ESTHERVILLE - Funeral services for Esther Fitzgerald, 91, of Estherville will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 19, 2013, at Calvary Baptist Church in Estherville with Pastor Dennis Fitzgerald and Pastor Steve Britton officiating. Visitation will be 5-7 p.m. Wednesday at Henry-Olson Funeral Chapel in Estherville. Interment will be at Wallingford Lutheran Cemetery in Wallingford.
She died Saturday, Dec. 14, 2013.
Esther Clarine Refsell was born Jan. 29, 1922 in rural Wallingford. She grew up in the Wallingford area and received her education in country schools. On Sept. 23, 1940, she married Fredrick F. Fitzgerald at Estherville. Following their marriage, they farmed in the Wallingford area until moving to Estherville in 1956. Esther was a homemaker and also worked many years at the Good Samaritan Center in the housekeeping department. She was a founding member of Calvary Baptist Church. For the last several years she has made her home with her daughter in Robbinsdale, Minn.
She is survived by her children, Dennis and his wife, Sharon, of Elmwood, Ill., Karen of Robbinsdale, Minn., Larry and his wife, Katie, of Estherville, Jim and his wife, Sheryl, of Dunnell, Minn., Carol and her husband, Brad Ehmke, of Waltham, Minn. and Kay of Minneapolis; 16 grandchildren and their spouses; 43 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.
She is also survived by her brother, Orris Refsell, and her sister, Barbara Herbranson, and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, an infant son, infant great-granddaughters and also her brother Ole and sister Dorothy. www.henryolsonfuneral.com