Monday, December 10, 2018

Harriet Jester, 81, Dodge Center

Harriet Jester of Dodge Center passed away peacefully at Fairview Care Center on Jan. 27, 2017.

Harriet was born on Jan. 28, 1935 in Rochester, Minn., the daughter of Lester and Luella.  She grew up on a farm in Olmsted County where she met Theodore Singfiel. They were married and raised six children, farming until 1968.  They moved to Mississippi for a couple of years and then to Kasson.  

Harriet loved to fish, ice fish, travel, play cards, listen to music and sing.  She upholstered furniture, was known for her knitting, crocheting, sewing and crafting. She had a “green thumb” when it came to her vegetable and flower gardens.  Harriet could bake and cook with the best of them.

She moved to Montana where she met and married Bill Jester. They lived there for 20 years and returned to Kasson in 1995. They loved to fly with friends and travel. Bill passed away in 2001 from cancer and has been deeply missed.

Survivors include three daughters, Beverly (Arlin) Johnson of Kasson, Bonnie Longmire of Rochester, and Carol (John) Allen of Mantorville; three sons, Scott (Pam), and Daniel (Robyn), both of Mantorville, and John of Rochester; stepsons Tom (Deanna), Wally (Gail), and Lloyd (Connie) Jester; and stepdaughter Mariann (Tom) all of Montana. She is also survived by four sisters, Phyllis Jensen and Shirley Mahon of Missouri, Marlene (Dan) Fenske of Kellogg, and Lois (Bob) Braaten of Byron; and brother Duane (Beverly) of Florida.

Harriet will also be missed by her 19 grandchildren, 24 great-grandchildren, seven  great-great grandchildren and many nieces, nephews and friends.

Harriet was preceded in death by her brother Bruce, parents, husband, and stepson, Bob Jester.

The funeral service for Harriet will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, May 22 at the First Congregational Church, 515 Walnut Street, Mantorville, with Pastor Brian Egelston officiating.  

Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church. Inurnment will take place at Evergreen Cemetery, Mantorville, at a later date.

Dibble Funeral Home & Cremation Services – Kasson is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be shared at  

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Steele County Times & DCI

Steele County Times
411 E. Main St.
P.O. Box 247
Blooming Prairie, MN 55917

Dodge County Independent
121 West Main St.
Kasson, MN 55944

Dodge County Printing
121 West Main St.
Kasson, MN 55944


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