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Esther Anderson

Feb. 28, 1920-March 17, 2012

Former Park Rapids and Ponsford resident Esther A. Anderson, 92, of Detroit Lakes, died Saturday, March 17, 2012 at Lamplighter Manor in Detroit Lakes.

Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Saturday, March 24 at Runeberg Apostolic Lutheran Church in rural Menahga, with pastors Irvin Peterson and Art Skoog officiating. Interment will be in Woodland Cemetery, New York Mills.

Friends may call from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, March 23 at David-Donehower Funeral Home in Detroit Lakes and at the church for one hour prior services on Saturday.

Esther Ailie Anderson was born to William and Hilma (Illikainen) Hasty on February 28, 1920 in Kingston, Minn. She was raised and educated in Kingston and is a 1938 graduate of Litchfield High School. She attended teacher training in Litchfield and taught in Kingston schools for four years.

Esther was united in marriage to Melton R. Anderson, April 27, 1944 in Detroit Lakes. They farmed in rural Ponsford until the early 1960s. They moved to Park Rapids in 1993 and to Detroit Lakes in 1998. Melton died in 1999 and Esther continued to make her home at Lamplighter Manor.

Esther enjoyed coloring pictures, playing music on her keyboard and singing hymns, keeping her journals and jigsaw puzzles. She was very organized and knew how to plan her day. Her life was sustained by her faith.

Survivors include five sons, Harold (Georgia) of Fergus Falls, Bruce of St. Cloud, John (Carol) of Fergus Falls, Steven of Taft, Calif., and Terry of Detroit Lakes; seven daughters, Gini (Ronnie) Oines of Park Rapids, Susan Keezer of Elbow Lake Village, Linda Anderson of Champlain, Minn., Sharon Moe of Detroit Lakes, Elizabeth Lindahl of Rockport, Texas, Kristine Powell of Bemidji and Jodi Dey of Detroit Lakes; numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren and great-great grandchildren.

In addition to her husband, Melton, she was preceded in death by three brothers, Carl, Einar and Elmer; five sisters, Mae, Helen, Ellen, Emma and Ailie; and three sons-in-law, Ken, Moe and Dan.

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