Esther Luedecke was born in the Cleveland Community between Cat Spring and Sealy on Dec. 21, 1927, the daughter of Edmund and Lodima Wittenburg Reibenstein, and passed away on Oct. 20, 2019, at the age of 91. She attended school in Cleveland, Cat Spring and graduated from Sealy High School in 1945. She was baptized and confirmed on Dec. 13, 1948, at St. John Lutheran Church in Bellville. On June 25, 1947, she married Hilton Luedecke in Bellville and they made their home on property in Cat Spring where she lived until 2019. They had one daughter, Brenda, who with her husband T.J. resides on the same property for which the 100 Year Family Land Heritage certificate was received in 2012. This certificate was also received for the property in the Cleveland community where Esther grew up.
Esther was a faithful member of St. John Lutheran Church in Cat Spring for over 60 years and a member of WELCA, St. John Quilters, Altar Guild and organized food for church member’s funerals for many years. She spent many years volunteering at the Cat Spring Ag Hall functions where she and Hilton were members.
After a week of hard work, they spent nearly every Saturday night dancing at one of the local dance halls. She was also a member of the Cat Spring VFD Ladies Auxiliary. Following in her mother’s footsteps she was an excellent cook and baker, especially her German chocolate cakes and molasses cookies. She loved to garden, can the vegetables, and grow flowers in her yard.
Esther is preceded in death by her parents, Edmund and Lodima, husband, Hilton, brother, Leslie Reibenstein, sister, Mildred Hillboldt, brother-in-law, Leroy Hillboldt, and all eight of Hilton’s brothers and sisters.
She is survived by daughter Brenda and husband T.J. Menke, sister Delores Dittert and husband Clarence, sister-in-law Bernice Reibenstein, and numerous nieces and nephews.
Memorials may be given to St. John Lutheran Church, Cat Spring, Cat Spring Ag Society Scholarship Fund, Cat Spring VFD or charity of choice.