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Esther A. Baxter, 84

Nov 20, 2016

Esther Baxter

Blue Earth A Celebration of Life for Esther Baxter, age 84, Blue Earth, was held on Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2016 at the River of Life Worship Center, Blue Earth. Interment took place at Fairview Memorial Park, Fairmont. Esther passed away peacefully with her family around her on Nov. 10, 2016, at Lakeview Methodist Health care center in Fairmont.

Esther Amanda Lemke was born on April 4, 1932 in Wilbert, the daughter of Otto and Elizabeth (Wessel) Lemke. She attended St. Paul’s Lutheran School in Fairmont and Fairmont High School graduating in 1950. After high school she worked at Fairmont canning factory. She was united in marriage to William E. Baxter on Oct. 22, 1954.They first lived in rural Granada for twelve years and farmed. They moved to Blue Earth in 1967. They had four children, Shelley, Crystal, Robin and Theresa.

Esther enjoyed gardening, puzzles, crossword puzzles, Women’s Ministries at her church, embroidery and cloth painting, coloring and especially spending time with her grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents Elizabeth and Otto Lemke; brothers, Alfred, Victor, Emil and Hubert; sisters, Marcella Nicholson and Irene Robichaud; her daughter, Shelley (William) Schaefer; and son-in-law, Steve Schaefer.

She is survived by her children, Crystal (Jeff) Alfson, of Blue Earth, Robin (Sheldon) Bailey, of Rochester, and Theresa (Kyle) Hacklander, of Paynesville; grandchildren, Stacey Schaefer (Todd Keller); Matt (Lisa) Alfson; Mitch Alfson; Josh Bailey (Alejandra Vergara); Shelby Bailey, Connor Hacklander, Landry Hacklander, Chantil Hacklander, and Logen Hacklander; great-grandchild, Garrett Alfson; brothers, Sylvan (Dolores) Lemke, Reinhold (Lorraine) Lemke; two sisters-in-law, Betty Lemke and Maryl Lemke; and one brother-in-law, John Robichaud.