April 12, 1935 - August 31, 2020
Esther Christensen, age 85 of Wesley, passed away Monday, Aug. 31, 2020, at the Titonka Care Center. Private family services were held at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Burt, with services live streamed on the church’s YouTube page: https://youtu.be/fgA9s4Ji3EA. Burial will take place in the Buffalo Township Cemetery of Titonka.
Esther Mary Anne Hasse, the daughter of Emil and Mary (Wojahn) Hasse, was born April 12, 1935, in Emmetsburg, Iowa. She graduated from Burt High School in 1953 and attended the Iowa Teachers College. On Nov. 23, 1956, Esther was united in marriage with Wendell Christensen in Burt. She had worked as a school teacher in Story City and Belmond before raising her family. Esther was a member of St John Lutheran Church where she was active in LWML, taught Sunday School and started the preschool. She also served many years on the Titonka School Board.
Esther enjoyed classical music and broadway musicals. She also enjoyed cooking for and hosting her large family, especially for birthdays and holidays. Esther was famous for her chocolate chip cookies, German chocolate cake, cookie sheet apple pie and banana bars. She was a devoted wife to her husband Wendell for 63 years. Esther was an avid gardener and had many flower beds. She enjoyed bowling, quilting, cross-stitching, puzzles and knitting.
Left to cherish Esther’s memory are her husband, Wendell; children, Mary (Brad) Shipman of Cedar Rapids, Wendell (Teresa) Christensen Jr. of Wesley, Clark (Allison) Christensen of Algona, Charles Christensen of Wesley, Suzanne Bryan of Wesfield, Ind., and Andrew (Maggie) Christensen of Kanawha; 16 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and a brother, John (Jane) Hasse of Swanville, Minn. She was preceded in death by her parents; in-laws Clarence and Gladys Christensen; brothers Albert, Paul and Emil (Jr.) Hasse; and sisters Ruth, Alvina and Caroline.
Memorials may be made in Esther’s name and directed to St. John’s Lutheran Church. The Lentz Funeral Home of Burt is serving the family. Condolences may be left at www.lentzfuneralhome.com.