Esther Hawton


Esther HawtonEsther Hawton, age 92 of Redwood Falls, passed away Wednesday, March 6, 2019 at Gil-Mor Manor in Morgan.  Funeral Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, March 11 at Redwood Valley Funeral Home in Redwood Falls.  Visitation will be 5:00-7:00 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.  Visitation will continue one hour prior to the service on Monday.  Interment will be in the Redwood Falls Cemetery. Stephens Funeral Service – Redwood Valley Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.

Esther Hawton was born May 22, 1926 to Fay and Hattie (Taubert) Castle in North Redwood, Minnesota.  She attended school in North Redwood until 8th grade and was proud that she went back to school in Marshall, where she received her GED.  On August 30, 1952, Esther married Warren Hawton in Redwood Falls.  She worked as a waitress at the Cardinal Café and Mint Café.  Later Esther worked for the R.E.M. Homes until retiring in 1989.  Esther was a member of a non-denominational church.  She always had a deep love and appreciation for other members and workers of her faith.  They were like a second family to her.  When Esther was no longer able to travel to church, she loved when church members would come to her home and host their services.  She enjoyed bird watching and collecting bird memorabilia.  Esther loved reading, doing embroidery, and watching Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy.  She also enjoyed doing crossword and jigsaw puzzles.  Her face would always light up when she received visits from her grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Esther is survived by her children: Diana Hawton, Richard Hawton both of Redwood Falls, Russell Hawton of Brooklyn Park, Beth (Don) Leopold of Redwood Falls, and Linda Wildeman of Worthington; grandchildren: Jason (Lydia) Wildeman, Michael (Rachel) Wildeman, Amanda (Dan) Ascherl, Angela Hawton, Scott (Casey) Leopold, and Lindsey (fiancé Scott) Hawton; great grandchildren: Lily & Harper McCullough, Nolan, Elsie, Grant & Brynn Leopold, Isabella, Tenley, Ryder & Berklee Ascherl, and Henri & Blair Wildeman; sister Helen Van Slooten of Redwood Falls; and many other relatives and friends. She is preceded in death by her parents, husband Warren, six brothers, four sisters and special niece Cheryl Prescott.


  1. Roanne Kooy says

    I have been sorry to hear Esther was so ill, and now it is sweet release to better rest. I have admired Esther all the time I have known her because of her faith and love for God. She loved her children and wanted the best for them. My sympathy to them now, Love, Roanne Kooy

  2. Andries Pottas (South Africa) says

    Condolences to the family. Glad our sister is relieved of her pain.

  3. Betty (Weiland) Droel says

    I have known Esher since teen age days – I would like to send my kind thoughts to Helen, the only other
    family member left that I know. Betty Weiland Droel

  4. Terry R Marguth says

    I am very sorry to hear of Esther’s passing. She was a sweet lady with a heart of gold. My thoughts and prayers go out to the family at this difficult time.

  5. Kyle & Marilee Grimes says

    Our condolences to you and your family. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Marilee G and family

  6. Kim Petersen says

    Dear Richard and family-
    Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to you and your family in the loss of your mother.
    Thoughts and prayers are with you today and the days ahead.
    God is with you.
    From all of us at Christ’s Victory Lutheran Church, Redwood Falls

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