Esther M. Kummerfeldt

Friday, September 4, 2009
Esther M. Kummerfeldt

Visitation will be Saturday from 9-11 a.m. at Zion Lutheran Church in Ruthven for Esther M. Kummerfeldt who passed away Tuesday, September 1, 2009, at Ruthven Community Care Center at the age of 96.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, Sept. 5, at Zion Lutheran Church in Ruthven. The Rev. Steve Ellerbusch will officiate the 11 a.m. service. Burial will be at Crown Hill Cemetery in Ruthven. Martin-Mattice Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.

The organist is Marge Trelstad. Casket bearers are John Kummerfeldt, Bob Kummerfeldt, Bruce Kummerfeldt, Randy Kummerfeldt, Del Jensen and Dale Jensen.

Esther M. Kummerfeldt, daughter of Charles and Alma (Bleckwenn) Witte, was born September 21, 1912, in Ziebach County, South Dakota. She received her education at Coal Springs, South Dakota.

On June 21, 1937 Esther was united in marriage to Carl Kummerfeldt in Elk Point, South Dakota. To this union three children were born.

Carl and Esther farmed near Lone Rock, Ruthven and Ringsted. In 1943 they moved into Ruthven. Esther was a homemaker and did day work for 45 years.

Esther was a devoted member of Zion Lutheran Church and Church Circle in Ruthven. She was an excellent seamstress and made many quilts for Lutheran World Relief as well as for her family.

Esther was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Carl in 1979; brothers, Edward Witte, Fritz Witte, Frank Witte, Charles Witte and Robert Witte; sisters, Freda Starkey and Arlene Bell; and a grandson, James Kummerfeldt.

She is survived by her children, Melvin Kummerfeldt and his wife, Marietta of Cedar Rapids, Larry Kummerfeldt and his wife, Loretta of New Richmond, Wisc., and Gail Jensen and her husband, Delbert of St. Ansgar; 11 grandchildren; many great grandchildren; brothers, Willard Witte of Knoxville, Tenn., and Rex Witte of Glad Valley, S.D.; sisters, Violet Zimmerman of Heber Springs, Ark., Grace Munyon of Isabel, S.D., and Joyce Hill of Omaha, Neb.; as well as many other relatives and friends.