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Esther L. Hanson, 96

Mar 16, 2014

Esther L. Hanson

Blue Earth Esther L. Hanson, age 96, of Blue Earth, died Sunday, March 9, 2014, at United Hospital District.

Funeral Services were held on Saturday, March 15, 2014, at 11 a.m. at Faith Lutheran Church in Blue Earth. Rev. Brent Walker officiated. Burial was in Riverside Cemetery, Blue Earth. Patton Funeral Home & Cremation Service was in charge of arrangements.

Esther was born April 7, 1917, in Bricelyn, the daughter of Ole T. and Elizabeth (Gronfor) Silrum. She was a 1925 graduate of?Bricelyn High School and then took her Normal Training. She taught in the Bricelyn Country School before her marriage to Oswald M. Hanson on Sept. 25, 1940 at Bethany Lutheran Church in?Frost. She taught for a short time at Frost High Schools before starting her family. Esther had also become a nurse, working at the Blue Earth Hospital. She attended Floral Arts School and owned and operated Esther’s Flowers for a few years before resuming her nursing career at St. Luke’s Lutheran Care Center. While at St. Luke’s she earned her LPN and eventually retired in the late 1980s. Esther was a charter member of Faith Lutheran Church.?She faithfully helped share her Love of Jesus with her church and community through leading Bible Study classes and singing hymns of faith.

She is survived by her son, Donald (Sonja) Hanson, of Caledonia, Ill.; daughter, Dianne (Richard) Gunhus, of Blue Earth; sister-in-law, Marie Silrum, of Eagan; granddaughters, Heidi Nevoso, Trudi (Shawn) Ainsworth, Cari (Dan) Schirmer, Sheila (Michael) Busch, and Suzanne (Scott) Otto; 11 great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

Esther was preceded in death by her husband in 1976; sisters, Alma Holmseth and Dena Erdal; brothers, Edwin, Jorgen, Reuben and Thilmer Silrum; and daughter-in-law, Ann Hanson.

A memorial has been established in her name.

Web tributes may be left at www.pattonfh.com