Esther Selma Marohn, age 97, of Annandale, died Sunday, Nov. 23, 2008, at the Annandale Care Center.
She was born Sept. 22, 1911, on a farm at Rock Lake near Maple Lake. Esther was baptized by Pastor Vahl Oct. 22, 1911, and confirmed by Pastor Alfred Streufert May 24, 1925, at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Middleville Township.
As a young girl, Esther worked for various families taking care of infants and children and helping out with the many household chores.
She married Edwin Marohn of Howard Lake May 7, 1933, at the Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Middleville Twp. Together, they farmed and raised five children on Edwin’s home place.
In 1950, the family moved to Albion Center Store and from there, went back to farming south of Howard Lake, while being members of St. James Lutheran Church in Howard Lake.
Esther was a very hard worker, working alongside her husband and keeping up the household. She always had a big garden and did a lot of canning, but Esther never lost her sense of humor.
After a number of years, another move was made to a farm in rural Delano, and the family became members of Crawford Lake Church.
After a while, they moved to Buffalo, where they lived for a very short time and Esther began to work for Keplinger Produce.
In 1963, they moved back to a farm that was close to Edwin’s home place. They resided there until Esther entered the Annandale Care Center.
Esther loved the farm and was very happy to be back and so close to her home church once again, where she remained a member until her death.
She enjoyed being in the Lutheran Women’s Missionary League and did a lot of quilting with the ladies of the church. She also did a lot of quilting on her own, using the old quilting frames.
Esther is survived by her five children, Kenneth of Howard Lake and special friend Marlene Helmke, Ronald (Alice) of Palm Coast, FL, Jeanette (Vernon) Beckala of Cokato, Norman (Toots) of Andover, and William (Kay) of Big Lake; 13 grandchildren, John and Edwin Marohn, Lisa (Jim) Spitz, Dawnine, Jamie (Denise), Chad Beckala (fiancée Denise), Stacy (Mike) Blackmun, Terri (Paul) Haarstad, Keith (Kathryn) Marohn, Heather (Scott) Ludwig, Sarah (Nathan) Miller, Jennifer (Chad) Haas, Holly (Scott) Wellman; and 19 great-grandchildren.
She is further survived by a sister, Erna Elfmann; and a sister-in-law, Gladeline Goerke.
Esther was preceded in death by her parents, Adolph and Ida Goerke; husband Edwin; brothers Theodore, Adolph, Arthur, Walter, and Herbert; and sisters, Lydia, Ida and Ella.
The funeral service took place Friday, Nov. 28 at 2 p.m. at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Middleville Township, with visitation for two hours prior to the service at the church. Pastor Lynn Machula officiated. Jeanette Beckala played the organ, and Kay Marohn was the soloist. Congregational hymns were “Praise to the Lord Almighty,” “Rock of Ages,” “My Course is Run,” and “A Mighty Fortress Is Our God.”
The pallbearers were Jamie Beckala, Chad Beckala, Michael Blackmun, Keith Marohn, Paul Haarstad, and Nathan Miller.
The Peterson Chapel-Buffalo served the family.