Esther Viola (Klein) Mammenga

NEW ULM – Esther Viola (Klein) Mammenga, 92, of New Ulm, passed away at Oak Hills Living Center on Tuesday, April 23, 2013.

Funeral service will be 10:30 a.m., Monday, April 29, at St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in New Ulm with Pastor Timothy Smith officiating. Burial will follow in the Lutheran Cemetery in New Ulm.

Visitation will be 4-7 p.m. Sunday and from 7:30-8:30 a.m. Monday at the Minnesota Valley Funeral Home, SOUTH CHAPEL in New Ulm and for one hour prior to the service at the church on Monday. To sign the guest book or leave an online condolence for her family go to

Esther was born to Henry and Molly (Dorn) Klein in Leader, Saskatchewan, Canada, on April 29, 1920. In 1926, the family moved to Elliott, N.D., where Esther was raised and attended school. Esther married Wilbert Jelto Mammenga, in Lisbon, N.D., on Aug. 13, 1938. Esther and Wilbert had two children, Nancy Joann (Mammenga) Morris and Donald Wilbert Mammenga. In 1949, Esther and Wilbert moved their family to New Ulm.

Prior to her retirement, Esther worked in New Ulm at WearWell Garment Factory for 13 years and JC Penney for 14 years. Esther was a member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in New Ulm, where she quilted every Thursday for 30 years. In her leisure time, Esther enjoyed needlework, gardening, baking, canning, going to church and camping with Wilbert. Esther was an active member of the community as well as a dear friend and a very loving mother and grandmother.

Esther is survived by her son, Donald, of New Ulm; two grandchildren, Kelly (Boyd) Staloch of Port Lavaca, Texas, and Jeffrey Morris of Mankato; and seven great-grandchildren, Angela (Garrett) Melchior, Elizabeth Morris, Dustin Staloch, Darrin Staloch, Kaitlin Staloch, Jared Morris and Macinzi Morris.

Esther was preceded in death by her husband, Wilbert, on Dec. 19, 1982; her daughter and son-in-law, Nancy and Larry Morris; her grandson, Gregory Morris; her parents; and her siblings, Ida Rotenberger, Ruben Klein, Elizabeth Schmidt, Albert Klein and Rachel Iverson.

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