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“My mother, Maxine Meyers, spoke often of Mary Ann and Esther. They were very good friends meeting every Thursday for coffee and conversation. After...Read More »
1 of 3 | Posted by: Terri Riedel - Westminster, SC

Mary and sister Terri “Esther and her sister Mary Ann have been dear friends of my mother, Maxine Meyers, for years. When I came home to visit mother, we would chat with...Read More »
2 of 3 | Posted by: Mary Martin - Parkville, MO

“I will always treasure the get-togethers at Dave and Roxie's, especially when Esther and Mary Ann were there. Two great ladies! My life is richer for...Read More »
3 of 3 | Posted by: Linda Purvis - Burke, SD

Esther Rose Suedbeck was born on December 23, 1920, to Fred and Cecelia (Lappe) Suedbeck at Fairfax, SD. She attended St. Joseph Catholic School in Baker, NE through second grade. Esther finished her elementary years at Star Valley School and graduated from Fairfax High School in 1940.

Following graduation she went Sioux City, IA where she attended Samuel's School of Cosmetology. Esther worked in several beauty shops before she owned and operated Esther's Beauty Shop in Sioux City for many years.

In July of 1977 Esther returned to Fairfax to care for her aging parents. Following her father's death in 1978, she continued to live with and care for her mother. Together they made many quilts for family and friends.

Esther had many hobbies which she enjoyed including china painting, sewing, crocheting, and gardening. Her sister Mary Ann joined them in Fairfax after she retired and helped to care for their mother.

The sisters moved to Gregory in 1997 where they continued to live in their home until March 2017 when they moved to Silver Threads Assisted Living.

Esther passed away on January 9, 2018 at the age of 97.

She was preceded in death by her parents and seven sisters, Monica Suedbeck, Irene Hawkins, Dorothy Sountry, Evelyn Haskell, Clara Belle Swift, and two who died in infancy.

Esther is survived by three sisters, Mary Ann Suedbeck, Johanna McCarley, and Leona Schmitz, and one brother John Suedbeck along with many nieces and nephews.

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Funeral services for Esther Suedbeck, 97, of Gregory, SD, were held Monday, January 15, 2018, at 11:00 a.m. at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Gregory with Father Jonathan Dillon as Celebrant. A visitation and rosary service was held Sunday evening at the church.

Rita Grim and Totsey Wiedrick were in charge of registration.

Music was provided by Sandy Stukel, organist, and Katie Opp, pianist.

Cantor was Doris Jelinek.

Geoff Smith, soloist, sang "Amazing Grace, My Chains are Gone."

St. Joseph Choir sang "Gentle Woman" at the preparation of the gifts, "At That First Eucharist" at communion, "Song of Farewell," and a song of sending forth "I Know That My Redeemer Lives."

Lector was Dave Chocholousek.

Altar servers were Emma Thomas and Gannon Thomas.

Gift Bearers were Ken and Pat Cerney.

Casket Bearers were Julie Jensen, Matt Swift, Phil Swift, Judy Van Bruggen, Ryan Chocholousek, and Julie Dublinske.

Lunch was served at Mary Vale by St. Joseph Altar Society.

Burial was at 2:00 p.m. at St. Anthony Catholic Cemetery in Fairfax, SD.