Esther Joan Van Hise

1913 - 2013


In Loving Memory

Esther Joan Van Hise

June 15, 1913 – May 22, 2013

Esther Joan Van Hise died peacefully in her sleep

among family in Angwin, CA on May 22, 2013. One of five

children, she was born June 15, 1913, in North Dakota,

to Johannes and Bertha (Kahler) Wagner, German

immigrants to North Dakota from Russia.

By tradition, these immigrants were farmers, and

Esther grew up on the family farm near McClusky, ND.

Although her father died when she was but a few years

old, the family managed to survive and thrive in spite of

the harsh conditions only the Dakotas can deliver.

It was some years later, while living in California,

that she met Lowell M. Van Hise, the love of her life. The

couple was married in Tracy, CA on June 28, 1935. They

moved to Goodrich, ND in 1943 and spent the next 12

years building up their family farm where Lowell was also

an active leader in that farming community including the

Seventh-day Adventist Church.

In 1955 the couple moved to College Place, WA where

Lowell died in 1991, leaving Esther to carry on the family

tradition of generosity and hospitality. In 2012, as Esther’s

health began to decline, she moved to Angwin, CA to be

near her eldest son.

Survivors include two sons and one daughter-in-law,

James and Lassia Van Hise of Angwin, CA; and Phil Van

Hise of Boring, OR; an elder sister Lillian Hirschkorn of

Fessenden, ND; a former daughter-in-law Diane Van Hise

of Woodland, OR; three grandchildren, Milton L. Van

Hise of Snohomish, WA; Audrey M. (Van Hise) Payne of

Lodi, CA; and Michelle Van Hise of Woodland, OR; and

five great grandchildren.

Esther’s life was a life well lived. She will be

remembered for her kindness, generosity and hospitality.

A life-long Seventh-day Adventist, Esther awaits the call

of her Maker.

The family requests instead of flowers, donations are

made to Blue Mountain Television through Mountain

View-Colonial DeWitt, 1551 Dalles Military Road, Walla

Walla, Washington. Family and friends may pay their

respects from 9 am to noon on Friday, May 31, 2013, at the

funeral home, followed by a graveside service at 1:00 p.m.

at Mount Hope Cemetery in College Place with Pastor

Roger Johnson officiating.


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