Esther Louise Kelm, age 97, of Jefferson, Wis., and formerly of Winona, Minn., went to meet Jesus on January 9, 2013, at Alden Estates in Jefferson.
She was born on January 26, 1915, in Norton Township, Minn., to the Rev. August and Wilhelmime (Bankau) Bergmann.
Her father came to this country from Germany as an orphan to study ministry. Late in life, he preached the German services at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Jefferson.
Esther graduated from Jefferson High School in 1932. She married Herbert Kelm on September 4, 1943, at St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jefferson; he preceded her in death on September 8, 1966. She and Herb lived in Madison, Wis., where she worked for the State Board of Vocational and Adult Education. Later moving to Winona Minn., she worked as a bookkeeper for Land O’ Lakes, and was also a homemaker. Esther was a member of St. Matthew’s Church in Winona, its Circle 8 Card Club and Bible class. She was a member of Westfield Golf Club and was an avid bowler.
Esther will be deeply missed by the families of her nieces and nephews: Marlene Brunner of Jefferson, Miriam (John) Steinke of Lindenhurst Ill., Ronald (Sue) Pitzner of Jefferson, Mary Foskett of Jefferson Beatrice Moore of West Palm Beach Fla., Kathy (David) Groth of Muskego, Alisa (Jim) Schmidt of Sherwood, Pastor Paul Kelm of Jackson, Pastor Daniel Kelm of Baraboo, David Kelm of Michigan and many great-nieces and nephews and other friends who have been so kind to her.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, brother, Ewald Bergmann, sister, Lydia Pitzner, and her special friend, Earl Blank.
Funeral services were held on January 11, 2013, at the Schneider-Michaelis Funeral Home in Jefferson, with the Rev. Mark O. Bartsch officiating.
Those wishing to express sympathy through a memorial may direct them to St. Matthew’s Church, 766 W. Wabasha St., Winona Minn.. 55987, in Esther’s memory. Visit www.schneidermichaelisfuneralhome.com to leave a condolence or light a candle in her memory.