Esther Wiste, 83, Austin

Published 11:07 am Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Esther Wiste, 83, of Austin, Minn., died Oct. 28, 2012, at St. Marys Hospital, Rochester, Minn.

Esther Wiste

Esther Lorraine Hardecopf was born Nov. 29, 1928, in rural Mower County to William & Rachel (Julson) Hardecopf. As members of the Adams High School class of 1947, she and her class mates would hold reunions on almost an annual basis, especially when her good friend Ruth (Walker) Halley would return from Florida. She married Paul Wiste on Oct. 14, 1948, at Marshall Lutheran Church in Adams, Minn. They made their home in Adams and later in Austin.

She bowled league and tournaments for many years in Austin and Adams before turning her interest to golf. Many remember Esther from the Cedar River Country Club where she was an avid golfer and helped with many tournaments as well as being the club house manager for a number of years. She was a dedicated member of the Adams American Legion Auxiliary. Esther enjoyed people and was always ready to play cards with fellow residents of the Oaks Condos.

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Survivors include her daughter and son-in-law, Pam and Terry Ross of Austin; sisters, Wilma Weness of Adams and Pearl Finseth of Fountain, Minn.; brother and sister-in-law Lloyd and Alice Hardecopf, Leroy, Minn.; brother Neal Hardecopf and friend Ida Weber, Holmen, Wis.; brother-in-law Harold (Alice) Wiste; sister-in-law Kathleen Wiste, both of Adams, MN; many nieces & nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, baby son in 1951, sisters Marion Fossey and Dorothy Kadlec and her parents.

According to her strict wishes there will be no visitation or service. There will be a private burial at Little Cedar Lutheran Cemetery. She wishes to be remembered by her friends and family with a toast to good health whenever they think of her. Clasen-Jordan Mortuary in charge of arrangements.