Esther (Rolfes) Kurth, the daughter of Joseph and Rose (Langel) Rolfes was born Jan. 13, 1930, in Le Mars. Esther married Roland Kurth Sept. 6, 1949, in Le Mars. They moved to Primghar in 1961, where they settled on a farm to raise their seven children -- Esther's pride and joy.
She was very active with St. Anthony's Catholic Church and served actively on St. Anthony's Guild.
Esther was a certified dietician at the Baum-Harmon Memorial Hospital and had many hobbies. These hobbies included tending to her flower gardens, meeting with her coffee clubs, and spending time with her sisters.
Most importantly, Esther was the No. 1 fan of her children's and grandchildren's many activities.
Esther was an exercise enthusiast and enjoyed many hours at the Primghar Fitness Center.
She is survived by her husband, Ron. Esther's legacy lives on in her husband and their seven children, 21 grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren: their daughter, Bev (Dave) Padget of Florida/Minnesota and their three children, Ryan, Matt and Nicole; their daughter, Jan (Bob) Riepma of Iowa and their two children, Eric (his wife, Janel and daughter, Olivia) and Amy; their son, Mark (Laurie) Kurth of California and their four children, Jennifer, Dan, Tom (his wife, Tarryn), and Jeff; their son, Fred (Terry) Kurth of Texas and their two children, Jon (his wife, Chandler and son, Ben) and Jacquie (her fiancée, Cecil); their daughter, Kathy (Steve) Leng of Iowa and their four children, Kyle (his wife, Heather), Kelsey, Carmen and Cody; their son, Tim (Gayle) Kurth of Illinois and their three children, Josephine, Mackenzie, and Corissa; and their daughter, Michelle (Drew) Townsend of Illinois and their three children, Alex, Jacob and Julia. Family bonds live on through her three sisters and one brother, Ann, Jeanie, Lois and Wally.
Esther has joined her parents, a brother, Al; five sisters, Rosie, Onie, Betty, Florence and Rosella; her granddaughter, Sarah; and great-granddaughter, Chloe.
Funeral services were 10:30 a.m. today (Thursday) at St. Anthony's Catholic Church in Primghar with the Rev. Tim Hogan officiating. Burial was in the Calvary Cemetery in Primghar.
Visitation was after 5 p.m. Wednesday with the family present after 6 p.m. and a Scripture wake service at 7:30 p.m. at the Gaudian-Eldridge Funeral Home in Primghar.
In lieu of flowers the family wishes that memorials be directed to: Macular Degeneration Foundation Inc.; P.O. Box 531313; Henderson, NV 89053.
Online condolences may be sent at gaudian-eldridgefuneralhomes.com