Esther Leona Arends-1997
Burlington Record, Thursday, Jan. 2, 1997
On Feb. 19, 1919, Esther Leona
(Ziegler) Arends, the youngest child of 10 children, was born to John and
Christina (Beopple) Ziegler at Bethune. She was baptized at Immanuel
Lutheran Church and received her early Christian training from her parents and
the church. She was confirmed in May 1933. After finishing the
eighth grade, she worked for different families in the community doing general
After a lengthy courtship, she married Carl
Arends on May 9, 1937, in Stratton. To this union four boys were born --
LeRoy, Norman, Dennis, and Paul. After following her husband's work in
various places, they built their home northeast of Stratton where they farmed.
In 1949 they built their home north of Bethune where they lived until their
retirement in 1974, when they moved to their new home in Burlington.
She spent her last week as a resident of Grace Manor Care Center where she
breathed her last on Friday, Dec. 27, 1996, at about 9:20 a.m. to go home to
heaven with our Lord.
As a young girl she learned to
play the piano from her sister Lena. She loved music and played for her
church for several years, and also sang in the choir. She was active in
school organizations while following her sons' activities, and was proud of
their achievements. Esther was an avid gardener, always having a large
flower and vegetable garden. She was especially fond of sharing her
flowers and vegetables with friends and neighbors. Quilting and sewing
wqere [sic] here pastimes and hobbies. Esther was active in Home
Demonstration Club and an active member of First St. Paul's Lutheran Church
until her health started failing. After retirement, she started doing ceramics,
making many beautiful gifts for her family.
preceded her in death were her mother and father; her brother Richard, Bill,
Otto and Fred Ziegler; sisters Clara Ziegler and Lena Strobel. Among those
still living and celebrating her life are sisters Anna Strobel, Emma Dobler and
husband Art, Elma Stahlecker and husband Ralph; sister-in-law Hilda Ziegler;
husband Carl of the family home; and all of her children -- LeRoy and wife Karen
of Burlington, Norman and wife Kay of Lamar, Dennis of Burlington, and Paul and
wife Phyllis of Anacortas, Wash.; nine grandchildren and six
great-grandchildren; many nephews, nieces and friends.
Services were conducted Tuesday, Dec. 31, 1996, 10 a.m., at First St. Paul's
Lutheran Church, with Reverend William Sladek officiating at the services.
Musical selections included "The old Rugged Cross," "In the Garden," and "O
Master, Let me Walk With You," by the congregation, and solos by Fred Hilt of
Amazing Grace" and "The Lord's Prayer." Organist was Virginia Flatt.
Casket bearers were grandsons Robin Arends, Tully Arends, Monte Arends, Tim
Miller, Scott Arends and Mason Arends. Honorary escorts were all of Esther's
nephews. Esther was buried at Fairview Cemetery in Burlington, with
Hendricks-Love Mortuary in charge of arrangements. Memorial gifts may go
to First St. Paul's Lutheran Church and can be left at Community First National
Bank in Burlington.