In loving memory of
About Esther Villa...Esther Villa was born on November 16, 1910, in Springfield Township to Oscar and Lena (Bondhus) Thompson. She was baptized and confirmed at the Amo Lutheran Church. Esther received her education from the Storden Public School and went to Normal College in Windom.
On June 30, 1935, Esther was united in marriage to Joseph Villa in Westbrook. This marriage was blessed with two children, Jim and Karen. Prior to marriage, Esther taught country school in the Storden area. After marriage, she worked for many years as a clerk at the Storden grocery store, and helped her husband, Joe Villa, run the Storden Locker. For 14 years, Esther ran the Eat Shoppe in downtown Storden where she enjoyed serving the people in the area. After retiring from the restaurant, Esther continued living in Storden. She moved into Mikkelsen Manor in Windom in January of 2000.
Esther was active in Circle and Ladies Aid at the Bethany Lutheran Church. She enjoyed activities at the Storden Senior Center, traveling (visiting almost every state in the Union), BINGO, and 500, but most of all, Esther enjoyed her time spent with her family, children, and grandchildren.
Esther passed away on October 11, 2008, at the Windom Area Hospital, with her family at her bedside, following a stroke on October 9, 2008.
She is survived by her two children, Jim Villa and his wife, JoAnn, of Lake Mills, Iowa, and Karen Iverson and her husband, Dale, of St. Louis Park; five grandchildren, Chris Iverson of Minneapolis, Corey Iverson and his wife, Sara, of White Bear Lake, Cindy Hobbs and her husband, Matt, of Hopkins, Ryan Villa and his wife, Jen, of Fairmont, and Rané Swenson and her husband, Brian, of Joice, IA; 10 great grandchildren; and 5 nieces.
Esther is preceded in death by her parents, Oscar and Lena Thompson; her husband, Joseph; two brothers, Ole and Ted; four sisters, Caroline, Hattie, Agnes, and Sadie; and 12 nieces and nephews.