Esther Dawson

October 18, 2018

obit esther dawsonJan. 22, 1924 – Oct. 2, 2018

After 94 years of spread­ing joy and laughter, Es­ther Alice Ruttum Dawson passed into eternal life on Oct. 2. A Celebration of Life Service for Esther will be held at 11 a.m. Nov. 10 at North Community Lu­theran Church, 114 Morse Road, Columbus, Ohio.
The middle child of seven, Esther was born to Anton and Elsie (Shewell) Ruttum in 1924 on a prai­rie farm near Astoria, South Dakota. In 1947, Esther met the love of her life, J. Walter Dawson. They shared 56 wonderful years together before his death in 2003. Her broth­ers and sisters— Irene Orrick, Audrey Nelson, Talwin, Wayne, and Rich­ard Ruttum, and Sharon Filholm, also preceded Esther in death.
Esther and Walt met in Washington, DC, and mar­ried on April 12, 1947 at Luther Place Memorial Church. Shortly after, Es­ther and Walt moved to Walt’s hometown of Roch­ester, New York, so Walt could work at Kodak. Walt and Esther were active members of Resurrection Lutheran Church. Esther gave her time generously to volunteer activities at church, in the community and especially at the Al Sigl Center in Rochester, where she was a Volunteer of the Year. They traveled taking their family camp­ing across the U.S. making sure their children knew their grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins.
Esther relished win­ning at bridge, bowling and golf. She cherished her Norwegian heritage and Astoria, South Dakota roots. “Uff da!” she’d often exclaim. When Walt re­tired in 1977, they moved “home” to Esther’s be­loved prairie and built an A-frame house on the lake just a few miles from As­toria in Hendricks. Esther loved reconnecting with her South Dakota family and friends, especially her sister Sharon, Doug and their children. She moved her active lifestyle with her, singing in the choir, volunteering through Christ Lutheran Church, winning golf tourna­ments, and playing cards. Her final resting place will be beside her beloved Walt in the cemetery at Singsaas Lutheran Church near her birthplace.
For 20 years Esther and Walt split their time be­tween summers in Hen­dricks and winters in St. Augustine, Florida.
In 1997, Esther and Walt made their last move, to be near their children liv­ing in Columbus, Ohio. The people and activities of North Community Luther­an Church became a vital part of their life there. Es­ther sang, bowled, played bridge and golfed into her late 80s. Her sense of hu­mor never took a break.
Esther is survived by brother-in-law Doug Fil­holm, brother-in-law Richard Dawson (Susie) and sister-in-law Ginny Chesonis (Phil); children and spouses Jan Patton (Bob), Karen Haag (Rich), Tom Dawson, Mary May (Tom), and Bill Dawson (Diane); eigiht grandchil­dren and five great-grand­children; and 29 nieces and nephews.
Donations in Esther’s memory can be made to the Alzheimer’s Associa­tion of Central Ohio
www.alz.org/centralo­hio and Capital City Hos­pice www.capitalcityhos­pice.com.

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