luverne. They began spending six months of the year in Fort Myers, Florida, and six months in Luverne. They made wonderful friends in both locations and enjoyed traveling the country with their motor home, visiting friends, and fishing. Roger died in June of 2005 and Esther moved into an apartment in The Oaks in Luverne. She later became a resident at Poplar Creek assisted living and then the Good Samaritan Society–Mary Jane Brown Home in Luverne.
Esther is survived by two children, Elwayne Petersen, Luverne, and Glenyce (John) Lecher, Anderson, South Carolina; three grandchildren, Heath Petersen, Jared (Megan) Petersen, and Jennifer Young; seven great-grandchildren, Christine, Catherine and Michael Petersen, Joshua and Rachel Moling, Isaac Petersen, and Cole Young; a great-great-granddaughter, Charolett Moling; and a brother, Robert (JoAnna) Drost, Blue Springs, Missouri.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Roger; her parents; a brother and his wife, Elmer (Francis) Drost; and a sister and her husband, Louise (Norman) Vegge.
Arrangements were provided by Hartquist Funeral Home of Luverne, www.hartquistfuneral.com.