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Esther W. Von Haden, 77

Esther W. Von Haden, age 77, of River Falls, passed away Wednesday, May 12, 2010, at her home.

She was born the daughter of Alfred and Almeda (Eid) Blegen on Sept. 15, 1932, in Gilman Township, Wis. On Oct. 17, 1964, Esther married Marvin Von Haden. In 1968, the couple started and established the Viking Inn in Viroqua, Wis. Esther worked in food service most of her life including employment at River Falls High School and River Falls Hospital. Her work ethic was unmatched. To her sons, she was a good role model, showing them a good heart, hard work and tough love. Until two years ago, Esther was the caretaker at her apartment building. She was also an active member of Ezekiel Lutheran Church.

Esther was preceded in death by her parents, Alfred and Almeda; husband, Marvin (1994); brothers, Ray, Arnold and Elroy; sisters, Helen, Evelyn and an infant sister.

She is survived by her five sons, James (Renee) Tatzel, Jack (Pat) Tatzel, Dean (Barb) Tatzel, Al (Mary) Tatzel, Bruce (Rhonda) Von Haden; eight grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; sisters, Alice Hurtgen, Eloise Adank, Ardis Roth; brother, Minnerd Blegen; and sister-in-law, Joan Blegen.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, May 18, at Ezekiel Lutheran Church in River Falls. Memorial visitation will also be Tuesday from 10-11 a.m. before the service. Interment will be in Martell Lutheran Cemetery.

Arrangements are with Bakken-Young Funeral & Cremation Services of River Falls.