Esther Allers

Esther Allers, 84, Garrison, died peacefully, surrounded by her family on Sunday, Jan. 27, 2013, at a Bismarck hospital. Funeral services will be held Friday, Feb. 1, 2013, at 10 a.m., in St. Paul Lutheran Church, Garrison. Burial will be at the Garrison City Cemetery.

Visitation will be held today, Jan. 31, from 2 to 7 p.m., at Thompson Funeral Home in Garrison.

Esther was born June 5, 1928, on her family’s farm east of Garrison, to Henry and Bertha (Blotter) Flath. She was the fourth of 10 children. She was raised on the farm and educated in Garrison, graduating from Garrison High School. Following graduation she spent several years teaching in a rural school.

Esther married Reinholt Fast on Nov. 30, 1947, and they made their home in Garrison. While living in Garrison, Esther worked several different jobs. She worked for Ottertail, was bookkeeper at Great Plains Lumberyard, and also worked at Larry’s Drive Inn. Reinholt died in 1972 and Esther remained in Garrison.

On Oct. 26, 1974, Esther married Richard “Louie” Allers. They continued to live in Garrison and Esther remained active as a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church, where she was a Sunday school teacher and served as Sunday school superintendent, as president of the ladies aid and regularly attended Bible study. She kept busy with a number of hobbies. She loved to knit, embroider, play cards and read books. She was also a very accomplished quilter and was known for her “perfect, tiny stitches.” Esther also loved to travel and spent many winters in Arizona. Her favorite destination was Hawaii, which she traveled to several times.

Esther is survived by: one son, Donald (Cindy) Fast, Minot; daughter, Connie (Ken) Geiger, Bismarck; five grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren; one sister; three brothers; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husbands Reinholt Fast and Richard “Louie” Allers, four brothers and one sister.

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