Esther Josephine Sterkowicz
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August 12, 1915 ~ August 9, 2015

Esther passed on to be with our Lord on Sunday, August 9th, only 3 days before her 100th Birthday. Nearly all her surviving family were present at her Life Celebration just before her passing.
Mom was born in Bone Trail near Williston, North Dakota to Norwegians Christian and Emma Samnoen. She was a graduate of Battle Ground High and was a lifelong resident of Vancouver, WA.
Esther is survived by her daughters, Evelyn Bellant and Carol Leonetti; sons, Michael and Arthur; sister, Cora; 6 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren.
A graveside service was held at Bethel Lutheran Church in Brush Prairie, WA on Wed., August 12th.
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Published in The Columbian on Aug. 23, 2015.
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August 26, 2015
Dear Mike, Saw your mom's picture today and it brought back memories of what a kind and sweet woman she was. I only met her a few times when we were growing up near Lieser school and hanging out in the neighborhood, but her face is so familiar.
May God bless you all as you think of your mom and treasure those precious memories.
Elgina (Hughes)Leidy
August 23, 2015
Esther and I worked together for a number of years at the St Josephs Hospital now known as Peace Health. She was a gentle soul, and a hard worker.she always had a smile.
August 23, 2015
I'm so sorry to see your Mom's picture today. Wishing you and your family only happy memories and love. Hard to believe how quick the years have passed, but knowing your Mom had a long life makes me happy.
Best of life to come.
Love, Nancy (Bergeron) Ferris
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