Esther M. Coleman

Esther M. Coleman

Esther M. Coleman

- December 27, 2019

Esther was born at home on December 10, 1922, to James and Victoria (Johnsen) Andersen in Minnetonka, MN.  She was raised on their family dairy farm with 3 brothers, Walter, Arnold, and Earl.  She attended Oak Knoll grade school and then graduated from Hopkins High School in 1941.

     During the war, she cleaned the inside and outside of airplanes, and she worked at Minneapolis Moline making jeep parts for the war effort.  She returned home to the farm after her father suffered a stroke, and ran the dairy with her brother, Earl.  Soon after, they sold the dairy and moved to the little town of Oak Knoll, MN.

     In 1947, she married Earl Coleman of Birchwood, WI.  They made their home in Oak Knoll. Five children were born to them; James, Clifford, Patricia, Diane, and Annette.  They moved to Rapid City, SD, in 1962, then to Piedmont, SD, in 1963.  In June of 2016, Esther sold her home in Piedmont and moved in with her daughter, Annette, in Sturgis, where she resided until the time of her death.

     Esther M. Coleman, 97, of Sturgis, died Wednesday, December 25, 2019.

     She is survived by her children, Clifford (Nancy) Coleman of Idaho, Patti (Pat) Handley of Texas, Diane (Roger) Keffeler, of Enning, and Annette Tveidt of Sturgis; grandchildren, Theresa (Ron) Huntley of Texas, Gail Jones of Texas, Jason Coleman of Idaho, James (Karen) Handley of Texas, Scott (Lauren) Handley of Arizona, Wade (Tia) Handley of Arizona, Jessica (Hudson) Hogue of Idaho, Kristal Keffeler of South Dakota, and Michelle (Rich) Boyles of South Dakota; great-grandchildren, Amanda, Ashley, Dylan, Lauryn, Madelyn, Kayti, Amelia, Alexander, Joey, Mercedes, Brayden, Payson, and Parker; great-great-grandchildren, Isabella and Devon; a sister-in-law, Mary Andersen of Minnesota; and numerous nieces and nephews.

     Esther was preceded in death by her parents, James and Victoria Andersen; her husband, Earl, who passed in 2010; son, James; brothers, Walter, Arnold, and Earl; son-in-law, Roger Tveidt; and grandson-in-law, Mark Jones.

     Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Monday, December 30, at Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis.

     Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, December 31, 2019, also at Kinkade Funeral Chapel with Pastor David Baer officiating.  Committal services will follow at Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis.

     Condolences may be sent to the family at www.kinkadefunerals.com.


Phone number: 605-347-4455
E-mail: [email protected]
Address: 1612 Junction Avenue, Suite #1
Sturgis, SD 57785