Obit: Vlach, Esta Mae (1924 - 2016)

Transcriber: Robert Lipprandt 

Surnames: Brahmer, Goodman, Henke, Keathley, Klein, Pond, Raymer, Rosario, Sipla, Stellbrink, Stroud, Vlach, White

----Source: The Hemer Funeral Home (Medford and Rib Lake, WI) 1/03/2016

Vlach, Esta Mae (Keathley) (14 SEP 1924 - 31 DEC 2016)

Esta Mae Vlach, 92, of Rib Lake, passed away Saturday, December 31, 2016 at Golden Living Center, Rib Lake.

Esta was born September 14, 1924 in Harold, KY to James and Margaret (White) Keathley. She attended Pikesville High School in Pikesville, KY. She married Emil Vlach on December 26, 1945 in Dallas, TX. Emil preceded her in death on February 21, 2007.

She is survived by her Daughters: Joan(Mick) Klein of Grafton, Linda (Jerry) Stellbrink and LaNah (Jerry) Brahmer, both of Medford, Grandchildren: Joyce (Dan) Pond of Cameron, Susan Klein of Milwaukee, Michele (Kas Raymer) Klein of Manhattan, KS, Amber (Nick) Stroud of Wauwatosa, Renea (Monty) Henke of Medford, Todd (Katie) Brahmer of Medford, Great Grandchildren: Tyler Henke, Brevin Brahmer, Mark and Matthew Pond, Abram, Grant, and Iris Stroud, Sister in law: Donna Sipla of Coloma, MI and many nieces and nephews.

Esta is preceded in death by her Parents, Husband, Brothers: James and Howard Keathley and Sister: Mavis Goodman.

Upon completion of high school, Esta moved to Columbus, Ohio and was recruited by the Women’s Army Corps and went on to Basic Training in Presque Isla, Maine and was trained as a Medic. She was transferred to Dallas, where she met Emil.

Upon Emil’s completion of his military enlistment, they returned to Rib Lake. Esta worked for Glovette Shoe Company and Gem Products for over 20 years, and retired due to health concerns. She moved to the Golden Living Center in Rib Lake in 2008 where she enjoyed playing music and participating in games of Bingo. Esta was very proud of her military service, and remained patriotic her entire life. She loved the American Flag, and always enjoyed singing Patriotic songs and hymns.

She was a devout Christian, and a member of the Rib Lake United Methodist Church, and American Legion Post 274.

A funeral service will be held at 11 AM, Friday January 6, 2017 at the Rib Lake United Methodist Church. Pastor Angel Rosario will officiate. Burial and Military Honors will follow at Lakeview Cemetery, Rib Lake. Visitation will be held Friday morning at the church from 10 AM until the time of service at 11 AM.

Hemer Funeral Service of Medford and Rib Lake has been entrusted with arrangements.

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