Corsica – Esther Ligtenberg, 94, died on Sunday, September 21, 2008 at the Pleasant View Good Samaritan Center, Corsica. Funeral service will be Thursday, September 25, 2008 at 10:30 AM at Grace Reformed Church, Corsica with burial following in Graceland Cemetery, Corsica. Visitation will be Wednesday, September 24, 2008 from 5 – 8 PM at Koehn Bros. Funeral Chapel in Corsica with a prayer service at 7:30 PM.
Esther Ligtenberg was born on January 26, 1914 to John and Jennie (DeVries) Bobeldyk in Douglas County, SD. She attended country school in Douglas County. One November 18, 1937, Esther married Henry Ligtenberg in Douglas County. They farmed until 1964 when they bought Smitty's Drive Inn in Armour, SD. The operated Smitty's Drive Inn until 1974. They moved to Corsica, SD in 1986. Henry died on February 3, 1990. Esther was a member of Grace Reformed Church in Corsica. She enjoyed sewing, quilting, cooking, and baking. On March 10, 2006 she moved to the Pleasant View Good Samaritan Center in Corsica, where she died on September 21, 2008 at the age of 94.
She is survived by three children: Yvonne Jean Bindert and husband, Kenny of Armour, SD; Dona Mae Bamberg and husband, Louis of Corsica, SD; and Leon Arlo Ligtenberg of Wagner, SD; two sisters: Marie Noteboom and LuVerne Star and husband, Vernon both of Corsica, SD; 6 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren, and 4 step-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Henry, son-in-law, Lyle Storm, and granddaughter, Wynette.
Officiating - Rev. Jerry Buwalda
Music - Barbara Noteboom, organist
Casket Bearers - Troy Bamberg, Tim Tilberg, Vince Storm, Richard Horn, Darwin Ligtenberg, Layne Schryvers
Interment - Graceland Cemetery, Corsica, South Dakota