Esther M. Theiss, 72, of Fort Dodge, IA died Monday, September 1, 2014 at the Fort Dodge Villa Care Center. Funeral services will be 10:30 AM Friday, September 5, 2014 at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Fort Dodge with the Rev. Nathan Peitsch officiating. Burial will be in Newark Township Cemetery at Vincent, IA. Visitation will be from 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM Thursday at Gunderson Funeral Home and Cremation Services in Fort Dodge and prior to the service on Friday at the church.

Esther was born on August 9, 1942 in Fort Dodge, the daughter of Alvin H. Theiss and Alta V. (Christopher) Theiss. She was baptized on August 22, 1942 and immediately left with her mother by train to be introduced to her father who was stationed in the Army in Louisiana. After her father’s discharge the family moved to a farm north of Fort Dodge, and in 1947 moved to the family farm at Duncombe, IA. Esther attended the Duncombe Public School through her sophomore year when she transferred to Fort Dodge Senior High, graduating with the Class of 1960. Upon graduation, Esther worked in business offices of Ackerman Improvement & Supply, Federal Land Bank Association of Fort Dodge, and St. Paul Lutheran Church.

Esther is survived by one brother, Allen A. Theiss of Fort Dodge, and numerous cousins. She was preceded in death by her parents.

Esther was a lifelong, active member of St. Paul Lutheran Church. She was a youth leader, very involved with the Lutheran Women’s Missionary League, and served on many of the church boards and committees.

Memorials may be given to the St. Paul Lutheran Church Building Fund.