Hester Baier

DURAND, Wis. (WKBT) — Hester L. Baier, 96, went to be with her Lord on January 10, 2021.

Hester L Baier (2)Hester, the daughter of Victor L. and Muriel (Throne) Soden, was born in the town of Canton, Buffalo County, Wis. She attended grade school on the Maxville Bluff. It was an uphill walk, but only one way. She graduated from Durand High School in 1942 and then was a secretary for Ed Patterson, a lawyer in Durand. On May 7, 1946, she married love of her life, Wayne Baier, at St. Henry’s Catholic Church in Eau Galle. They farmed and lived in Eau Galle the rest of their lives. She enjoyed the outdoors, her lawn, garden and flowers. She also loved to cook big family meals. Hester was also very proud of her Irish ancestry. A lifetime member of the St. Henry’s Parish and a member of the Rosary and Altar Society.

Hester is survived by her children, Dorothy (Pete) Lehmann of Elmwood, Roger (fiancé Judy Hutter) of Eau Galle, Dennis (Beth) of Monrovia, CA, and Pat (Ruth) of Mt. Horeb; 12 grandchildren; 24 great grandchildren, and three great-great-grandchildren.

Hester was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Wayne; her daughter-in-law, Orpha Baier; three sisters, Mary Fredrickson, Lauren Wekkin and Dorothy Soden, and four brothers, John, Robert, Pat and Victor Jr.

She loved her family dearly. May she rest in peace.

A private funeral Mass will be held.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to the charity of your choice in Hester’s name.

Rhiel Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Durand, is serving the family.