Jan. 30, 1917-July 23, 2005
Zelma "Pauline" Esch, 88, died Saturday (July 23, 2005) at Hillcrest Nursing Home in McCook.
She was born Jan. 30, 1917, to Arthur E. and Myrtle Gladys (Branscom) Burton in Furnas County. She grew up in the Zion Hill area, attended country school and graduated from Red Willow High School in 1935. She taught in a country school in Red Willow County for two years.
On March 21, 1937, she married Carl Esch at St. John's Lutheran Church at Ash Creek. They farmed north of Red Willow School for two years, then northwest of Danbury for four years, then seven years south of Red Willow until purchasing a farm south of Indianola in 1951. She moved to Indianola in 1994.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Carl; a brother, Cecil; and two sisters, Ethel Crocker and Leona Mathana.
Survivors include two sons, Don and wife, Ila Esch of Homer and Rodney and wife, Rosemary of Arlington; two daughters, Joyce Esch of Des Moines, Wash., and Karen and husband, Richard Cummins of Indianola; four sisters, Letha Hofman of Cheyenne, Wyo., Betty and husband, Harold Brauer of Westminster, Colo., Lila and husband, Norman Liebrandt of McCook, and Joanne and husband, Don Troyer of Denver, Colo.; six grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; three step-grandchildren; and eight step-great-grandchildren.
Services will be Tuesday, 10:30 a.m., at Peace Lutheran Church with the Rev. Randy Wahl officiating. Burial will be at Riverside Cemetery.
Visitation is today until 8 p.m. Friends may go online at www.carpenterbreland.com to extend condolences.
Memorials are being accepted.
Carpenter Breland Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.