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Hester L Baier

Hester L Baier

Hester L. Baier

Hester went to be with her Lord on January 10, 2021. She was 96 years old.

Hester was the daughter of Victor L. and Muriel (Throne) Soden. She was born in the town of Canton, Buffalo County, Wisconsin. She attended grade school on the Maxville Bluff. It was an uphill walk, but only one way. She graduated Durand High School in 1942 and then was a secretary for Ed Patterson a lawyer in Durand. On May 7, 1946 she married love of her life Wayne Baier St. Henry’s Catholic Church in Eau Galle. They farmed and lived in Eau Galle the rest of their lives. She enjoyed the outdoors, her lawn, garden and flowers. She also loved to cook big family meals. Hester was also very proud of her Irish Ancestry. A lifetime member of the St. Henry’s Parish and a member of the Rosary, Alter Society.

Hester is survived by her children Dorothy (Pete) Lehmann of Elmwood, Roger (fiancé Judy Hutter) of Eau Galle. Dennis (Beth) of Monrovia, CA, Pat (Ruth) of Mt. Horeb. 12 grandchildren, 24 great grandchildren and 3 great great grandchildren.

Hester was preceded in death by her parents, husband Wayne, her daughter-in-law Orpha Baier, 3 sisters, Mary Fredrickson, Lauren Wekkin, Dorothy Soden. 4 brothers, John, Robert, Pat and Victor, Jr.

She loved her family dearly. May she rest in peace. 

Private Funeral Mass will be held.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to the charity of your choice in Hester’s name.

Rhiel Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Durand, is serving the family.


  1. Doshie (Bauer) Grey

    My Sympathy's on the loss of a Great Lady. I have many fond memories of being at your house and my friendship with Dorothy. Hope all the good memories will bring you peace in the coming weeks.

  2. Julie Hoffman

    So sorry to hear about your mother. May she rest in God’s loving arms.
    Julie and Tim Hoffman

  3. Jenni Shafer

    My deepest sympathy and prayers to the family. I always enjoyed visits with Aunt Hester and Uncle Wayne. I will miss her.

  4. Kim and Lynette Wagenbach

    You are in our thoughts and prayers. May Hester rest in peace.

  5. Marie Kreutzer

    A very dear and sweet lady. I have many memories of attending State Holstein Conventions that she and Wayne attended. She always had a twinkle in her eyes and a smile on her face. She is now one of the angels watching over us. May family find peace in their hearts.jxwu

  6. Carol & John Buhlman

    Praying for God’s love to all those left behind. Hester has left behind a wonderful legacy of Faith.

    Carol and John Buhlman

  7. Bill Shafer

    I was very sad to learn of the passing of my dear Aunt Hester. I wish to offer my deepest condolences to my cousins and their families on the loss of a loved one. I have very fond memories of the many family gather that were held at the farm. She was such a great host and made everyone feel welcome. I also enjoyed the conversations that I had with her during my visits over the past few years catching out on all the family news. May she rest in peace reunited with the Lord and her husband she loved so much.

  8. Larry and Carol Bauer Prissel

    The Family have our Sympathy . She was a Great Lady.
    We enjoyed talking to her.

  9. Jack & Donna Barber

    So sorry for your loss~ Deepest Sympathy with prayers at this most difficult time !

  10. Joe Shafer

    I extend my heartfelt condolences to my cousins and their families for the loss of a loved one. Aunt Hester was a gracious and nurturing person. Her holiday meals were memorable. Any woman who had three sons and then would host two more during “farm visits” was either superwoman or a little nuts. May she rest In peace, united again with her beloved husband.

  11. Kathy Hutter-Messier

    Sending our deepest sympathy . Scott and Kathy Hutter-Messier

  12. Loret

    Sorry for your loss.

  13. Dorothy Shannon

    She was a very friendly person always a smile for you, ,will be missed by everyone Dorothy

  14. marge binkowski

    Sorry for your loss. We always saw her shopping at Walmart with either you or Roger. Always had a wonderful smile. Sincere sympathy. Marge and Tony

  15. Joe and Jan Drier

    Sending our Sympathy to the Family!

  16. Gary & Rosey Asher

    Sending our sympathy. We will miss Hester, but know she is happy and where she wanted to be.

  17. Nick and Sue Sperger

    We are so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time.

  18. Judy Anderson(Brenner)

    Sending my sympathy and prayers for your family. I always enjoyed visiting with her when I would be at St. Henry’s for Mass.

  19. Missy (Soden) Harper-Boyd

    So sorry for your loss. She is at peace now with your dad and others.

  20. Carol soden

    Sad she has moved on...happy that she is where she wants to be. A wonderful aunt and I will miss her.

  21. Donna Schober

    Condolences and prayers to the family.

  22. Larry Sinz

    What a wonderful lady. I knew her my entire life. She will be greatly missed. You have our deepest sympathy.

  23. Barbara Meixner

    So sorry for your loss. Prayers being sent to the family.8

  24. pamela baier

    Our sympathies to the family of Hester Baier. She was always so pleasant and caring when we would see each other. Blessings to all!!!

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