Esther Frances Schuett(1915 - 2012)

Esther Frances Schuett March 24, 1915 - September 28, 2012 Esther Schuett, 97, passed away peacefully on September 28, 2012, in Portland, Oregon. She was a longtime resident of Bakersfield, California. Because of health issues, she moved to Portland, Oregon near her daughter Kathy at age 89, where she resided in an adult care home until her death. Born Esther Frances Wold to Hans and Bertha Wold in Bovee, South Dakota on March 24, 1915, she was one of five children of whom she was the last survivor. The family moved to California in 1926 where she graduated from Montebello High School in 1933 as class valedictorian. Also in Montebello in 1944 she was married to Donald Schuett, who predeceased her (September 2011). They raised their family of four in Bakersfield, where she worked many years for her brother-in-law, Norman Larson, at Larson's Dairyland and was an active member of St John's Lutheran Church and Sons of Norway. A deep faith sustained her gentle spirit and good heart. She was able to see the good in everyone. She was kind and generous and had a wry sense of humor. She loved to remember her happy days camping in Yosemite; Christmas, going on picnics, seeing trees and flowers, and spending time with family and hearing from them. She especially enjoyed browsing antique and thrift stores looking for bargains, and claimed "there is nothing more fun than a yard sale." Esther leaves behind her daughter, Kathryn Thornton (Les) of Ridgefield, WA; daughter, Virginia Schuett (Richard Kronmal), daughter, Linda Sweeney of Santa Maria, CA; son, Stephen Schuett (Karen) of Bakersfield, CA; granddaughters Elaine Beauvais, Katy Sweeney, and Maran Telerman; grandsons J.B. Beauvais (Gina), Charles Beauvais (Renee) and Jeffrey Sweeney; and great granddaughter Isadora Beauvais. Her family was the light and center of her life and they will miss her dearly. The family is grateful for the staff at Providence Elder Place, the friends that she met at the day center, the sweet ladies she lived with, and especially the loving couple who cared for her and helped make her final years enjoyable. A family celebration picnic was held September 30 at Peninsula Park in Portland. A memorial service will be held October 18 at Elder Place in Portland. A private interment will be held at a later date in Bakersfield. For those who wish, remembrances may be made to the Arbor Day Foundation, the Friends of Trees (friendsoftrees.org/gifttrees) or in her memory you may plant a tree wherever you wish. www.bakersfield.com/obits

Published in Bakersfield Californian on Oct. 7, 2012