Esther Luella Matheny, age 98, of Dassel, died Sunday, Nov. 8, 2020, at the Augustana Lakeside Health Care Center of Dassel.
Esther Luella (Hedin) Matheny, the daughter of Elmer and Lena (Anderson) Hedin, was born Aug. 27, 1922, in Dassel. Esther grew up in the Maynard Lake area, where she was baptized and later confirmed at the Evangelical Covenant Church in Dassel and was presently a member there.
Esther graduated from the Maynard Lake School District in 1936. In the fall of 1936, Esther started attending the Dassel High School, where she graduated in May 1940.
Esther was joined in marriage to Harold Matheny in Las Vegas, NV, Dec. 21, 1941. Together, they made their home in California, where Harold was working. In 1944, Harold and Esther moved to Minneapolis, where Esther was employed at Honeywell for several years. In 1951, when Harold was transferred to California, they resided there until they moved to Lewiston, ID, where they owned and operated a convenience store for several years.
In 1991, after retirement, Harold and Esther moved to Eden Valley, MN, where they built a home and enjoyed retirement. After Harold’s death, Esther moved to Dassel to be close to family.
She enjoyed spending time doing crafts and sewing and made beautiful wall hangings, pillows, and Christmas tree skirts, among other things. She also made many country western shirts for Harold.
Esther enjoyed taking care of her flowers and loved nature. She was deeply knowledgeable about birds, and had numerous bird feeders at her home and around her apartment.
She loved to sing with Harold when he’d bring out his guitar. They would sing country western songs and hymns and others. She would also go with him on occasion, when he sang at care centers and other places.
We all enjoyed Esther’s humor. She knew just how to kid you. When she lived at Dassel Lakeside Apartments, she was always helping with something, and as a result was named Volunteer of the Year in 2009.
She loved her family deeply, and always had a great love and took a special interest in all her many nieces and nephews, and great-nieces and great-nephews.
She is survived by her many loving and special nieces and nephews, other relatives, and friends.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Harold; parents, Elmer and Lena Hedin; and three brothers, Gust Hedin, Albert Hedin, and Louie Hedin.
A private graveside service took place Saturday, Nov. 14 at the Eden Lake Cemetery in Eden Valley, MN, with the Rev. Keith Carlson officiating at the graveside service.
The Johnson Funeral Home in Dassel was in charge of the graveside services.