On Thursday, November 16, 2023, Esther Wendorf joined her husband LeRoy of nearly 50 years on the heavenly polka dance floor. He left 14 years earlier to reserve the best seats.
Her parents Jacob and Mary (Collins) Duginski were patiently waiting along with granddaughters Karissa Kasten and Chloe Fisher; brothers Leonard, Buddy and Matt and sisters Irene Kulawinski, Florence Zastrow, Lorraine Trantow, Rose Mary Hoffman, and infant twins Helen and Alice.
She will be sadly missed by her children, Debbie (Gary) Kasten, Mic Wendorf, and Sue (Chris) Fisher; grandchildren Ben (Jenah) Kasten and Luke (Abby Nyseth) Kasten. Noah and Vanessa Fisher; great grandchildren Harvey and Reese Kasten. She leaves behind two brothers, Eugene (Mary) and Vince. Further survived by other relatives and friends.
After a short career at Blue Cross Blue Shield in Milwaukee they raised the kids in a happy home. She did many special things to bring in a little extra. A favorite family project was to help her make beer can hats during a fad in the 70’s, knitting and selling well over 100 of them.
After relocating closer to her hometown of Merrill she took up making custom curtains for many area homes.
She helped her son get started in the working world by driving us on a Buyer’s Guide delivery route of nearly 50 miles. She continued the route for many years after with her daughter, and later even her husband.
The summers were spent camping nearly every weekend. She loved a good bicycle ride and after the kids were grown up Mom and Dad explored many back roads and state trails.
Per Esther’s wishes, a private service will be held. In lieu of flowers, give a loved one an extra hug. Please visit www.brainardfuneral.comto leave a condolence for the family.