4 Jan 2004 — Columbus, Nebraska
Esther A. Sharpe, 95, of Columbus, Nebraska died Tuesday, January 13, 2004 at Morys Haven in Columbus.
A memorial service will be held on Monday, January 19, 2004 at 11:00 A.M. at the Federated Church in Columbus with Rev. Don Wilson and Rev. Jane Ellefson officiating. Visitation will be on Sunday, January 18 from 4:00 - 7:00 P.M. at the Gass Haney Funeral Home. There will be a private family interment at the Roselawn Cemetery in Columbus.
Esther A. Sharpe was born December 26, 1908 in Buffalo, New York to Rev. Herman H. and Lydia (Heyer) Achtermann. When she was six months old she moved with her family to Klemme, Iowa, then to South Dakota and then moved back to Aplington, Iowa. She graduated from Aplington High School in 1928. In 1931 she received her registered nursing degree from Marshalltown Evangelical Hospital in Marshalltown, IA. Esther moved to St. Louis, MO, where for two years she was a governess for three children in a millionaire's home. She then did general and private duty at St. Louis' Barnes Hospital. Later she moved back to Hampton, IA and worked in a doctor's office.
Esther married Wilbur E. Sharpe on December 26, 1941 at Chapin, IA. While her husband was on overseas duty during WW II, she obtained her anesthesia degree at Cook County Hospital in Chicago, IL. She then worked in the hospital in Hampton, IA. Upon her husband's return, they lived in Reno, NV and Dayton, OH, before settling in Detroit, MI, where their three children were born. Later they moved to Battle Creek, MI, then to Omaha, NE and finally to Columbus, NE in 1964, where her husband purchased an accounting practice.
In Columbus she worked for nine months as the Assistant R.N. at the Columbus Manor when it first opened. From 1968 to 1970 she was a school nurse in the Columbus Public Schools, working at the Columbus High, North Park, West Park, Emerson and Lost Creek schools. For many years she worked in her husband's office.
Esther was a member of the Federated Church, where she served as an Elder, sang in the chancel choir, and was a member of the Women's Fellowship and Circle 1. She was a life member of Beta Sigma Phi Sorority in which she was a former officer and Girl of the Year. She was a member and former officer in Chapter FJ of P.E.O. Sisterhood. She was a former member of the Hospital Auxiliary and sang for three years with the Mother's Singers. Esther loved gardening, reading, music, traveling, and things to do with colors. Memorials may be directed to the Federated Church Building Fund, Morys Haven Nursing Home, or donor's choice.
Esther is survived by:
Daughter - Mary Sharpe - Columbus, NE
Son - James (Elizabeth) Sharpe - Novato, CA
Son - David (Peggy) Sharpe - Norwalk, IA
4 - Grandchildren
1 - Step-Granddaughter
Esther was preceded in death by:
Parents: Rev. Herman H. and Lydia (Heyer) Achtermann
Husband: Wilbur Sharpe on June 21, 1998
Four brothers and four sisters
A Psalm of Thanksgiving
Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth.
Worship the Lord with gladness;
come into his presence with singing.
Know that the Lord is God.
It is he that made us, and we are his;
we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.
Enter his gates with thanksgiving,
and his courts with praise.
Give thanks to him, bless his name.
For the Lord is good;
his steadfast love endures forever,
and his faithfulness to all generations.
In Memory Of
Esther A. Sharpe
Saturday, December 26, 1908
Buffalo, New York
Entered Into Rest
Tuesday, January 13, 2004
Monday, January 19, 2004 11:00 A.M.
Rev. Don Wilson
Rev. Jane Ellefson
Mary Jane Wendland, organist
Kathy Leischner, soloist
"Hymn Of Promise"
"The Lord Bless You And Keep You"
Phyllis Scow Sherry Miller
Gloria Olson Barbara Olson
Kathleen Orr Terence Millard
Elva Gruenhage Dr. Marcia Goering
Lloyd and Kay Castner
Chris and Lauretta Dixon
Joe and Diana Barbaglia
Leonard and Ruth Babka
Doug and Randi Williams
Larry and Shirley Spence
Vince and Marilyn Lempke
Kasimer and Shirlee Zaura
Terry, Jan and Greg Sprieck
Harold and Rogalyn Stevens
Staff and Employees of Morys Haven
Private Family Interment