Esther L. Hanson

BLUE EARTH – Esther L. Hanson, age 96, of Blue Earth, died Sunday, March 9, 2014, at United Hospital District, Blue Earth. Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Saturday, March 15, 2014, at Faith Lutheran Church in Blue Earth, with Rev. Brent Walker, officiating. Burial will be in Riverside Cemetery, Blue Earth.

Visitation will be 4-7 p.m. Friday, March 14, 2014, at Patton Funeral Home and Cremation Service, Blue Earth, and one hour prior to services Saturday at the church.

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Esther was born April 7, 1917, in Bricelyn, the daughter of Ole T. and Elizabeth (Gronfor) Silrum. She was a 1925 graduate of Bricelyn High School and then took her Normal Training. She taught in the Bricelyn Country School before her marriage to Oswald M. Hanson on Sept. 25, 1940, at Bethany Lutheran Church in Frost. She taught for a short time at Frost High School before starting her family. Esther had also become a nurse, working at the Blue Earth Hospital. She attended Floral Arts School and owned and operated Esther’s Flowers for a few years before resuming her nursing career at St. Luke’s Lutheran Care Center. While at St. Luke’s she earned her LPN and eventually retired in the late 1980s. Esther was a charter member of Faith Lutheran Church. She faithfully helped share her Love of Jesus with her church and community through leading Bible Study classes and singing hymns of faith.

She is survived by her son, Donald (Sonja) Hanson of Caledonia, Ill.; daughter, Dianne (Richard) Gunhus of Blue Earth; sister-in-law, Marie Silrum of Eagan; five grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

Esther was preceded in death by her husband in 1976; sisters, Alma Holmseth, Dena Erdal; brothers, Edwin, Jorgen, Reuben and Thilmer Silrum; and a daughter-in-law, Ann Hanson.

A memorial has been established in her name.