Hillsboro – Esther Wiens, 96, died June 11, 2019 at Parkside Homes in Hillsboro. She was born September 21, 1922 to Jacob and Mary (Woelk) Berg. She married Ernest Wiens June 2, 1950 at the Lehigh M.B. Church. Esther is survived by numerous nieces and nephews. Predeceased by her husband, Ernest Wiens in 2019. Celebration of Life Service 11:00 a.m. Friday, June 14, 2019 at Hillsboro Mennonite Brethren Church Officiated by Pastor Jeremy Matlock. Interment 10:00 a.m. Friday at Hillsboro M.B. Church cemetery. Memorials to Gideons or Tabor College in care of Jost Funeral Home P.O. Box 266 Hillsboro, KS 67063. Online condolences at www.jostfuneralhome.com
Life Sketch Taken From The Funeral Bulletin
Esther (Berg) Wiens, daughter of Jacob and Mary (Woelk) Berg, was born September 21, 1922 in Goessel, Kansas. She died June 11, 2019 in Hillsboro, Kansas.
All twelve years of her early education were spent in Walton, KS. She enjoyed school and lived close enough to walk to school. A highlight to end her school days was a 10 day trip to Colorado with her 23 classmates and 3 sponsors.
After living on a farm near Inola, Oklahoma for two years, where her father worked as a carpenter, the family moved to Hillsboro, KS, where her father worked at the grain elevator. During this time she attended the Lehigh M.B. Church. She was baptized in the Schuber pond near Lehigh and was accepted into the church.
After graduating high school, she began her 40 year teaching career, starting with an emergency certification from Tabor College. She later graduated from Tabor with a BA degree and then earned an MA degree from Emporia College. Her first three years were spent teaching in a one room school – quite a learning experience but most rewarding. From 1943 to 1958 she taught in Lehigh, Ramona, and Hillsboro elementary schools. She also taught four years in Rowland Park, Kansas, while her husband Ernest attended Kansas City Dental School. Upon her husband’s graduation they moved to Denver, Colorado, where she spent the next 21 years teaching at the Littleton Elementary School.
She met her husband Ernest during her country school teaching days. They were married June 2, 1950, in the Lehigh, Kansas, M.B. Church by Dr. P.R. Lange.
In Colorado they joined the Garden Park M.B. Church and later were charter members of Belleview M.B. Church. She was active in teaching Sunday school and on various committees. She also served many years as the church librarian. She was an avid reader and spent many happy moments with her books including her Bible which she read through every year.
Traveling was also important in their lives. Her favorite countries to visit were Switzerland and New Zealand. In 2005 Ernest and Esther moved from Colorado to Hillsboro, Kansas.
She is preceded in death by her husband, Ernest, and her sisters Edna (Schmidt) and Hulda (Pearce). She leaves behind her sister-in-law Doris Guhr (Wiens), brother-in-law Emerson Wiens, and many nieces and nephews and their families.