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Esther O. Tibke

Esther O. Tibke, age 93, of Watertown, SD, passed away on Wednesday, December 23, 2015. Memorial services will be 11 AM, Wednesday, December 30, 2015 at Lutheran Church of Our Redeemer in Watertown.

She was the daughter of Danish immigrants, Andrew and Petrine (Gronkjar) Pedersen, and was born February 7, 1922 on a farm near Lake Norden, South Dakota, and then moved to Bryant.

Esther graduated as valedictorian from Bryant High School in 1939. Encouraged by her father to continue her education, she received her two year Educational Certificate from Dakota Wesleyan University in 1941.

After additional education and training at Washington University in St. Louis, MO, she taught Morse Code and Communication Procedure at the Sioux Falls Air Base. She married Howard Tibke in 1943 in Portland, Oregon.

Moving back to South Dakota, Esther began her teaching career of 38 years. She taught at Dixon #3, Ramona, Lake Norden, Bryant and Watertown.

Esther is survived by her son, Richard (Cheryl) of Bluffton, SC, and daughter, Penny (Dr. Barry) Platnick of Broomfield, CO; four grandchildren, Jill Steine (Nick), Dane Tibke (Amy), Jason Tibke, and Carson Platnick; two great-granddaughters, Natalie Steine and Ava Tibke; one brother, Duane Pedersen of Dakota Dunes, SD; sisters-in-law, Myrt Pedersen of Albuquerque, NM, and Carmen Smith of Sacramento, CA; brothers-in-law, Roger Tibke of Sioux Falls, Alan and Carter Tibke of Sacramento, CA, and Jerry Tibke (Mary Jean) of Idaho.

Her husband, parents, and three brothers, Arne, Robert, and Edgar preceded her in death.

Arrangements by Wight & Comes Funeral Chapel, www.wightandcomes.com.




Published in The Argus Leader on Dec. 28, 2015
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