WHITTEMORE -- Funeral service for Esther Steier of Whittemore is Saturday, Nov. 16, at 10:30 a.m. at St. Michael's Catholic Church in Whittemore. Father Victor Ramaeker and Father Cecil Friedmann will concelebrate the Funeral Mass.
Interment will be in St. Michael's Catholic Cemetery, Whittemore. Honorary graveside rites will be conducted by members of Seely-Walsh Post #425, Whittemore. Oakcrest Funeral Services, Whittemore, is in charge of arrangements.
Esther Lydia Steier was born Nov. 1, 1925, at Whittemore to John and Amanda (Dau)?Ruhnke. She attended country school before graduating from Fenton High School in 1943. She worked at Vans Music Store in Mason City until her marriage to Earl Steier on March 27, 1951, in Mason City.
The couple farmed west of Whittemore. In 1978, Esther organized a German Band for the Whittemore Centennial and helped start the pageant. In 1989 she helped organize a chorus for St. Michael's Centennial Pageant and for many years played Taps for the Whittemore American Legion at military funerals and on Memorial Day. She also enjoyed Canadian fishing, music and the St. Louis Cardinals Baseball team.
Esther was a member of St. Michael's Catholic Church, and volunteered for many church activities and belonged to many church organizations. She also was a member of the Whittemore Women's Club.
Esther became a resident of the Good Samaritan Society in August, 2013, and died there Monday evening, Nov. 11, 2013, at the age of 88.
Survivors include her children, Tom and Marla Steier of Whittemore, Tim and Barb Steier of Blue Earth, MN, MaryLou and Lyle Pinnekamp of Garner, Bill and Julie Steier of Inver Grove Heights, MN, and Paul and Susan Steier of Granger; 12 grandchildren and three great grandchildren.
Esther was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Earl, on July 25, 2005; sisters, Elna Hannover, Martha Bierstedt, Melinda Berninghaus and Tillie Thompson; and brothers, Ervin Ruhnke, Fred Ruhnke and Art Ruhnke.