Esther Lydia Farrell, 86

A funeral service will be held on Wednesday, July 9, 11 a.m. at Advent Lutheran Church, W63 N642 Washington Ave., Cedarburg for Esther Lydia Farrell (nee Ramthun) who died at home on July 4, 2008, at the age of 86.

Visitation will be held on Wednesday from 9 a.m. until the time of service. A private burial will take place at Lakefield Cemetery in Grafton. In lieu of flowers, memorials to Riveredge Nature Center or Advent Lutheran Church appreciated.

Esther was born on July 31, 1921, in Hillpoint, Wis. to Rev. Karl and Lydia (nee Marquardt) Ramthun. Her sisters Norma and Ruth were born before her, and her siblings Evelyn, Donald and Martin came afterwards. All preceded her in death.

Esther attended elementary schools in Hillpoint, Oshkosh and New Holstein, eventually graduating from New Holstein High. She went on to graduate from Miss Brown’s School of Business. Esther spent many years working as a secretary in the corporate world. Esther was married to Emmons Farrell on June 2, 1944, by her father, at Sherman Park Lutheran Church.

Esther’s church life was always of great importance to her and while living in Milwaukee, Minneapolis and eventually Cedarburg, she was very active, singing in the choir, teaching Sunday school and confirmation classes. Working with young people gave her particular joy.

Once her children were grown, Esther returned to the workplace where she became a part of the opening of Parkview Elementary School in Cedarburg where she worked as a school secretary. Her most treasured possession was the plaque the parents of Parkview presented to her that reads, "Thank you Mrs. Farrell for loving our children for 10 years."

Esther is survived by her loving children Teri Beth (Tom) Spencer and Brian (Nancy) Farrell; grandchildren that cherished her, Christopher Farrell, Abby Fitzgerald and Adam Fitzgerald; dear sister-in-law Elisabeth Farrell; and other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Emmons, on Nov. 1, 1994.

Mueller Funeral Home of Cedarburg assisted the family. For online condolences, please go to