Esther Lorena Guthmiller
Esther Lorena Guthmiller
Born: December 22, 1924
Resided: Tripp, South Dakota
Died: October 9, 2017
Age: 92

Esther Lorena Ehresmann was born on December 22, 1924, in Delmont, SD, to Robert and Ida (Fischer) Ehresmann. Esther worked for the bank in Delmont while attending high school. After graduating from high school she worked at Security National Bank in Sioux City. Esther grew up on a farm in Charles Mix County during the depth of the Great Depression. As she was the first child born to her parents, she often talked about working alongside her father in the fields. She attended a country school, and when her high school years rolled around, she and her sister, Ruby, drove a 1927 Whippet into Delmont for school.

Esther was united in marriage to Maynard Guthmiller on December 29, 1946. They worked together to remodel a country church that had been moved to Tripp, SD, and it remained the family home until Esther’s death. Esther dedicated herself to being a homemaker. She was named a South Dakota Mother of the Year Merit Mother in 1976, receiving the award at the State Capitol in Pierre.

Esther was a Sunday School teacher for 22 years, sang in the church choir, and was a member of the Friedens Reformed Women’s Guild for more than 65 years. She was a 4-H club leader, Future Homemakers of America advisor, and member of the Tripp High School Band Boosters. She was a member of Jelkin-Harms American Legion Post #142 and the Ladies Aid Extension Club.

Esther spent countless hours providing service to her community and church. She loved children, gardening and yardwork.

She spent many hours driving elderly friends and family to medical appointments in Sioux Falls, Yankton, and Mitchell.

Esther died Monday, October 9, 2017, in Avera St. Benedict Health Center in Parkston.

Esther is survived by her Children: Burton (Linda) Guthmiller of Sioux Falls, Barbara (Jan) Ausdemore of San Diego, CA, and Beth (John) Hughes of Sioux Falls; nine grandchildren: Daniel (Kami) Guthmiller, David Guthmiller, Deb Herrboldt, Angel (Paul) Crossland; Jamie (Eli) Humphrey, Elliott (Alice) Hughes, Stuart (Nevada) Hughes, and Evan Hughes; seven great grandchildren: Jace and Elle Guthmiller, Bryce Herrboldt, Serenity and Justice Humphrey, and Jameson and Clark Hughes.

Esther was preceded in death by her husband, Maynard, her parents, Robert and Ida Ehresmann, sister Ruby (Maag), brothers Alvin Ehresmann and Ronald Ehresmann, and grandson Luke Ausdemore.

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10/24/2017 Norman Denke RAPID CITY, South Dakota
Just learned of Esther's passing so am sending our regards. Norm has many happy memories with the girls driving to school in the old whippet.
10/15/2017 Elaine Kvasnicka Soukup Gilbert, AZ
My Heartfelt Sympathy to Burton and to the Guthmiller Family as you say Good~By today to your Mom, Grandmother, and Great Grandmother.
You, too, all were so very blessed to have your Mom all these years together. May all the wonderful, life long memories bring you joy until you all meet again.
Our Father's Blessings to You All
Elaine Kvasnicka Soukup
10/14/2017 Robin Reed Pierce, Nebraska
I am so sorry to hear of Mrs. Guthmiller's death. Barb and Beth, especially praying for you at this time.
10/13/2017 Vern and Arla Dangel Santa Rosa Beach, FL
Our deepest sympathy to your family on the loss of your mother. She held a very dear spot in our hearts. Our prayers go out to you and your extended families.
10/11/2017 Roger and Sheila Hisek Tyndall, South Dakota
Deepest sympathy from our family. Our prayers are with you and your family.
10/10/2017 Allyn Brosz Washington, DC
Burt, Barb, Beth,

Prayers, condolences, and comforting thoughts to you on the passing of your mother. When I think of Tripp, SD, I think of Esther Guthmiller. Whether it was the Happy Farmers 4-H club or Friedens church, I think of Esther's helping hands. I think of all the times she and my mother served side by side in Friedens Ladies Aid. Esther will be missed.
10/10/2017 Daryl Witt Sioux Falls, South Dakota
We extend our deepest sympathy to the family of Esther as she did many family things with my mother and family and will be missed by all.
Witt Family

Funeral Service:
2:00 p.m.
Sunday, October 15, 2017
Frieden's Reformed Church
Tripp, South Dakota
3:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m.
Saturday, October 14, 2017
Frieden's Reformed Church
Tripp, South Dakota
Frieden's Reformed Cemetery
Tripp, South Dakota
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