Esther P. Mahacek, 93, of Le Mars, died Saturday, Dec. 4, 2004, at Plymouth Manor Care Center in Le Mars.
The former Esther Parsons was born Aug. 9, 1911, at Woonsocket, S.D., the daughter of Archie and Maude (Rickman) Parsons. She grew up and graduated from high school at Woonsocket, and then graduated from the University of South Dakota at Vermillion, where she received her B.A. in education. Esther taught school in South Dakota for several years prior to her marriage to Frank J. Mahacek in Sioux Falls, S.D., on Aug. 25, 1939.
In 1947 Frank and Esther moved to Sheldon, where they owned and operated a hardware store. They moved to Le Mars in 1954 where Esther worked for Red Crowley as a bookkeeper for several years. Later, Esther and Frank owned and operated a vending company called J. and J. Cookie Company. Frank died Dec. 2, 2002.
Mrs. Mahacek was a member of St. James Catholic Church and the Altar Society.
One of Esther's favorite pastimes was knitting until her eyesight began to fail. The love of her life was knitting Christmas stockings for many family members and friends. In all, she had probably knitted more than 200 of them, each one personalized with the name of the person she presented it to.
Survivors include her two sons and their wives, Jerry and Lynette Mahacek of Waverly, and Jim and Rhonda Mahacek of Lake Forest, Calif.; five grandchildren: Shyla Mahacek of Iowa City, Drew Mahacek and his wife, Carol of Ofallon, Mo., Senna Mahacek of Tampa, Fla., Melina Schlobohm and her husband, Jody of Rancho Santa Marguerita, Calif., and Jeff Mahacek of Portland, Ore.; and a great-granddaughter, Ella Grace Mahacek of Ofallon, Mo.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Frank; a son in infancy; a sister, Dorothy Davis; and two brothers, Darrell and Byron Parsons.
The Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at St. James Catholic Church in Le Mars with the Rev. James Tigges officiating. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery in Le Mars.
Friends may call anytime after 3 p.m. Wednesday at the Feuerstein Funeral Home in Le Mars, where there will be a parish rosary at 4 p.m. and a Scriptural wake service at 7 p.m.