Esther Gertrude (Hielscher) Peterson

September 8, 1925 ~ September 27, 2021 (age 96)


Esther G Peterson, 96, passed away peacefully on Monday, September 27, 2021, at Mayo Health System St. Mary’s Campus with family by her side. Esther was born September 8th, 1925, to Robert and Gertrude (Loechler) Hielscher in Wabasha, MN. She graduated from Plainview High School in 1943. Shortly after, she met Donald Klassen and the two married in 1946 and went on to have eight wonderful children. Donald lost his battle with cancer in 1971. In 1973 Esther met the second love of her life, Ralph Peterson and they were married until his passing in 2007. Esther loved the MN Vikings, fishing and playing golf. She enjoyed golf into her 90’s, often scoring better than many of her children! But nothing gave her more pleasure than her children, grandchildren and then great-grandchildren. She was often heard saying how proud she was of each and every one of them. Over the years Esther could be found traveling across the country and to Exuma, Bahamas to celebrate with family and friends. Esther will be dearly missed by her children, Donald Klassen of Edina, MN; Jean (Bob) LaCroix of Goodyear, AZ; daughter-in-law Kris Klassen of Lake City, MN; Judy (Tom) Biers of Dodge Center, MN; Dan (Lori) Klassen of Alexandria, MN; Tom (Sandy) Klassen of Edina, MN; and Pete (Carrie) Klassen of Plainview, MN. She will also be greatly missed by her stepchildren, Janet Cowan of Lee’s Summit, MO; Jim (Theresa) Peterson of Rochester, MN; and Mary Jeakle of Colorado Springs, CO. She will also be dearly missed by her 19 grandchildren, 30 great grandchildren, her brother Ed Hielscher and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her two loves, Donald Klassen and Ralph Peterson; two sons, Eddie Klassen and Dick Klassen; daughter in law, Nancy Klassen; parents, Robert and Gertrude Hielscher and brother, Bob Hielscher. A small family ceremony was held on Thursday September 30, 2021, in Plainview, MN honoring the beautiful life of Esther G. Peterson. The family has asked that memorial contributions be made to your preferred cancer or mental health charity.

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