FAIRMONT - Funeral service for Esther N. Spee, 94, of Fairmont, Minn., will be 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, at United Methodist Church in Fairmont. Burial will be at the Lakeside Cemetery in Fairmont.
Visitation will be 5-7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 30, at Lakeview Funeral Home in Fairmont, and one hour prior to the service at the church on Saturday.
Esther passed away Saturday morning, Nov. 24, 2012, at Goldfinch Memory Care Center in Fairmont.
Esther Nellie Sauck was born Jan. 6, 1918, in Pleasant Prairie Township, Martin County, the daughter of Alfred and Nellie (Thate) Sauck. She attended District 54 country school in Pleasant Prairie Township. On June 5, 1949, Esther was united in marriage to Norman Spee at St. John's E & R Church in Fairmont. They farmed east of Fairmont for more than 40 years, and Esther helped out on the farm with Norman and their son, Lowell. Esther was a master gardener who enjoyed her vegetable and flower gardens. She took great pride in her canning and baking and was a local favorite at the many church bazaars and bake sales. Norman and Esther moved into Fairmont in 1986 and Norman passed away on July 20, 2002. Esther moved into the Goldfinch Estates in 2008.
Esther was active in the United Methodist Church, United Methodist Women and she took care of the church flowers for many years. She also participated in the Fairmont Garden Club, quilting group and the Lakeview Methodist Healthcare Center Auxiliary.
Those who will cherish her memory include her son, Lowell Spee of Fairmont; three grandchildren, Dirk Spee and Joseph Spee, both of Champlin, Minn., Kimberly Hitzemann and her husband, Paul, of Jackson, Minn.; brother, Elmer Sauck and his wife, Marcella, of Truman, Minn.; nieces and nephews, other relatives and many friends.
In addition to her parents and husband, Norman, Esther was preceded in death by her daughter-in-law, Cindy Spee; and brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law.
Memorials are preferred to American Alzheimer's Association or the United Methodist Church.