Esther J. Schulte, age 92, of Aberdeen, and formerly of Vermillion, died Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2013, at Avera Mother Joseph Manor in Aberdeen.
Mass of Christian Burial was 10 a.m., Saturday, Nov. 16, 2013, at St. Agnes Catholic Church, Vermillion, with Father John Fischer, Celebrant. Burial was in Calvary Cemetery in Vermillion.
Visitation was for one hour prior to Mass at the church on Nov. 16.
Schriver’s Memorial Mortuary & Crematory of Aberdeen is in charge of local arrangements. Hansen Funeral Home of Vermillion conducted the service. Friends may sign her online guestbook at either www.schriversmemorial.com or www.hansenfuneralhome.com.
Mrs. Schulte was born Aug. 26, 1921, in Newcastle, NE, to John “J.T.” and Elizabeth (Ross) Kneifl. She was the eighth oldest child in a family of six boys and six girls. Esther graduated from Newcastle High School in 1939 as Class Valedictorian.
She married Roman G. Schulte on Sept. 12, 1945, in Newcastle, NE. They lived in Sioux City, IA for about a year until Roman’s employment led them to Omaha, NE. From there she and her family moved to Albuquerque, NM, until Roman’s promotion took the family to Watertown in 1956. She was active in church work and scouting activities of her children, as well as working as a teacher’s aide. In 1974, she and Roman bought the Coast to Coast Store in Vermillion. After the store closed in 1988, she remained active in the local community and St. Agnes Church, as well as serving lovingly as a caregiver to her husband until his passing in 1991. After suffering a stroke in 1996, she moved to Aberdeen and resided in the Mother Joseph complex.
It was hard to be a stranger around Esther; she would engage you in a conversation and quickly be able to empathize with your concerns. Her family would kid her about her penchant for talking but always enjoyed hearing her voice and listening to her motherly “medical” advice. Having a wonderful sense of humor and a very positive attitude, this determined lady showed how to deal with challenges that life presented. Fond of doting on her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, this warm-hearted, loving lady, who kept many in her prayers, will be greatly missed.
She is survived by her sons, Mark (Rosalie), Sartell, MN, Mike (Peggy), Mina, and John (Suncha), Seoul, South Korea; her daughter, Mary (Allen) Thompson, Independence, MO; along with nine grandchildren (and their spouses); eight great-grandchildren; in addition to her brother, Michael (Ursula), Dixon, NE; and her sister, Mary Lou Duling, Sioux City, IA.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Roman, on Aug. 19, 1991; infant granddaughter, Gina; brothers and sisters, Phillip, William, Elizabeth “Dolly” Calvert, Richard, Florence Travers, Harold, Celia Breslin, Helen, and Darrell “Pat.”