Orpha Kuester

REDWOOD FALLS – Orpha Kuester, 97, of Redwood Falls and formerly of Fairfax, died Thursday, Aug. 1, 2013 at the Wood Dale Home in Redwood Falls.

This was her home of choice and she was happy there. She enjoyed going to visit whenever she could and was always ready to go out to South Dakota to spend a day or two.

Funeral service will be 11 a.m. Monday, Aug. 5 at the Emanuel Lutheran Church in Wellington Township, rural Fairfax, with Pastor Michael Gorte and Pastor Scott Muske officiating. Burial will follow in the Emanuel Lutheran Cemetery.

Visitation will be 9-11 a.m. Monday at the Emanuel Lutheran Church. Minnesota Valley Funeral Home in Gibbon is in charge of arrangements. To leave an online condolence or to sign the guest book for her family go to: www.mvfh.org.

Orpha leaves to mourn her daughter, Lila Black of Gibbon; grandsons, Gary and wife Teresa Black and their children Devin and Kendra of Estelline, S.D., and Bruce Black of Gibbon and his daughter Brittany of Spicer; granddaughter, Kay and husband Ronald Klement of Gibbon and their children Heather of Maple Grove and Ryan of Winthrop; great-granddaughter, Rebecca Deterling and her daughter Reagan of Redwood Falls; great-grandson, Aaron and wife Brandy Deterling and their children Todd, Maverick, Griffin, and August of Morton; brother, Lyle Borth of Redwood Falls; sister and brother-in-law,w Loaine and Ray Williams of Prescott, Ariz.; sisters-in-law, Mae (Reynolds) Borth of Redwood Falls, Ruth Borth of Sleepy Eye, and Agnes Piotter of Sleepy Eye; and many nieces; nephews; and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Robert Kuester on July 23, 2000; daughter, LaVella Deterling and husband, Oren Deterling and their son, Brian Deterling; son-in-law, Clifford Black and his son Glen Black; brothers, Marvin and wife Olivia Borth, Murel Borth, Myron and wife Florence Borth, Leo and wife Alvina Tallman, Ben and wife Meta Ulrich, and Arvid and wife Ester Peterson; sister-in-law, Elsie Borth; brothers-in-law, Milton Freyholtz and George Piotter; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Herman and Augusta Kuester.

Orpha Hattie Hannah Borth was born Feb. 23, 1916 to Ernest and Alvina (Lehman) Borth in Moltke Township, Sibley County, rural Gibbon. She was baptized, confirmed and married at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Gibbon. On Sept. 11, 1935 Orpha was united in marriage to Robert Kuester. She then became a member of Emanuel Lutheran Church in Wellington Township, rural Fairfax. To this union was born two daughters, Lila and LaVella. Orpha and Robert lived and farmed the home place in Wellington Township for many years. In 1962, they moved to Fairfax and Orpha worked at the Nursing Home, as well as at many other jobs. Orpha and Robert enjoyed helping deliver Meals on Wheels. After Roberts passing, Orpha relied on her neighbors to help mow her lawn and keep the sidewalk clean in the winter. She would smile and say they were there before she got up. Orpha was a loving mother, grandma, great-grandma, and great-great-grandma. We will always miss her but keep her in our hearts. She was always a helping hand to all of us when we needed her.


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