Esther Lydia Farrell

Funeral services will be held for Esther Lydia Farrell (nee Ramthun) at 11 a.m. on July 9 at Advent Lutheran Church, W63 N642 Washington Ave., in Cedarburg. Esther died at the age of 86 at home on Friday, July 4, 2008. Visitation will be held on Wednesday at the church, from 9 a.m. until the time of service. A private burial will take place at Lakefield Cemetery in Grafton. Mueller Funeral Home in Cedarburg is serving the family.

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

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

Esther’s church life was always of great importance to her and while living in Milwaukee, Minneapolis, Minn., 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. 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 a 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 who 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.

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