Esther M. Berry, age 89, passed away on Friday, Oct. 19, at Cambridge Medical Center, Cambridge, Minn. A funeral service will be held Thursday, Oct. 25, beginning at 1 p.m. at United Methodist Church, Richville, Minn. Visitation will be held Wednesday, Oct. 24, from 5 – 7 p.m. at Schoeneberger Funeral Home, Perham, Minn. Burial will take place at Inman Cemetery, Henning, Minn.
Esther was born on a farm near Deer Creek, Minn., on Nov. 12, 1922, the only child to Erick and Martha (Eaton) Edholm. Her parents knew, at a very young age, that Esther was going to be a teacher just like her mother. After graduating from Deer Creek High School, Esther pursued her career of being a teacher. She began teaching school in 1941 in one and two- room schoolhouses in the Deer Creek area. She also taught all eight grades at Finland one-room school, which later became a two-room school. In 1958 Finland opened their new school and she became principal and teacher.
Esther married Stanley Berry on Jan. 22, 1944. They had one son, Eddy. When Esther and Stan retired they returned to the Richville area until she moved to Cambridge Assisted Living in Apr. 2010 to be near Eddy and his wife Diane. In July, 2011, she moved to the Cambridge Nursing Home.
Esther enjoyed gardening, painting, cake decorating, quilting, knitting, and many other crafts. She was active in 4-H in her young years and was a 4-H leader when in Finland. She was always very active in her church and enjoyed doing what she could do for the church and community.
She is survived by her son Eddy (Diane) Berry of East Bethel, Minn.
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