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Esther A. Hovland, 94

Feb 7, 2011

Blue Earth – Esther Alma Hovland, age 94, of Blue Earth, died Jan. 13, 2011, at St. Luke’s Lutheran Care Center, Blue Earth.

Funeral Services were held Jan. 17, 2011, at Trinity Lutheran Church, in Blue Earth. The Rev. Dr. Mark Wilms officiated. Burial was in Riverside Cemetery, Blue Earth. Patton Funeral Home and Cremation Service was in charge of arrangements.

Esther was born Nov. 6, 1916, in Crystal Lake, Iowa, the daughter of Torstein “Ted” and Josephine “Josie” (Skogen) Helgeland. The family soon moved to a farm near Bricelyn. She was confirmed at Bethany Lutheran Church, rural Frost. She attended Homedahl Country School and graduated from Bricelyn High School in 1934 as Valedictorian. She graduated from the Swedish Hospital School of Nursing as an R.N. in 1939. She worked at the Waterloo Hospital in Iowa before marrying Laurence Hovland on March 3, 1940. They farmed in the Bricelyn area for 25 years before moving to Blue Earth where they owned and ran the Rock Shop. Esther also worked as Assistant Director of Nurses at St. Luke’s for 13 years. She was active in Ladies’ Aid and Sunday School activities at Bethany Lutheran Church and later loved quilting and Circle Bible Study groups at Trinity Lutheran Church, in Blue Earth. She and Laurence attended Mt. Carmel Bible Camp at Alexandria for many years and volunteered with the Latin American Mission for several winters in Laredo, Texas. She was a 4-H Adult Leader for many years and also was active in the Farm Bureau, WCTU, Hospice, Interfaith Caregivers, and the Gideon Auxiliary.

Esther Alma Hovland is survived by her sons, Lyle (Pam) Hovland, of Madison Lake, Keith (Karen) Hovland, of St. Paul, Claire (Cheryl) Hovland, of Andover; daughters, Barabara (Charles) Baker, of Frost, Sheryl (Paul) Hove, of St. Paul; brothers-in-law, Howard (Eunice) Hovland, of Sioux Falls, S.D., and Henry Blohm, of Kiester; sisters, Agnes Lodden, of Humboldt, Iowa, and Vivian (Cy) Olson, of Albert Lea; 21 grandchildren and step-grandchildren; 31 great and step-great-grandchildren; and three step-great-grandchildren.

Esther was preceded in death by her parents; husband; and grandson, Matthew Lee (Hiniker) Hovland; sister, Selma Kiihn; and three brothers, Norman, Gilman and Jerome Helgeland.

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