Esther L. Laude, age 83, a resident of Manitowoc, and formerly of Weyauwega and Wittenberg, entered eternal life Thursday, December 10, 2015 while surrounded by her family at Artisan Senior Living in Manitowoc.
Estie was born on June 22, 1932 at her family farm in Elderon to the late Gustave and Cora Lunde Norrbom. She graduated from Wittenberg High School with the class of 1950. On October 12, 1952, she married John A. Laude at Redeemer Lutheran Church in Wittenberg. After being a United States Air Force wife for six years, Estie was an excellent homemaker and also worked as a pharmacy clerk. In her retirement years in Arizona, she was a sales person at Mesa Market Place. Estie enjoyed baking and cooking for her family, going on camping trips, and spending her retirement years in Arizona where she loved the Superstition Mountain which she called “her mountain”. Above all, she was a loving wife, mother, and grandmother.
Survivors include Estie’s husband of 63 years, John; two children, Debra (Terry) Schimmel, Manitowoc and Dana (April) Laude, Fond du Lac; five grandchildren: Andrew Harrigan, Lindsay Harrigan, Alexa Schimmel, Erik Wastel, and Kyle Laude; three great-grandchildren: Jada, Evan and Whitaker; brothers: Lyle (Leone) Norrbom, Cape May, NJ; Carl (June) Norrbom, Weston; and David (Kay) Norrbom, Eland; also other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, Gustave and Cora Norrbom; sister, Arla Breske; two nephews, Loren Norrbom and Joel Breske; and father-in-law and mother-in-law, Alvin and Clara “Busha” Laude.
Funeral services will be held at noon on Wednesday, December 16, 2015 at Redeemer Lutheran Church, W18205 College Avenue, Wittenberg. Rev. Amy Meyer will officiate with burial to follow at Redeemer Lutheran Parish Cemetery. The family will greet relatives and friends at Redeemer Lutheran Church on Wednesday from 11 a.m. until the time of the funeral service at noon. Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.harriganparksidefuneralhome.com. The Harrigan Parkside Funeral Home and Crematory, North 11th and St. Clair streets, Manitowoc is assisting the family with funeral arrangement.
All of Estie’s family would like to extend their thanks and appreciation to the staff of Artisan Senior Living and to Brittany of Homecare Health Services and Hospice for all of their care and compassion.