Esther Satre, 1919-2018

Published 1:00 am Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Memorial services for Esther Bernice Satre, 99, of Albert Lea will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Bayview/Freeborn Funeral Home. A private family interment will be at Hillcrest Cemetery. Friends may greet the family one hour prior to the service at the funeral home Saturday. Online condolences are welcome at

Esther Satre

Bernice died Friday, Oct. 19, 2018, at St. John’s Lutheran Community.

Esther Bernice Satre was born Sept. 29, 1919, on the family farm in Eden Township, Winnebago County to Bernt “Ben” and Anna (Herem) Gullord. She was baptized and confirmed at Zion Lutheran Church in Rake, Iowa. Bernice attended rural school and Rake High School.

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On March 30, 1938, Bernice married Harvey P. Satre in Elmore. They moved to Albert Lea in 1939. Harvey died in 2006. Bernice worked part-time at Montgomery Ward for several years and went to work for Wallace’s in 1955.

She retired in 1985. Bernice was a member of First Lutheran Church, Mission Circle and the Eagles Auxiliary. She was a member of Naeve Hospital Auxiliary and a volunteer in the hospital gift shop.

Bernice was a fan of classic movies; she enjoyed reading novels, taking fishing trips in northern Minnesota with Harvey and playing bingo. In retirement, Bernice and Harvey liked to visit their family in Colorado and they spent several winter months in Arizona. The highlight of their travels was a trip to Europe — especially touring Norway.

Bernice moved into an assisted living apartment in Knutson Place at St. John’s Lutheran Community in Albert Lea in 2006 and spent the rest of her life at St. John’s.

Bernice is survived by a daughter, Marlene, and her husband, Aaron E. Parkhurst, of Greeley, Colorado; two grandchildren, Derek Parkhurst and his wife, Ruth, of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, and Nicole Phillips and her husband, Tad, of Greeley; four great-grandchildren, Blake and Connor Phillips of Greeley, and Darian and Marcus Parkhurst of Sioux Falls; and many nieces and nephews.

Bernice was preceded in death by her husband; parents; two brothers, Archie and Clarence; and two sisters, Dora Ryg and Arvilla Drake.

The family suggests memorials to Peace & Power or St. John’s Lutheran Community.