Esther E. Abels, age 88, of Kanawha, went home to be with her Lord on My 3, 2010 at the Wright County Medical Center in Clarion. Funeral services were held Wednesday, May 5 at the Zion Lutheran church in Humboldt with the the Rev. J.K. Raether officiating. Interment was in the Zion Cemetery, Humboldt.
Esther is survived by her devoted and loving husband, Dirk J. Abels of Kanawha; daughter, Sharon E. Kraft of Kanawha; son, Robert E. (Kathy) Baxter of Plymouth; and daughter, Marilyn (Kevin) Lehrman of Goldfied; grandchildren, Susan (Shawn) Malek-zadegan of Chanhassen, Minn., Bruce (Jerilyn) Kraft of Chanhassen, Minn., Annette (John) Easter of Phoenix, Ariz., Angelique (Joe) Andrade of Exeter, N.H., Laura (William) Schaffer of Humboldt, and Gregory (Courtney) Lehrman of Altoona; great-granchildren, Michelle and Matthew Malek-zadegan, Allison, Nathan and Clarissa Kraft, Nicholas and Douglas Andrade, and Amanda, Jonathon, and Emliy Schaffer. She was preceded in death by her parents; sister, Lola Hampson; and brother, Robert Lyle Clark, Lloyd Clark, Laurence Ardis Clark, and Lee M. Clark.
Esther Elizabeth (Clark) Abels, the daughter of Robert and W. Emmaline (Fleener) Clark, was born June 28, 1921 in Marathon. She graduated from Ruthven High School in 1939.
Esther dearly loved her family. Saturday nights at the farm for Pizza get-togethers and playing games were a special time that will be long remembered by her grandchildren along with her cookies. She was a lady with a wonderful sense of humor and lots of spunk, who was compassionate and always ready to share. Esther enjoyed card playing, dominoes and family summer vacations.