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Esther Sunstrom

Visitation:
Tuesday, October 6, 2009
5:00 PM until 8:00 PM
Stark-Welin Funeral Directors
609 7th Street
PO Box 505
Boone, IA 50036-0505

Visitation:
Wednesday, October 7, 2009
8:00 AM until 10:00 AM
Stark-Welin Funeral Directors
609 7th Street
PO Box 505
Boone, IA 50036-0505

Service:
Wednesday, October 7, 2009
1:00 PM
Evangelical Free Church Home Chapel
112 West 4th Street
Boone, IA 50036



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On October 1, 2009, Esther Sunstrom passed away peacefully in her sleep at the Evangelical Free Church Home where she and her husband, Frank, had resided for the past five years.

Esther Lucille Goodman was born in Colfax, Iowa on October 31, 1914 to Oscar and Ellen (Larson) Goodman. Raised in Madrid, Esther graduated from Madrid High School then attended the University of Iowa and the University of Colorado in Boulder. She taught in rural and consolidated schools in Boone County until serving as Deputy County Superintendent of Schools for the ninety-nine country schools in Boone County.

On December 9, 1943, she married Dr. Frank F. Sunstrom, a Boone native. Following their marriage, they lived three years in the Oceanside, California area during Frank’s tour of duty as a Naval dentist. Following World War II, they returned to Boone where Dr. Sunstrom practiced dentistry for the next 42 years. They raised two children, Lynn and Jon.

Esther served on the Women’s Auxiliary to the Iowa State Dental Association for six years, serving in all offices and finally as state president. She also served as International Chairman of Dental Health and on the Council for the Madrid Home.

A member of the Augustana Lutheran Church, Esther was active in guild work and Sewing Club. A life long learner, Esther was a sixty-one year member of Chapter DD, P.E.O., a member of Lowell Study Club and Nathan Boone Questers, and served as a guide at the Mamie Eisenhower Birthplace. An avid reader, she also loved to knit, play bridge, golf, follow the Iowa Hawkeyes, and travel with her husband. She most enjoyed spending time with her family, especially at their cabin in Minnesota.

Preceding Esther into eternal life are her parents, Oscar and Ellen Goodman; her brother, Otto (Mary) Goodman; sister Anna (Tali) Jones and twin sister Edith (John) Turner.

She is survived by her husband Frank Sunstrom; daughter and son-in-law, Lynn and John Johnson of Boone; son and daughter-in-law Dr. Jon and Deborah Sunstrom of Boone; grandchildren Jeff Johnson of Seattle, Washington, Joe Johnson of Boone, Anna Sunstrom and Wil Sunstrom both of Boone; great-granddaughter, Dory; nephew J.D. Turner of Savannah, Georgia and niece Audrey Mills of Grinnell.

Services will be held on Wednesday afternoon, October 7th at 1:00 p.m. at the Evangelical Free Church Home Chapel in Boone with Pastor Dick Dahle officiating.

Interment will be in the Linwood Park Cemetery in Boone.

Friends may call at the Stark-Welin Chapel on Tuesday evening from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m., with the family present from 5:30 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. to greet friends and again on Wednesday morning from 8:00 a.m. until 10:00 a.m. when the casket will be taken to the Evangelical Free Church Home Chapel where visitations will continue from 10:30 a.m. until the time of service.

Those wishing to express their sympathies through a memorial may direct their gift to the Augustana Lutheran Church; American Cancer Society; or P.E.O. Foundation, P.E.O. Executive Office, 1700 Grand Avenue, Des Moines, Iowa 50312-2899.



  
 

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