Esther Gertrude Hoerth, 95

Esther Gertrude (nee Wiegert) Hoerth of Hartford passed away on Thursday, July 9, 2015, at the age of 95 years. She was born on July 11, 1919, in Oakfield, the daughter of Otto and Mattie (nee Wittlief) Wiegert. Esther married Benjamin J. Hoerth in Illinois on Oct. 27, 1934, and celebrated nearly 54 years together until Benj’s death on Aug. 9, 1988.

After their marriage, Esther and Benj farmed for many years at various locations; when they ceased farming, they moved to Hartford in 1956. Esther lived in the same family home in Hartford until she entered an assisted living facility.

Esther was employed as a sales person at Unser Shoe Store in Hartford for many years. She loved gardening and always found room for tomato plants, beans and flowers — lots and lots of flowers. Esther loved old-time music and was always looking for a dance partner. She was a longtime member of St. John’s United Church of Christ where she served on church council and was church delegate to the Synod on several occasions. Esther also served as an usher and a Sunshine chairperson. She is preceded in death by her husband, Benjamin; her parents; and by two sisters and seven brothers. Esther is survived by her loving children, Jeanette “Sue” (Gerald) Grunewald of Green Bay, Gene (Pat) Hoerth of Hartford and Syl (Erla) Hoerth of Neosho. She is further survived by her six grandchildren, Randy (Tammy) Hoerth, Todd (Kris) Hoerth, Gregg (Amy) Grunewald, Mark (Janel) Grunewald, Kris Malueg and Barb (Randy) Wilcox; 12 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Visitation is Monday, July 13, from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Berndt-Ledesma Funeral Home, with a service to follow at 1 p.m. The Rev. Michael Bausch will officiate. Interment is at Pleasant Hill Cemetery. The Berndt-Ledesma Funeral Home of Hartford is serving the family. They are online at