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Esther Hermansen

Friday, March 20, 2009

Esther Hermansen
Funeral services for Esther Hermansen, 85 of Spencer, formerly of Ruthven, will be held at 10:30 a.m., Friday, March 30, 2009 at Bethany Lutheran Church of Spencer. Rev. Scott Meier and Rev. Dan Taylor will officiate the service.

Interment will take place at 1:30 p.m., Friday at Lost Island Lutheran Cemetery in Ruthven.

Esther passed away Tuesday, March 17, 2009 at Spencer Hospital.

Esther V. Hermansen, the daughter of P.K. and Anna (Duhn) Iverson, was born on the family farm July 11, 1923, in Palo Alto County, Iowa. Her childhood years were spent in Ruthven where she attended school and graduated from Ruthven High School.

Following graduation, she worked at a bakery for a short time in Emmetsburg, Iowa. On May 29, 1943, Esther was united in marriage to Don Hermansen at the Lost Island Lutheran Church.

For the next two years, Esther moved a few times with her husband while he was serving in the Army. The couple then returned to the Lost Island area and began farming. They farmed until 1966, when Don then went to work as a meat inspector for the federal government in Storm Lake and York, Neb. Following Don's retirement in 1979, they moved to Spencer.

Esther was a member of Lost Island Lutheran Church where she was baptized, confirmed, and married. After moving to Spencer, she became an active member of Bethany Lutheran Church.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Don; one brother; and four sisters.

Esther is survived by four daughters: Carol Steenhard and husband, Vernon of Olathe, Kansas, Donna Osher and husband, Bruce of Spirit Lake, LaVonne Pearce and husband, George of Gardner, Kansas, and Mary Twentyman and husband, Donald of Spirit Lake; five grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and one sister, Edith Fletcher of Longwood, Fla.

Warner Funeral Home of Spencer is in charge of arrangements.