Esther K. Tollefson, 95, of Devils Lake, ND and formerly of Maddock, ND, passed away Tuesday, June 23, 2016, at the Heart of America Medical Center in Rugby, ND.

Esther K. Tollefson, 95, of Devils Lake, ND and formerly of Maddock, ND, passed away Tuesday, June 23, 2016, at the Heart of America Medical Center in Rugby, ND.  


A memorial and celebration of Esther's life will be held at the Nelson Funeral home in Maddock on Thursday, July 7 at 1 p.m. with Pastor Allen Campbell officiating.  Music will be provided by Jennifer Hagen.  Burial will take place at the North Viking Lutheran Cemetery in Maddock, ND.


Esther, the daughter of Edwin and Hannah Westby, was born on June 28, 1920, at Maddock. She attended school in Maddock and was confirmed at North Viking Lutheran Church.  She grew up on the family farm with a loving family during a tough era where people had to work hard and be frugal.


Esther married Waldo Tollefson at Maddock in the early 1940’s and they had three children together, Duane, Norm and Lee. Esther and Waldo moved to the O’Connell farm near Brinsmade in the 1950’s and farmed there till the late 1970’s.


Esther worked as a short order cook at the Crossroads Café near Church's Ferry for many years during the 60’s and 70’s. Esther was famous for her homemade lefse and Norwegian desserts like krumkake and rommegrot. Esther loved fishing at Silver Lake and 6-mile bay.


Esther and Waldo retired to live in Leeds, ND from the late 70’s till the early 90’s. She was active in the 55 club and loved playing cards with friends. Waldo passed away in 1986.


Esther moved to Devils Lake in 1995 and lived there for 15 years in the Parkplace apartments where she enjoyed playing afternoon pinochle and drinking coffee. Esther was a kind and wonderful person who had many friendships and touched many lives. Esther lived at the Maddock Memorial Home from 2010 to 2013, where she was well taken care of and enjoyed playing rummy every evening.


Since 2013, Esther lived at the Heart of America Medical Center in Rugby where she was provided loving care by the second floor staff.


Esther is survived by son, Lee (Naoko) of Yorktown, VA; four grandchildren, Denise, Darren, Maren and Matthew; seven grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.


She is preceded in death by her parents; husband, Waldo; sons, Duane and Norm.


Online condolences may be left at www.thenelsonfuneralhome.com.


The Nelson Funeral Home of Maddock, ND is in charge of the arrangements.