Esther E. Claseman


February 12, 1930 - November 12, 2007



Esther Claseman, 77, Mitchell, died Monday, November 12, 2007 at Avera Queen of Peace Hospital in Mitchell. Funeral services will be Wednesday, November 14, 2007, 10:30 AM at Holy Spirit Catholic Church in Mitchell. Burial will be in Servicemen’s Memorial Cemetery in Mitchell. Visitation will be from 6-8PM Tuesday evening with a Scripture/Rosary Service at 7:00PM at Holy Spirit Catholic Church. Arrangements are under the direction of the Bittner Funeral Chapel.


Esther Eleanor Claseman was born February 12, 1930 at her home in Davison County, SD to William and Mary (Grosz) Puetz. She graduated from Ethan High School in 1948, attended Notre Dame Junior College and graduated from Dakota Wesleyan University in 1971 with an elementary teaching degree. On August 17, 1950 she married Arnold Claseman at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Ethan, SD. For 23 years she taught rural schools in Hutchinson, Douglas and Davison County and for 23 years taught at the Mount Vernon Public School System. While at Mount Vernon she was the publisher of the school newspaper, yearbook, cheerleader advisor, and was Mount Vernon, Teacher Of The Year. She enjoyed sports, playing softball and the Mitchell bowling league. She was a member of Holy Spirit Catholic Church, VFW Ladies Auxiliary, Women of the Moose, Mitchell Area Retired Teachers Association, SDEA, Catholic Daughters and the Honored Educators of South Dakota.


She is survived by one son, Jerry (Janet) Claseman, Mitchell, SD, one grandaughter Jennifer (Jason) Duscher, Sioux Falls, SD, one great grandson, Jayden Duscher, who referred to Esther as “White GG”, four brothers: Clarence Puetz, Mitchell, SD; Clyde (Addie) Puetz, Ethan, SD; George (Mavis) Puetz, Ethan, SD; Bert (Delores) Puetz, Sioux Falls, SD; two sisters: Devonia Oster, Mitchell, SD and Berniece (Fran) Feiner, Ethan, SD. She was preceded in death by her husband Arnold in 1987, one great grandaughter, Jalyssa Duscher in 1998, two sisters, Barbara Bowar, Genivieve Haupt, one brother Harold Puetz, three brothers-in law: Tony Oster, Herb Haupt, Rol and Bowar, one sister-in-law, Josephine Puetz and her parents.


Tuesday, November 13, 2007
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Holy Spirit Catholic Church, Mitchell, SD

Scripture/Rosary Service at 7:00 PM


Wednesday, November 14, 2007
10:40 AM
Holy Spirit Catholic Church, Mitchell, SD


Servicemen's Memorial Cemetery,
Mitchell, SD

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