Esther Amelia Emma Martens Sellen, age 98, of Dassel, died Saturday, Dec. 14, 2013, at the Augustana Lakeside Health Care Center.
She was born June 25, 1915, in Ellsworth Township, Darwin, to Marie Maahs and Joseph Martens.
Esther was a lifelong member of St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, where she was baptized, confirmed, and married. She married Dell Sellen Sept. 28, 1935.
Esther served her beloved church as Sunday school teacher and in many offices of the Ladies Aid.
She volunteered and served her community in various organizations which included Meeker County Hospital Auxiliary, serving as president; 4-H leader, and chairman of Home Extension.
Esther worked several summers at the Green Giant canning company.
She excelled in homemaking skills and gardening, with a love of flowers and butterflies, and she was an avid doll collector. Her family fondly remembers her love of reading, fishing trips, walking, and anything that included family gatherings.
Esther was noted for her patience and her deep faith. It was her daily ritual to read her Bible and the paper (from one end to the other).
Esther was dearly loved and will be greatly missed.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Dell B. Sellen; her brother, Roy L. Martens; and her parents.
Esther is survived by her daughters, Darlene Marie Lind (John D.) and Eileen Judith Esget (Leo O.); six grandchildren: Mark Steven Lind (Kristen), Kari Beth Johnson (Thomas), Jason John Lind (Julie), Kathryn Marie Quast (Keith), Christopher Sellen Esget (Kassie), and Emily Esther Esget; 11 great-grandchildren: Rachel and Jake Johnson, Anna, Marissa and Nathaniel Lind, Kelcey, Kamdon and Kyah Quast, Henrik and Wyatt Lind, James Julius Esget; nephews; and many friends.
The funeral service took place Friday, Dec. 20 at 11 a.m. at the Emmaus Chapel in Emmaus Place, Litchfield.. Interment was at Ellsworth Community Cemetery in rural Darwin.
Visitation was Thursday evening. Dec. 19 from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Johnson Funeral Home in Dassel, with a prayer service at 7 p.m.; and continued Friday, one hour prior to the service at the Emmaus Chapel.
Arrangements were by the Johnson Funeral Home in Dassel.