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Doris L. Essman

March 29, 1925 — June 4, 2023

Luverne

Doris L. Essman

Doris Lorraine Essman was born to Ole and Mary (Anderson) Hegstad on March 29, 1925 in Slayton, Minnesota. She was raised and educated through eighth grade in Slayton, before moving to Ellsworth, Minnesota. She graduated from Ellsworth High School in 1943 and then attended Mankato State Teachers’ College in Mankato, Minnesota, graduating in 1944. She taught school in Adrian, Minnesota, and Ellsworth. On August 9, 1946 Doris was united in marriage to Melvin Essman. The couple lived on his parents’ farm for two years and then moved throughout the Rock and Nobles County area before settling on a farm near Kanaranzi, Minnesota. During this time Doris worked at the Kanaranzi store and post office for a few years. In 1989, Doris and Melvin moved from their home of 29 years into Luverne, Minnesota. Melvin passed away on October 30, 2008. Doris continued to reside in their home until March 2009, when she moved to the Poplar Creek assisted living facility in Luverne. She later transitioned to the Good Samaritan Society – Mary Jane Brown Home. On Sunday, June 4, 2023, Doris died peacefully at the Sanford USD Medical Center in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, at the age of 98 years, two months and six days.

Doris was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Luverne, Minnesota. She was a ruling elder, belonged to ‘Anchor Group’, and was involved in circle and quilting. She also belonged to Kanaranzi Ladies Aid.  She was a member of the Luverne Lions 92 and belonged to a bowling league. She enjoyed playing cards with her card club, knitting, crocheting, reading and fishing.

Doris is survived by her two children, David and his wife, Claudia Essman of Deerwood, Minnesota, and Deanna and her husband, Robert Wieme of Sioux Falls; four grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; one great-great-granddaughter; and other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her husband, Melvin; daughter, Lori Essman; grandson, Steven Essman; parents, Ole and Mary; two siblings, Nona Walter and Minver Hegstad; step-mother, Leila Hegstad; and step-sister, Juanita.

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Visitation

Saturday, June 10, 2023

9:30 - 10:30 am (Central time)

First Presbyterian Church - Luverne

302 Central Lane PO Box 568, Luverne, MN 56156

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Saturday, June 10, 2023

10:30 - 11:15 am (Central time)

First Presbyterian Church - Luverne

302 Central Lane PO Box 568, Luverne, MN 56156

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Interment

Saturday, June 10, 2023

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Memory Gardens Cemetery - Luverne

Restlawn Memorial Gardens, Luverne, MN 56156

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