Esther E. McGee, 97

Esther E. McGee, age 97, formerly of South Milwaukee Street, Fredonia died Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2013, at Samaritan Health Center of West Bend where she had resided the past few years.

She was born on April 12, 1916, daughter of John and Winifred Olson Atchison in Crosby, N.D.

On Aug. 14, 1933, Esther married Merle G. McGee of Turtle Lake in Winona, Minn. They lived in Alma until 1955 and later moved to Richfield for three years. Together they called Fredonia home, she for over 50 years. Merle preceded her in death on June 13, 1968.

For over 33 years, Esther was a machine operator at Tecumseh/Power Products in Grafton. She retired in 1978. She had traveled extensively throughout Norway, Denmark and Sweden, taking in the sights and their family heritage. Before Alaska was a state, she and her husband drove the rustic roads of the day. She covered most of the continental United States while keeping a ledger of her travels as well as her daily life.

She was a lifetime member of the Ladies Auxiliary Waubeka Memorial VFW Post 7037 and St. John’s Lutheran Church of Fredonia. Esther enjoyed crocheting and reading.

She is survived by her children Lois “Dolly” (the late Odin “Bud”) Pederson of West Bend, Maxine (Ray) Schwinn of Port Washington, Roger (Diane) McGee of Wauwatosa and Judy (Roger) Harms of Eleva; 14 grandchildren Jeanne (Jerry) Lorenz, Pam (Gary) Bares, Bob, Jeff (Arlene), Jody, Penny, Scott McGee, Debbie Lucero, Craig (Julie) and Todd Thelen, Wendy (Chuck) Algiers, Kelly (Michael) Matchey, Ann (William) Gentil and Brian Harms; 36 great-grandchildren; 17 great-great grandchildren; and other relatives and friends.

Esther is preceded in death by her husband Merle, daughter Sharon, sons Kenneth and Gary McGee, three brothers Vae “Del” and Douglas “Buck” Atchison and Clifford Borgwardt, grandson James McGee, and son-inlaw Odin “Bud” Pederson.

Funeral services 11 a.m. Monday, Oct. 14, 2013, at St. John Lutheran Church, 824 Fredonia Ave., Fredonia. The Rev. Robert Zick will be the officiant. Visitation 3-5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 13 at the Poole Funeral Home, 203 N. Wisconsin St., Port Washington, and after 10 a.m. Monday at church. Interment St. Rose of Lima Catholic Cemetery in Fredonia, Memorials to St. John Church, Fredonia, or Waubeka Memorial VFW Post 7037 appreciated.

Information and condolences available at or (262) 284-4431.