Esther Heeren

January 29, 1923 - January 16, 2016


Visitation: Visitation will be Thursday from 2-8 p.m., family present 6-8 p.m., at Anderson Funeral Home in Canton.
Service: Funeral service will begin at 10:30 a.m. Friday, January 22 at Canton Lutheran Church.

Esther Heeren0001    Esther Heeren, age 92, of Sioux Falls, formally of Canton, passed away Saturday, January 16, 2016. Funeral service will begin at 10:30 a.m. Friday, January 22 at Canton Lutheran Church. Visitation will be Thursday from 2-8 p.m., family present 6-8 p.m., at Anderson Funeral Home in Canton.
Esther Mae Lavonne Heeren was born on January 29, 1923 to John and Elsie (Aurit) Stengel. She attended rural country school near Canton. As a young woman, she worked for farm families in their homes. During the war, she worked at the Canton Creamery. After the war she worked at the Lew Doc Café where she met the love of her life, Luke Heeren. She married Luke on February 4, 1956 and they enjoyed 51 years together.
The couple worked side by side at the Canton Greenhouse which they owned and operated until their retirement in 1978. During retirement, they enjoyed traveling throughout the United States. The love of her life passed away on March 28, 2007.
Esther was a loving wife, mother, daughter, aunt, grandmother, and friend. She was a member of Canton Lutheran Church. She enjoyed helping others and served as a volunteer for Meals on Wheels. She also enjoyed playing cards, painting angels, baking, and making teddy bears for her daughters and grandchildren. She loved spending time with her daughters and grandchildren.
Grateful for sharing her life are her daughters, Colleen Roberts, Bismarck, ND and Penny (Alan) Thorson, Sioux Falls, SD; grandchildren, Mitch (Amber) Roberts, Mark (Amy) Roberts, Tim (Tracy) Roberts, Jeff Thorson, and Heidi Thorson; great-grandchildren, Crystal (Josh) Ova, Luke Roberts, Lexie Brendel, Elora (Kody) Pebbles, Jake Roberts, Ashlee Roberts, Josh Kindell, Hunter Kindell, Jeremy Kindell, Cadel Roberts, Alex Thorson, Caitlyn Thorson, Delaney Thorson, and Jacen Thorson; great-great-grandson, Asher Ova; brother-in-law, Art Ramse, Sioux Falls, SD; along with numerous other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her husband, Luke; her parents; sisters, Hazel Stensland, Helen Torberson, Irene Ness, and Opal Ramse; brothers, Lyle and Pete Stengel; an infant brother, and son-in-law, Kenneth Roberts.

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  1. I was so sorry to learn that your mother passed away, Penny. I’m sure she appreciated all the time you spent with her. Our family knew the Ramses when we grew up in the West Prairie Lutheran Church. Take care of yourself and your family. You have my sympathy. Dorothy

  2. Esther was a wonderful woman and a wonderful friend. She and Luke were very special persons in my life. I cherish the memories. I’m sorry that I ( we) can not be there to express our love and sorrow in person. Be sure we will be thinking of Esther and the wonderful family she leaves behind. God Bless and Godspeed. We are happy she no longer suffers but will miss her.
    Our love
    Norman and Judie

  3. Penny, Alan, Jeff & Heidi — our deepest sympathy in the loss of your Mom and Grandma. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.