I remember Esther especially for the times we met with LWML activities or rallies.  She was a classy lady and lived the motto that “there is a place for everything and everything in its place”.

She was a home economics major in school and taught it.  Interesting for me is that the Greek word for home is also the root word for economy and morphs into our word for stewardship.  It also is used to talk about the “economy” or plan of God to save the world through the suffering and death of Jesus.  So Esther was a householder, a home maker, an economist who by virtue of her baptism fit her plans into God’s plans to save her and give her life.  She  stewarded her career and family in such a way as to witness to God’s gracious plan.  “A place for everything and everything in its place”, is not just a good motto, it’s good theology.  God has His place and we have ours in the economy of His Grace.  Esther knew that and now she is in the new home that God prepared for her before the foundation of the world in Jesus Christ her Savior

Esther Augustin, age 95 of Crystal, ND passed away Monday, February 17, 2014 at the Lutheran Sunset Home of Grafton.

Esther Emma, the daughter of Otto “O.C” and Minnie (Wilhelmina Dencker) Schulz was born November 4, 1918 in Lodema Township in Pembina County, North Dakota.  She grew up on the Schulz farm in rural Crystal and graduated from Crystal Public School.  She then attended North Dakota Agricultural College in Fargo, where she became a member of the Phi Mu Fraternity and earned a degree in Home Economics.  She taught Home Economics and Science at Crystal Public School until her marriage to Milton Augustin on October 16, 1948.  They were married forty-four years during which they lived and farmed in Elora Township.

Esther was a life-long member of St. John’s Lutheran Church of rural Crystal, baptized, confirmed, married and interred at St. John’s.  She was a Sunday school teacher and an active member of the Lutheran Women’s Mission League.  She was active in the community as a member of the Friendly Homemaker’s club, the American Legion Auxiliary and as a 4-H leader.  Esther’s interests and hobbies included:  china painting, drawing, water color painting, crocheting, knitting, baking bread, reading and traveling.  Esther and Milton enjoyed spending winters in Harlingen, Texas.  She made her home in Devils Lake, North Dakota after Milton’s death and later moved to the Lutheran Sunset Home in Grafton, North Dakota

Funeral services will be Saturday, February 22, 2014 at 11:00 A.M. at the St. John’s Lutheran Church of Crystal, ND.  Visitation will be Friday from 5-7:00 P.M. with a prayer service at 7:00 P.M. at the Tollefson Funeral Home of Grafton.  Friends may call at the church on Saturday for one hour prior to the service.  Interment will be at the St. John’s Lutheran Cemetery, Crystal