Rev. David W. Ellis
Organist ~ Lois Hehn
“Just As I Am”
“Nearer My God to Thee”
"Jesus, Lead Thou On"
Esther Theresa Klemme was born to Gotthilf and Louise (Jerke) Bietz on May 29, 1922 in Kaylor, South Dakota. Growing up she lived in Kaylor and graduated from Menno High School in 1940. On Saturday, September 6, 1941, Esther and Paul Klemme were married in Parker, South Dakota. Esther loved baking and cooking for her family. Her grandchildren knew how loved they were when she would make each of them their own breakfasts when they stayed at her house. It was not uncommon for her to leave a warm loaf of bread in their vehicle. Church and family were very important to her. Esther worked hard both on the farm and at various jobs including the Good Samaritan Center in Scotland and Schmidt’s Furniture in Scotland. In 2008, Esther became a resident at the Good Samaritan Society in Scotland. Esther passed away there on Sunday, October 2, 2011 having attained the age of 89 years.
Esther is survived by her husband of 70 years, Paul “Pete” Klemme of Scotland; children Gay Lynn (Ken) Konrad of Kaylor and Paula (George) Bauder of Scotland; grandchildren Chris (Kristi) Konrad of Mitchell, Cheri (Lee) Wittmeier of Tyndall, and Ryan (Kelli) Bauder of Scotland; great-grandchildren Clay and Lacey Wittmeier and Morgan Bauder; sister Francis Metz of St. Charles, Missouri; and sister-in-law Alice Klemme of Scotland.
Preceding her in death were her parents, Gotthilf and Louise Bietz, and one brother, Floyd “Buddy” Bietz.
Esther was the kindest person any of us have ever known. We love you and will miss you always.