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.