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Esther Kjos Feb. 24, 1914 - May 26, 2009

WILLMAR -- Esther Kjos, 95, of Willmar, formerly of Brooten, died Tuesday at Rice Care Center in Willmar.

The service will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Sunburg Free Lutheran Church. Burial will be at Our Savior's Lutheran Cemetery in Brooten.

Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. today at Sunburg Funeral Home and for one hour prior to the service at the church.

She was born Feb. 24, 1914, in Pope County to Olaus and Caroline (Erickson) Medalen. She grew up near Brooten and attended District 56 School.

She married Reuben Wiig on Dec. 6, 1930. They lived in the Sunburg area. Following Rebuen's death in 1935, she moved back to the Brooten area.

She married Arnold Kjos on Oct. 14, 1939. They lived in the Brooten area and, in 1985, moved to Willmar. Over the years, she worked at the Swift Falls Creamery and wrote various news articles for local newspapers and the Willmar Tribune. She was a past member of Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Brooten and The Joyful Messengers singing group. She attended the Maranatha Church in Willmar.

She is survived by four children: Hanley Wiig of Columbia Heights, Fred (and Faye) Kjos of Green Valley, Ariz., Colleen (and Bruce) Peterson of rural Brooten and Carl (and Barbara Jean) Kjos of Willmar; six grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by both husbands and 10 siblings.