Our loving Mother, Grandmother, and Great Grandmother, Esther Viger passed away at the age of 99 on Thursday, January 24, 2013 at the Good Samaritan Society in Park River, N.D.
Esther’s funeral service will be held at Concordia Lutheran Church of Edmore on Monday, January 28 at 11 a.m. Officiating will be the Reverend Don Reynolds. The organist will be John Martinson with special music provided by the Colleen and Dan Baumgartner family. Interment will be in the spring at St. Ansgar Cemetery, rural Edmore. Visitation will be held at the church on Monday, from 10 a.m. until the time of service.
The casketbearers will be Tim Holum, Rick Holum, Keith Arneson, Dean Howes, Edval Helle, and Bruce Berg.
Esther Adeline Holm was born August 31, 1913 in Derrick, N.D., the daughter of Elling and Alma (Sander) Holm. She lived her entire life in the Edmore area. She attended schools in Edmore and Mayville College, where she obtained a Teachers Certificate. She taught school in Newland and Fancher Townships, which were one room class rooms with all grades. On March 16, 1935, Esther was united in marriage to Lloyd Melvin Viger in Edmore. After marriage they farmed in Newland Township and raised their two children, Donald and Judy. Lloyd passed away on August 26, 1969. Esther continued to live on the farm and hold various jobs in the Edmore community well into her 70’s, only stopped by a fall fracturing her knee. Esther was a very active member of Concordia Lutheran Church of Edmore and the Ladies Aid. She enjoyed crocheting, which many of her doilies reside in homes in the area, and mowing her yard, until her 90’s.
Esther will be deeply missed by her son, Donald (Joan) Viger of Edmore; her daughter, Judy (Tony) McFarland of Tucson, Ariz.; four grandchildren, Randall Viger of Edmore, Brent (Jann) Viger of Savage, Minn., Michelle (Jerry) Crites of Athens, Ga., and Kari Jones of Tucson; two great grandchildren, Kelsey and Blake Viger; two sisters, Donna Holum of Grand Forks, N.D. and Fern Arneson of Edmore, N.D.; and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Lloyd; three brothers, Manvel Holm, Arnold Holm, and Elling “Buddy” Holm; and four sisters, Elda Ramberg, Blanche Angell, Ruby Howes, and Chrystal Viger.
The Aaker Funeral Home of Lakota, N.D., is in charge of arrangements.