Aug. 3, 1927-Nov. 5, 2012
Esther Angela Becker was born in Murdo, S.D., on Aug. 3, 1927, daughter of Peter and Amelia (Jungers) Becker. She passed away on Nov. 5, 2012, surrounded by her husband and family at Pipestone County Hospice Home in Pipestone.
Esther attended Lynd Public School where she graduated in 1945. She moved to Marshall where she was employed as a telephone operator for Northwestern Bell Telephone Company until 1955.
She married John Andries on June 17, 1952. She and John made their home in Marshall until they moved to rural Echo in 1955 where they farmed until their retirement in 1989. After retirement they moved to Marshall. Esther entered hospice at the Pipestone County Hospice Home May 2, 2012, and spent her final days there.
"One's journey through life touches so many." Esther's life was dedicated to being a helpmate for her husband, and her sense of purpose was raising six children. Her busy home was filled with activity, laughter and many lessons. When asked what she would do when the kids were no longer home, she said, "I'm going to climb up a tree and laugh all day long!" Esther's spirit and attitude will be missed and remembered.
She is survived by her husband John "Jack" Andries of 60 years; her six children, Patricia (and Gary) Gillin of Pipestone, Michael (and Deb) Andries of Spicer, Bradley Andries of Norwich, Conn., Mary Jo (and Willie) Langholz of Lake Benton, Becky (and Mike) Macken, of Rochester and Tammy (and Daniel) Eickhoff of Wykoff; her 13 grandchildren: Kelly Carlson, Tiffany Facile, Abby Black, Kellsey Ruppel, Adam Andries, Ashley Andries, John Langholz, Samantha Macken, Josef Macken, Reece Eickhoff, Raegan Eickhoff, Riley Eickhoff and Ryan Eickhoff; and two great-grandchildren, Parker Knutson, and Drew Carlson.
Esther had four siblings, Irene (and Roy) Weidauer, Eugene (and Ilene) Becker, Vi (and Harv) Suedbeck and Fr. Dennis Becker.
Her parents, sister Irene and brother-in-law Roy Weidauer preceded her in death.
In life, Esther enjoyed bird watching, listening to WCCO radio, reading every inch of the newspaper, vegetable and flower gardening in her enormous garden, canning, bowling, baking breads and treats, and fishing on her many trips to Canada with Jack and friends. She was an avid sports fan and especially encouraged and followed women's sports. She spent countless hours at kids' sporting events, cheering for and complaining about the MN Vikings, listening to the MN Twins, and watching her favorite team, the MN Lynx.
Esther bequeathed her body to Mayo Clinic for research and education. A memorial service will be held at The Church of The Holy Redeemer, 503 W. Lyon St. Marshall, MN 56258, on Nov. 17, 2012, at 11 a.m. Fr. Dennis Becker will officiate. Memorials will be shared as benevolent efforts by the family on Esther's behalf.