Elda Ruth Koester, 87, of Olathe, Kan, formerly of Marshall, died Friday, Dec. 10, 2010, at Aberdeen Village in Olathe, Kan.
Funeral services will be held at 2:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 17, 2010, at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church in Marshall, with Rev. Douglas A. Dubisar officiating. Visitation will be held from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Friday at the church. Burial will be in Ridge Park Cemetery in Marshall. Honorary pallbearers will be the Lutheran Women's Missionary League. Memorials may be made to Our Redeemer Lutheran Church or Alzheimer's Association in care of Campbell-Lewis Funeral Home in Marshall. Friends may sign the online register book at www.campbell-lewis.com or condolences may be sent to C.J. Koester, 17500 W. 119th St., Olathe, KS 66061.
Born Sept. 7, 1923, in Stover, she was the daughter of the late Herman Albers and Helena Fischer Albers. On Aug. 3, 1947, she married Cornelius J. Koester who survives. She was a graduate of Central Missouri State University in Warrensburg, MO. She was a World War II veteran, serving in the United States Coast Guard for two years in New York and Florida. She was a teacher in the Sweet Springs Public Schools for 12 years and in the Marshall Public Schools for 18 years, retiring in 1984. She was a member of National Education Association, Missouri State Teachers Association, Missouri Retired Teachers Association and Saline County Area Retired Teachers Association. She was a member of Our Redeemer Lutheran Church, sang in the choir, participated in the bell choir and served in Lutheran Womens Missionary League, Women of the World study group, voters assembly group secretary, director of youth activities and taught weekday and Sunday school. She was a member of the American Field Service committee for 20 years and a host parent to an American Field Service student from Malaysia for one year.
In addition to her husband, she is survived by one daughter, Diane Koester and her husband, Ken Larson, of Aurora, N.Y.; one son, Steven Koester and his wife, Donna, of Gardner, Kan.; four grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; one sister-in-law, Ella Ruth Albers, of Boonville; and several nieces and nephews.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by two brothers, Orva Albers and Harold Albers.
Additional information provided per family recompense.