Esther Gertrude (Conrad) Nyberg passed away on Tuesday, January 2, 2018 at Solomon Valley Manor in Stockton, Kansas at the age of 99. She was the ninth child born, on October 8, 1918 on the family farm south of Gaylord, Kansas, to the late Elmer and Louretta (Duer) Conrad. On February 15, 1940 she was united in marriage to Beryl Nyberg in Smith Center, Kansas. To this union were born one son and six daughters.
Esther accepted the Lord Jesus Christ and was immersed in Christian baptism in the Republican River. She raised her family in Reamsville, Kansas area where she was a member of the United Methodist Church and the Ladies Aid Society. She was an avid quilter and made numerous quilts for her family as well as the missions of the Ladies Aid. She also made many baby quilts for her grandbabies and often hosted quilting parties in her home. She always had a large garden that fed her family, from the bountiful harvest, and allowed her to do a lot of canning and freezing. She also enjoyed working crossword puzzles and going for walks through the pasture cutting musk thistle.
Esther was a devoted farm wife and mother. She and Beryl left the family farm in 1994, due to health reasons, and moved to Stockton, Kansas. They lived there until Beryl entered the nursing home in Glasco, Kansas and Esther moved to Beloit in order to be near him. She drove to Glasco every day to spend time with him until his passing in May 2001. She then moved back to Stockton where she lived in her own home next to her daughter Donna and son-in-law Ralph until March 2017 when she went to Solomon Valley Manor.
Esther leaves, to mourn her passing, her son Terry Nyberg and wife Jean of Beloit; daughters Phyllis Angell and husband Larry of Cawker City, KS and Dallas, TX, Donna Williams and husband Ralph of Stockton, Roberta Ritz of Beloit, Linda Paley and husband Jim of Stockton, Sandra Merrill and husband Jack of Minneapolis, and Virginia Spooner and husband Jack of Falun; 20 grandchildren; 36 great-grandchildren; and 11 great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents Elmer and Louretta Conrad, husband Beryl Nyberg, eight siblings and their spouses, daughter-in-law Eloise Nyberg, and son-in-law Gary Ritz.
The Apostle Paul reminds us, “These three remain: faith, hope, and love.” Esther lived her life strong in faith, abiding in hope, and loving her Lord, family, friends, and neighbors unconditionally. For the generations that follow, she has shown us by her daily example, a legacy that proves, “The greatest of these is love.”
Funeral Services will be held at 10:00am on Friday, January 5, 2018 at Plumer-Overlease Funeral Home in Stockton. Burial will follow at Lawrence Creek Cemetery. Visitation will be from 9:00-10:00am on Friday at the funeral home. Memorials are suggested to the Reamsville Church or Solomon Valley manor and may be sent in care of Plumer-Overlease Funeral Home, 723 N 1st Street, Stockton, KS 67669.