Private Funeral Services for Esther M. Carlson, age 85, of Winside, will be at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Winside. Visitation will be Wednesday, October 28 from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Winside. Interment will be at Pleasant View Cemetery in Winside. She passed away on Wednesday at Wayne Countryview Estates. Memorials may be directed to Esther’s family for later designation. Masks and social distancing are required. Arrangements are with Hasemann Funeral Home of Wayne.
Esther Mathilda Carlson was born February 17, 1935, at Battle Creek to Fred and Bertha (Long) Otjen. She attended school in Tilden and graduated from Norfolk High School in 1952. Esther married Alvin Carlson April 14, 1968, at Grace Lutheran Church in Norfolk. The couple farmed near Winside until 1973 and moved into Winside. She was employed as a receptionist and nurse practitioner for 20 years for Dr. Dunlap and Dr. Brauer. Esther was a member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Winside. She was a former Sunday school and catechism teacher. Esther was a member of the Ladies Aid and various card clubs. She was a devoted mom and homemaker, caretaker for her husband, and baby sitter for her grandchildren and neighborhood kids. Esther was an enthusiastic Husker fan, which was a huge bond with her son.
Esther is survived by her son, Chad (Michelle) Carlson of Winside, grandchildren, Alex, Tyler, Landon, and Alayna; nieces; nephews; and cousins. Esther was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Alvin in 2008; son, Steph in 2017; brother, Gilbert Otjen; and sister, Elaine (Everett) Watson.