Esther Wrona, 86

Esther Hazel Wrona, 86, received her angel wings on Dec. 14, 2017 in her home in Prineville, Ore., with family by her side. A service remembering her life was held Tuesday, Dec. 19, 2017 at First Baptist Church in Prineville, with internment in the Juniper Ridge Cemetery.
Esther was born Oct. 10, 1931 at the family farm house in Livona, N.D. She was the sixth of Jake and Elizabeth (Steiger) Himmerich’s children, and attended Emmons County Schools. She married Alvin DeBoer in 1949, and had two sons, Terry and Craig.
She later moved to Seattle, Wash., where she met John Wrona. They married in 1954 and settled in Bismarck, N.D., where they had a daughter, Carol. Esther worked at various retail businesses including JC Penney. She moved to Deadwood in 1976 to live near family
In 1987, she moved to Germany to live with her son, Terry and his family, where they ran a guesthouse and frequently hosted soccer players and U.S. military members stationed nearby. During this time, she travelled throughout Europe and even wrote her name on the Berlin Wall.
In 1992, she moved to Prineville to be near family, where she found the First Baptist Church. She was an active member and particularly cherished her friends made through her XYZ Bible Study group and their many events, travels, and fellowship.
Esther was an avid crafter and baker. Projects included painting dishtowels and creating beautiful quilts for family and friends.
Christmas was always a special season to her and she loved decorating, baking and hosting Christmas morning breakfast for her family. She looked forward to the Christmas bazaar hosted by her senior community, and was famous for her fudge, banana bread and cinnamon rolls.
Esther was preceded in death by her son, Terry; sisters, Babe and Edna; brother Elmer; and her parents.
She is survived by her son, Craig (Jackie) DeBoer, Prineville; daughter, Carol (John) McGrath, Brandon; grandchildren, Rebecca (Kevin) Frisbee, Burke DeBoer, Chase, Danielle, Chaz, and Chandler McGrath; and great-grandchildren, Elizabeth McCoy and Terry Frisbee; sisters, Viola Langley, Alice Wallery, Polly (Donald) Schantz; and brother, Herb (Delores) Himmerich.
Her family thanks the staff at Regency Village Assisted Living Center for their love and care over the last several years.

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