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Esther Alma Conrad
Esther Conrad of Yankton, South Dakota, passed away Thursday, December 2, 2021 at Good Samaritan Society, Scotland, at the age of 98.
Esther was born October 29, 1923 on the family farm near Delmont, SD to Edward and Magdalena (Neth) Freier. She was the youngest of nine children. She was baptized December 2, 1923 at Hoffnungsberg Congregational Church and confirmed June 6, 1937 at Salem Congregational Church in Parkston.
After high school graduation from Tripp, Esther married George Conrad, November 2, 1941. They worked side by side as a team their entire farming life in the Scotland-Kaylor area. In 1988 they retired from farming and moved to Yankton.
Esther was a member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Scotland where she taught Sunday School many years. After moving to Yankton, they became members of St. John’s Lutheran Church.
Esther especially enjoyed family celebrations and spending time with her families. She also enjoyed fishing, camping and gardening. Esther was known for her delicious German dill pickles.
Esther’s memory will be cherished by her two sons, Charles II (Karen) Conrad of Scotland, SD and Dennis (Judy Ann) Conrad of Madison, SD; one daughter, Judy (Dennis) Machacek of Crooks, SD; one daughter-in-law, Dawn Conrad of Parkston, SD; 14 grandchildren; 33 great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren; sister-in-law, Sadie Freier of Scotland, SD; many nieces and nephews and her traveling “sister” friend Phyllis Oleson.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, George in 2009; her son, Gregg in 2007; infant daughter, Twyla Mae; infant grandson, Michael George Conrad; five brothers, Arthur, Rudolph, Ruben, Herbert and an infant brother; three sisters, Anna (Bernard) Jerke, Johanna (Herbert) Wenzel and Lora (Gottlieb) Wenzel.
We have so many wonderful memories of our times shared with George and Esther. We will miss her so much. May she rest in peace.
Forrest and Barbara Conrad Dec 13 2021 12:35 PM
Esther was such a special lady. We have many memories of stopping at her home with Charles's. Many laughs and good snacks. She will be missed. Our thoughts and prayers to all the family.
David &Bunny Eberhardt Dec 10 2021 11:27 AM
She was a very special aunt. Always so happy to see her family. She will be greatly missed.
Sharon Myers Dec 8 2021 12:55 PM
So sorry for your loss, let us know if you need anything.
Kevin & Jeanie Pravecek
Jeanie Pravecek Dec 7 2021 12:04 PM
Our condolences for the family. I have fond memories of Aunt Esther at the Conrad Christmas gatherings
Jean Beringer Dec 7 2021 10:09 AM
A candle was lit in memory of Esther Conrad
Debbie and Rick Machacek Dec 6 2021 12:29 PM
I grew up a quarter mile down the road from the Conrad farm and will always remember Esther as such a kind and gracious lady who seemed to always have a smile.
Caryl Hebbert Abbott Dec 5 2021 9:39 PM
Always remembered for the Laughter that was shared, the Love freely given, and the Legacy left to follow.
Your memory will be a treasure we we will always hold dear!
Randy Conrad (Grandson) and family (Dee, Cole, Cody) Dec 5 2021 8:01 PM
What a special lady and she did a great job raising her family. Ben will never forget when she visited us and had bought 8 new tops in one shopping trip that day - good deals! She was a fun and nice person. She lived a good life and will be missed.
Mary Kay Lerssen Dec 4 2021 4:28 PM
A truly beautiful lady - she will be so missed.
Karen Mosier Dec 3 2021 3:50 PM