Esther Boettcher

Tuesday, October 14, 2003

Esther Boettcher, 89, of Bremerton, Wash., died Oct. 3 at Messenger Care Center on Bainbridge Island, Wash.

Esther Johanna Mumme Boettcher was born Feb. 3, 1914, in Appleton, Minn., to Carl and Martha Mumme. She grew up as the second oldest in a family of six children. She graduated from high school in Alexandria, Minn., in 1935 and entered nurse's training that fall in Bethesda Hospital in St. Paul, Minn. On April 2, 1937, she married Orville Boettcher, a Lutheran pastor. Together they served parishes in Heil, rural Litchville and rural Fessenden, N.D. In 1951, they moved to Minnesota serving near Lamberton, Harmony, Winthrop and finally New Richland.

In 1976, they retired to Cherokee Village where they enjoyed an active life participating in many community and church activities as members of Cherokee Village Lutheran ELCA. Orville passed away in 1987, just seven months after their golden wedding anniversary.

In 1993, Esther moved to Bremerton, Wash., to be close to her daughter. She immediately became active in the community and made many friends. She was an active member of Our Saviour's Lutheran Church. She was a volunteer with Lutheran Community Service, and the Discovery Shop. She was a part of a Wednesday knitting club making afghans for charity and a senior water aerobics group. She lived at Canterbury Manor from 1999 until moving to an adult family home a year ago. Her final months were in the good care of Messenger House Care Center on Bainbridge Island.

Survivors include a son, Gregory Boettcher of Pierre, S.D.; a daughter, Ethyl Mae Nelson of Bremerton; eight grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and two sisters.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; and her youngest son, Noel, who preceded her in death by one week.

A memorial service was held at Our Saviour's Lutheran Church in Bremerton Oct. 12.