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Esther Belle Traphagen

April 30, 1932 May 17, 2014
Esther Belle Traphagen
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Obituary for Esther Belle Traphagen

Worthington, MN

      Esther Belle Traphagen went home to the Lord on May, 17, 2014. She was also reunited with her husband, Bruce Lee Traphagen, whom she married on June 17, 1954, and who preceded her in death 36 years ago.

      Born Esther Belle Schott on April 30, 1932, to Edward and Pauline Schott on a farm near McLaughlin, South Dakota, she was one of 10 children; she is survived by four of them: Alma, Lavina, Margie and Clinton.

      Esther was a wonderful, loving and selfless mother to four children: Pamela (and Ray Lowry), Michael (and Patty Traphagen), Paula (and Curt Bossert), and Mitchell (and Michelle Majestic-Traphagen); and grandmother to Zane Eckhoff, Kellen (and Erika) Traphagen, Wade Traphagen, Zachary (and Sarah) Traphagen, Shane Bossert and Devin Bossert. She was a woman of many talents, including art as a young woman to restoring antique furniture and making beautiful quilts in her later years. She chose to become an educator, beginning in a one-room schoolhouse in rural South Dakota and retiring after many years in Worthington elementary schools, teaching children of all ages and abilities.

      In her lifetime, she witnessed changes that were unparalleled in history. She began attending school during the Great Depression, riding in an open horse-drawn carriage with her siblings and ended this life in an era of space travel and instant global communication. She accepted change with the beautiful grace that she displayed in all things.

      Esther graduated from McLaughlin High School in 1950. She went on to earn her degree from Northern Teacher's College in Aberdeen, South Dakota, and Southwest State University in Marshall, Minnesota.

      In addition to a lifetime of love and support for her family, to Pamela, she gave her talent as an artist. To Michael, she inspired him to become an educator. To Paula, she gave her wit, compassion and wonderful personality. To Mitchell, she became both mother and father and gave of herself to make his dreams come true.

      Her funeral service will be held at the First United Methodist Church in Worthington on Tuesday, May 20, 2014, at 10:30 a.m., with Rev. Dr. Daren Flinck officiating. She will be interred next to her husband at Sunset Memorial Gardens in Aberdeen, South Dakota.

     Her final days were spent in the company of her children and hearing the oft-repeated and deeply heartfelt words, "We love you, Mom."

Benson Funeral Home in Worthington is in charge of the arrangements.


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