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Esther Voges

February 7, 1932 — February 1, 2024

Blue Earth

Esther Betty Voges, age 91 of Blue Earth passed away Thursday February 1, 2024 at Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis. A memorial service will be 11AM Monday February 5, 2024 at St. Paul Lutheran Church with Rev. David Schultz officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior. Burial will be at Hillside Cemetery in Lake Wilson. Online condolences can be left and a livestream of the service can be viewed at www.pattonfh.com

Esther was born at home on a farm near Dimock, SD, February 7, 1932 to Albert and Bertha (Sperlich) Krieger. The family moved to a farm near Mitchell, SD. Because of the dust bowl and grasshoppers in the 1930’s the family relocated to a farm south of Blue Earth in 1942. Esther finished 4th grade in Plano, SD and graduated from Blue Earth High School in 1950. She was involved in many high school activities, was a cheerleader and 1949 Homecoming Queen. She was confirmed from and a life-long member of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Blue Earth. After graduation, she worked as a secretary for Faribault County Extension, Farm Bureau, ASC and the county assessor’s office.

She married Rodney Anderson in 1952 and they made their home on a farm south of Blue Earth raising their 6 children together, until they divorced in 1983. Besides being a farmwife, raising a family and being involved in their activities, she went back to work part time at Krahmer & Krahmer Law office in Fairmont and then full time in the business office at UHD. She was also a 4H leader, involved in the Blue Earth Boosters and the 4H County Board, participated in several church groups and held offices with the American Legion Auxiliary.

In 2000, she moved to Sioux Falls, SD and worked at Sanford Health until her retirement in 2011. In 2002, she married Frank Voges. He passed suddenly in 2010 so Esther returned to Blue Earth in 2011. Frank and Esther shared a love for music and especially classic country. Frank was a bass guitar picker and singer for country dance bands in SW MN and Sioux Falls. Although they only had a few years together, it was filled with family, many friends, memories and music.

Left to cherish her memory are her children; Charles (JoAnn) Anderson of Winnebago, Nancy (Mike) Palm of Waseca, Jean Staneart of Waseca, Richard (Linda) Anderson of Vail, AZ, David (Kathy) Anderson of Blue Earth, Jerold (Lynn) Anderson of Blue Earth, step-children; Dawn (Dennis) Schroeder of Tracy, Brian (Shannon) Voges of Sioux Falls, Tim (Krista) Voges of Morris, Mike Saur of Sioux Falls and Crystal (Kevin) Dahle of Sioux Falls, numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren and great-great grandchildren, brother Allan (Sharon) Krieger, as well as many other extended family members and friends.

She is preceded in death by her parents, husband Frank, sister Alice (Laurence) Cahill and brothers Loren (Bernice) Krieger and Ronald Krieger.

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