Sept. 19, 1917-Nov. 11, 2010
BALATON?- Funeral services for Esther Groeneweg, 93, of Balaton are at 10 a.m. Monday at the Alliance Church in Tyler. Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m. Sunday with a prayer service at 6:30 p.m. at Hartquist Funeral Home, Utoft-Johansen Chapel in Tyler. Burial will be in Hope Cemetery in Tyler.
Hartquist Funeral Home, Utoft-Johansen Chapel in Tyler is providing the arrangements.
She died Thursday, Nov. 11, 2010, at Tyler Healthcare Center.
Esther Lily Groeneweg was born Sept. 19, 1917, to Chris and Margaret (Johnson) Stensgaard on the farm in Ash Lake Township near Arco, Minnesota. She attended Arco School through grade 8 and continued her education at St. Paul Bible Institute for three years attaining a degree in Christian education. She returned to Arco and began working at Stork Produce in Tyler, Minnesota. Esther was a pianist and organist at the Alliance Church in Tyler where she met Francis Groeneweg at a service in the early 1940s. The couple was united in marriage on March 14, 1945 at the Alliance Church. Their union was blessed with three sons-Dale, Dennis, and John-and 65 years of life together. The couple farmed west of Balaton, Minnesota. Esther served her husband and family well as a wonderful wife and mother. She loved to entertain missionaries and special people in her home. Her love was gloriously passed on to her family as she blessed them with the gift of music and hospitality. Esther was diagnosed with cancer in April of 2010. She entered Sunrise Manor Nursing Home in Tyler in June.
Esther was a life-long member of the Alliance Church in Tyler, where she served as pianist, organist, Sunday school teacher, and in the Women's Missionary Prayer Fellowship. She enjoyed her Friendship Circle in the Goodwill Club. She enjoyed gardening, caring for the home, cooking, entertaining, and especially time spent with family and friends.
Esther is lovingly remembered by her husband, Francis of Balaton; her sons, Dale (and Wanetta) Groeneweg of Quito, Ecuador, Dennis (and Rene) Groeneweg of Belgrade, Mont., and John (and Sybil) Groeneweg of Arco; seven grandchildren, Luke Groeneweg of St. Paul, Loren (and Janelle) Groeneweg of St. Paul, Scott (and Michelle) Groeneweg of Woodbury, Tammi (and Brian) Daum of Belgrade, Michael Groeneweg of Balaton, Brian Groeneweg of Arco, and Jonathan Groeneweg of Spring Lake Park; 12 great-grandchildren; one brother, James (and Audrey) Stensgaard of St. Paul; and many other relatives and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents; three brothers, Merle, Lawrence, and Stanley Stensgaard; and three sisters, Hilma Paul, Eunice Olson, and Ethel Odens. Memorials may be directed to Alliance Missions or Ridgeview Hospice.