HAWARDEN—Esther Marie Holtkamp, 91, Hawarden, died Monday, June 17, 2019, at Oakhill Assisted Living in Hawarden. Services will be 11 a.m. Thursday, June 20, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Hawarden, with Pastor Joshua Lowe officiating. Burial will be at Grace Hill Cemetery in Hawarden. A prayer service will be at 7 p.m. Wednesday, June 19, followed by visitation with family present until 8 p.m. at Porter Funeral Home in Hawarden.
Condolences may be sent to www.porterfuneralhomes.com.
Esther Marie Holtkamp was born Dec. 13, 1927, in Alcester, SD, the daughter of William and Anna (Johannsen) Ludwig. Esther was baptized Feb. 19, 1928, and confirmed on June 14, 1942, both at the Peace Lutheran Church near Alcester, SD. She attended the Ludwig Country School.
Esther married Herman H. Holtkamp Dec. 27, 1951, at the Peace Lutheran Church in Alcester. Together they farmed in Union County before retiring into Hawarden. Esther was always around her dogs and cats and raised bottle fed lambs. She was active in her gardens and raising flowers. She and Herman often played cards with friends and she loved to fish. Esther was a member of the Trinity Lutheran Church, LCMS in Hawarden. Herman died on Nov. 19, 2016. Esther later moved to the Oakhill Assisted Living where she was very attached to the dog and cat that also made their home there.
Esther is survived by her daughter, Rhoda and husband Gary Lockhorst of Hawarden; two grandchildren, Eric Lockhorst and wife Robin and their children, Mason and Sutton, and Rachel Stahlecker and husband Josh and their daughters, Emery, Calliope, and Aubrey; numerous nephews, nieces and cousins.
Esther was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Herman; and sister, Dorothy Wendel.