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Funeral Arrangements

Monday, January 24, 2005

Esther Armstrong Lussman

March 2, 1926 - January 14, 2005

Funeral Services were Tuesday, January 18 at 10:30 a.m. at Zion Lutheran Church in rural Storm Lake, with Reverend Tom Egger officiating. Burial was in the Zion Lutheran Cemetery. The Fratzke & Jensen Funeral Home in Storm Lake was in charge of the arrangements.

Esther A. Armstrong Lussman, age 78, of Storm Lake died Friday, January 14 at the Buena Vista Manor in Storm Lake.

Esther A. Hartje was born on March 2, 1926 to Henry and Marie (Wellman) Hartje in rural Storm Lake. She lived with her family in Lincoln Township and attended Zion Lutheran School in Grant Township. On March 21, 1926, Esther was baptized and later confirmed on March 17, 1940 at Zion Lutheran Church where she remained a faithful member.

On March 2, 1952, Esther was united in marriage to Merlyn C. Armstrong at Zion Lutheran Church. They were blessed with three sons, Dale, Glen and Gary. On July 14, 1991, she married Harold Lussman at Zion Lutheran Church.

Esther loved her family and was devoted to them. She was a housewife, who was active in the farming duties, as well as gardening and raising chickens. She enjoyed quilting, fishing and going on trips. Esther was fond of spending time with her family, for whom she often cooked big meals for their gatherings. She cherished her time in Minnesota at the cabin, loved to plan parties and cherished spending time with her special friend, Dee. Harold and Esther also enjoyed a special trip to Colorado. She and her sister Lora were more than sisters, they were life-long friends as well.

Those left to cherish her memory include her husband, Harold Lussman of Storm Lake; her sons, Dale Armstrong and his wife Sandra of Storm Lake, Glen Armstrong and his wife Carolyn of Albert City and Gary Armstrong and his wife Gail of Bedford; eight grandchildren: Brandon Armstrong and his wife Tasha, Justin and Tyler Armstrong, Randi and Kerri Armstrong, Ryan, Jacob and Rachel Armstrong; one sister, Lora Hartje and many extended family and friends.

Preceding Esther in death are her parents, Henry and Marie Hartje; two brothers: William Hartje and Albert Hartje; one sister, Irene Rathke; one sister-in-law, Elsie Hartje; one brother-in-law, Paul Rathke; and her first husband Merlyn Armstrong.

Blair Newlon

October 7, 1954 - December 1, 2005

Memorial Services for Blair Newlon. 50, of Red Wing, Minnesota, formerly of Aurelia will be held Saturday January 22, at the Aurelia Community Center in Aurelia with Pastor Bruce Rapp officiating. Burial will be in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery in Aurelia. There will be no visitation. The Redig Funeral Home in Aurelia will be in charge of arrangements.

Blair died Wednesday December 1, 2004, at the Red Wing Care Center in Red Wing, MN, where he had been a resident for 14 years, of complications from a head injury sustained in car accident in Bellingham, WA, on October 20, 1988.

Blair Robert Newlon was born October 7, 1954, the son of Robert C. Rasmussen and Donna Jeanne (Mummert) Rasmussen, in Cherokee, Iowa. Blair worked as a boat rite and as a carpenter.

Blair loved life, living his 33 years prior to the accident to the fullest. He rode his bicycle from Wisconsin to Bellingham in the late 70's in search of adventure. He loved the outdoors, hiking, and biking through the northwest. He cross-country skied in the winter, canoed in the summer, and fished in the fall. Volleyball was one of his passions and he played on numerous local teams. He loved card games and played poker regularly with his buddies. Blair was a gifted and gentle soul. He learned sign language as a teen and made great use of the ability. His artistic abilities were used to design logos for volleyball teams and in his work as a cabinet maker. Blair owned and operated Dove Tail Wood Designs, and left his touch throughout the Bellingham area and with several family members in various projects he completed. Although his life was much too short, Blair lived every day as if it were his last, touching lives from Wisconsin to Alaska. He had a knack for making each person feel that they were a special friend. Even though 16 years has passed since his accident, he has never been forgotten by family and friends, his memory lives on in their hearts. Although it is sad that he has passed on, it is comforting to know that he is free at last.

Preceding him in death were his father, Robert C. Rasmussen, and his grandparents Burt and Leone Mummert and Neils and Rosalie Rasmussen.

Survivors include his mother and step father, Donna Jeanne and Jim Heuer of Beaver Dam, WI; his adoptive father, Robert and his wife Bonita Newlon of Sandy Creek, NC; four brothers: Randy and his wife Vicki Newlon of Aurelia, Kent Newlon of Beaver Dam, WI; Robert Rasmussen of Waterloo, IA; Kurt and his wife Michelle Rasmussen of Hiawatha, IA; three sisters: Gloria Rasmussen and partner Kelly Yaktus of Portage, WI; Eve and husband Darin Freeman of Spencer; Sivi and her husband Rusty Powers of Hiawatha, IA; two uncles, Don and his wife Jeanette Mummert of Aurelia, and Herb and his wife Pat Rasmussen of Storm Lake, several nieces and nephews and other relatives and friends.