Saturday, February 4, 2017


Esther E. Zuleger, 100, of Medford passed away on Friday February 3, 2017 at Care Partners surrounded by her family. She was born on November 15, 1916 to Albert and Bertha Werner in Medford. She was a 1934 graduate of Medford High School. She married Alfred Zuleger on April 20, 1938 at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Medford, he preceded her in death.
Esther worked most of her life on the family farm. In her spare time she loved to cook, visit with her family and friends, gardening, and caring for her flowers. She was a very active member of Trinity Lutheran Church, where she was a member of the ladies aid, church choir, and played the organ. She was a member of 4-H and the Whittlesey homemakers.
Esther is survived by her children, Werner (Holly) Zuleger of Little Chicago, Cheryl (Dean) Reiter of Stetsonville, and Kathy (Tommy) Dassow of Medford. She was Grandma-great to grandchildren, John and Chuck Altfillsch, Tim and Kris Zuleger, Jason, Brad and Shane Reiter, and Melisa and Josh Dassow, 28 great-grandchildren, and 20 great-great-grandchildren. She further survived by her sister, Patricia Mueller of Bean Station, TN and many other family and friends.
In addition to her parents and husband Esther is preceded in death by a sister, LaVerne Simonin, brother, Herbert, grandson Heath Leslie Reiter, granddaughters Deanna Zuleger-Scantlin and Sandy Thurs, and step-daughter Delores Emshoff.
Funeral Services for Esther with be held on Tuesday, February 7 at 11:00 A.M. at Trinity Lutheran Church in Whittlesey with Pastor Randal Jeppesen officiating, burial will follow at Trinity Lutheran Cemetery. Visitation will take place at Trinity Lutheran Church, Whittlesey on Tuesday, February 7 from 9:00 A.M. until the time of service at 11:00 A.M. Memorial donation may be made to Trinity Lutheran Church Elevator Fund. Hemer Funeral Service of Medford and Rib Lake has been entrusted with arrangements. Online condolences can be left at
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