Dorothy (Barr) Kester

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On Saturday, May 24, 2014, our family lost an angel, Dorothy (Barr) Kester, 92, of St. Charles,  surrounded by her family at Chosen Valley Care Center. 

Dorothy Eleanor Barr was born on Feb. 9, 1922, to Eugene and Eleanor (Ham) Barr in Winona.  She graduated from St. Charles High School in 1940 as salutatorian of her class and was known to her classmates as "candybar." Dorothy went to Normal School to be a teacher under Hatie Boyd.  She taught at the Ridgeway Country School for three years, and on June 24, 1942, she married Clifford Kester at the Episcopal Church in St. Charles. 

She and Clifford farmed for 15 years until they moved to town in 1957. Dorothy worked at First National Bank and retired after 27 years. After their retirement, Dorothy and Cliff traveled 47 of the 50 states with their camper. Dorothy also kept busy with baking, gardening, fishing, bowling, camping and square dancing with the Whitewater Whirlers or any kind of dancing, charter member of the Women of the Moose - serving as senior regent and going to Texas for the winter. Dorothy and Cliff were looking forward to their 72nd wedding anniversary in June.

She is survived by her husband of 71 years, Clifford; three daughters, Joyce Wurl of Plainview, Judy (Bernie, Sr.) Schott of St. Charles and Donna Schultz of St. Charles; eight grandchildren, Gary (Jennifer) Wurl of Houston Texas, Diana (Raymond) Moss of Plainfield, Ill., Bradley Wurl of Plainview, Kim (Tom) Steiger of St. Charles, Bernie Schott, Jr. of La Crescent, Ben (Angie) Schott of Winona, Jeremy (Angie) Schultz of Lake City and Jeff Schultz of Chatfield; 10 great-grandchildren; her sister-in-law, Deloris Barr, nieces, nephews and her dog, Rocky.

She was preceded in death by her parents; brother, Rex Barr; sister, Florence Cichanowski and son-in-law, Jesse Wurl.

Funeral service will be 11 a.m., Monday at Faith Lutheran Church in St. Charles with the Rev. Steve McGinley officiating. Burial will follow at Hillside Cemetery. 

Visitation will be from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday at Hoff Funeral & Cremation Service - St. Charles (U.S. 14 West) and one hour prior to the service at church. 

Please share a memory of Dorothy, sign her online guestbook and view her video tribute when it becomes available at

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Hoff Funeral Home Saint Charles Chapel
519 St. Martin Ave
Saint Charles, MN 55972
(507) 932-4100
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Published in The Post-Bulletin on May 29, 2014
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