Obituaries for December 23, 2002

Published 12:00 am Monday, December 23, 2002

Henry L. Friedrich, 81

Henry L. Friedrich, 81, of Austin, died Saturday, Dec. 21, 2002, at Comforcare Good Samaritan Center, Austin.

He was born Oct. 22, 1921, in North Dakota, to William and Olga (Klingfus) Friedrich. They moved to Minnesota, where Henry attended country school near Moscow.

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After completing his education, he worked in the Civilian Conservation Corps camp near Lanesboro. In 1942, he entered the United States Navy, serving in Panama, Brazil and the invasion of North Africa. After his discharge in 1945, he returned to Austin, where he married Jean Skaran on Oct. 18, 1946. The couple made their home in Austin, where Henry worked for the Geo. A. Hormel Company until his retirement in August 1983.

He enjoyed working in his yard. He was a member of Grace Lutheran Church, VFW Post 1216 and American Legion Post 91.

He entered the Comforcare Good Samaritan Center on Dec. 9, 2002.

Survivors include his wife, Jean Friedrich, Austin; son, Dan Friedrich, Austin; foster son, Tom Battin, Austin; brothers, Gus (Naomi) Friedrich and John (Genevieve) Friedrich, all of Austin; Albert (Alice) Friedrich, Williamsburg, Va.; William Friedrich, Austin; sisters, Caroline Lewis and Edna (Roger) Ludwig, all of Austin; sister-in-law, Rozella Friedrich, Ft. Collins, Colo.; nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Fred Friedrich; and sisters, Laura Watson and Ida Norman.

Visitation: One hour before the service at the church today.

Service: 11 a.m., today, Dec. 23, 2002, at Grace Lutheran Church with Rev. Harold Deye officiating.

Interment: Grandview Cemetery with military honors by VFW Post 1216 and American Legion Post 91.

Funeral Home: Worlein Funeral Home, Austin.

Esther Mae Williams, 89

Esther Mae Williams, 89, died Friday, Dec. 20, 2002, at Field Crest Care Center.

She was born Sept. 22, 1913, in Cabool, Mo., to Elmer and Mary (Vankirk) Moore. They moved to Jefferson City, Iowa in 1919, then to Hollandale, Minn in 1927.

After her marriage to David Williams on Nov. 2, 1937, in Austin, the couple moved to rural Waltham Township and had lived there since 1944. David died in 1976.

Esther was a member of the United Methodist Church since 1964. She enjoyed gardening, baking, and going to Texas during the winter.

Survivors include daughters, Beverly (Larry) Bahr, Pittsburgh, Pa.; JoAnn (Dale) Tiegen, Hayfield; son, Charles (Judy) Williams, Waltham; seven grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; brothers, Edward Moore, Albert Lea; Wayne (Marge) Moore, Medford.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, one son, one grandson, one sister and one brother.

Visitation: 4 to 7 p.m. today, Dec. 23, 2002, at the funeral home and one hour before the service at the church on Tuesday.

Service: 10 a.m. Tuesday at the United Methodist Church in Brownsdale with Rev. James Hodak officiating.

Interment: Fairview Cemetery, Hayfield.

Funeral Home: Czaplewski Family Funeral Home, Hayfield.