Elsie Hiesterman

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Elsie Anna (Burger) Hiesterman, 93, Linn, died Feb. 4, 2014, at the Linn Community Nursing Home. She was born Sept. 15, 1920, at Clay Center, daughter of Karl and Stella (Jacobs) Burger. She attended school south of Clay Center at 4 Mile School. She worked as a cleaning girl for a few families in Clay Center and also worked as a nurse aid at the Clay County Hospital during World War II. On Nov. 7, 1946, she married Erwin Hiesterman. They were members at Zion Lutheran, Linn, where she was a member of Zion’s LWML. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Erwin; sister, Erna Schultze; brothers, Clarence and Herman Burger; sisters–in–law, Ida Uffman and Helen Burger; brothers–in-law, Werner Schultze, Emil Peters and Arnold Hiesterman; and greatgrandsons, Andrew Hiesterman and Kaden Clark. Survivors include five sons, John Hiesterman and wife, Ramona, Washington, Ernest Hiesterman and wife, Cindy, Barnes, Dee Hiesterman and wife, Kollette, Milford, Joel Hiesterman and wife, Michela, Phillipsburg, and Philip Hiesterman and wife, Vickie, Linn; 10 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; sisters, Edna Koch, Clay Center, Dorothy Harris, Ft. Dodge, Iowa, and Mabel Bunday, Hamel, Minn.; brothers, Ed Burger and wife, Rhoda, Austin, Minn., Bill Burger and wife, Elna, Palmer, Leroy Burger and wife, Mary, Del Ray Beach, Fla., and Dale Burger and wife, Buenta, Clay Center; and sisters-in-law, Mildred Peters, Linn, and Bernadine Burger, Clare, Iowa. A funeral service was Saturday, Feb. 8 at Zion Lutheran Church, Linn. Rev. David Gruoner officiated. Eunice Beier played the organ, while the congregation sang “God Loves Me Dearly,” “Jesus Loves Me,” “For All the Saints” and “Children of the Heavenly Father.” The pallbearers were Luke Hiesterman, Jordan Hiesterman, Daniel Hiesterman, Jeremy Olson, Kevin Clark, Shawn Reynolds and John Meier. Burial was in the Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Linn. A memorial fund has been established to Lutheran Hour Ministries or Zion Lutheran Church School Endowment Fund. Contributions may be sent in care of Ward Funeral Home, 115 W 2nd St., Washington, KS 66968.
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