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Esther Naessig

Esther Naessig, 97 of Webster died on Monday, August 8, 2011 at Sun Dial Manor in Bristol. Her funeral will be at 2:00 P.M. Saturday, August 13, 2011 at St. Johns Lutheran Church in Webster, Rev. Daniel Ostercamp will officiate. Burial will be at Webster Cemetery. Visitation will be on Friday 5-7 P.M. and prior to services on Saturday at the church. Esther Myrtle Ludtke was born on Friday, January 9, 1914 to Otto and Emma (Hintzeman) Ludtke at Webster, South Dakota. The family resided on a farm in Morton Township, Day County east of Webster. She was baptized at the German Lutheran Church in Webster. She attended country school near her home and graduated from Webster High School in 1932. She married Lloyd Rowland in Minneapolis, Minnesota and then they moved to Oakland, California. To this union, five children were born, Marlene, Lloyd, Lester, Bernard and Gayle. She returned to Webster and in 1947 married Arthur Reiprich. On August 22, 1960 she was united in marriage to Carl W. Naessig. After their marriage the couple made their home in Webster where he farmed south of town and she worked at Bethesda Home as a cook for many years and later as head cook for three years. The couple entered Bethesda Home in April 2005. Carl passed away in October 2005. She was a member of St. Johns Lutheran Church where she was active in Ladies Aide and Circle. She was instrumental in the planning and forming of Pleasant View Apartments, was very proud of her association with the Webster Senior Meal Program and being a part of acquiring the Senior Transportation for Day County. She was actively involved in the Hospital Auxiliary. She was selected by then Governor Janklow to represent the Day County Senior Citizens in Washington, D.C. While there, she met President Ronald Reagan and Senator Tom Daschle. Esther passed away on Monday, August 8, 2011 at Bristol, South Dakota at the age of 97 years, 6 months and 30 days. She is survived by all her five children, Marlene (Harold Mitchell) VanDenBerg of Sioux Falls, SD, Lloyd (Grace) Rowland of Vermillion, SD, Lester (Loxie) Rowland of Waubay, SD, Bernard (Margaret) Rowland of Albany, OR and Gayle Naessig of Newark, OH; numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren; nieces and nephews; and a special friend, Lois Monteith. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband and four brothers.

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love and blessings to family of Esther!!my memories go way back to the 40's and 50's while living in Webster area --church and circle; dinners at aunt Inga Reditzke's plus many more happy occasions ---esp. do i recall the two of us painting Aunt Inga's bathroom on the farm!that was an experience we enjoyed talking about!Esther was a dedicated volunteer and friend --you[all of us] shall miss her i know but MEMORIES do keep her close in heart ---love ruth

Ruth Gregerson Aug 14 2011 12:00 AM

Dear Gramma, Yes that is how I spell it =) We all knew this would come but are never ready. I am glad you were able to meet Kale (Chelsea's little boy/my grandson) when we were home over the 4th. We will always treasure the pictures! I want you to know I'm sorry I can't be there right now but that I am in heart. Our little Kale is being baptised. When I think about my time spent with you I will smile. I am thankful for my Dad for helping to keep us all close... Love You Gramma <3

Lori Finnick (Rowland) Aug 11 2011 12:00 AM

Grandma.. I'm sure going to miss you. I'm so thankful to have such a wonderful Grandma like you and have such wonderful memories!! Love you, Your granddaughter Rhonda

Rhonda Oldson Aug 10 2011 12:00 AM

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Esther. Mom (CeCelia "Toots" Gregerson) always injoyed her company. Mom is down here in South Mississippi, with us and she is enjoying very good health. Toots and Kay

Kay Skeide Aug 10 2011 12:00 AM

we will miss you. We love you Grandma.

Roxanne Rice Aug 9 2011 12:00 AM

Grandma your with Grandpa I sure am going To miss you ! Thank you for the Love n Memories! Your Grandaughter Suzanne

Suzanne Gillette Aug 9 2011 12:00 AM

what a beautiful lady you are grandma, i miss you.

jackie tschetter Aug 9 2011 12:00 AM

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