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Esther C. Walbert

d. January 13, 2018

Esther C. (Danielson) Walbert, 99, of Oakland, MD, passed away on Saturday evening, January 13, 2018 surrounded by her loving family.

Born January 22, 1918 in Sutherland, Nebraska, Esther was the daughter of the late Ernest and Cora (White) Danielson. Her husband of 53 years, Russell C. Walbert, passed away on December 14, 1998. They were married on August 11, 1945 in Ogden, Utah.

Esther was a housewife who enjoyed sewing, especially keeping busy with wedding dress alterations, and was very active in the community. She was a member of the Election Board of Sutherland, NE for 47 years. She also was a census taker for the Sutherland School District. Esther was chairwoman of the Cancer Drive and also active with the Bloodmobile. She was also a member of the American Legion Ladies Auxiliary for over 50 years.

Esther was a member of the United Methodist Church of Sutherland for 87 years. Esther loved music and was a very accomplished organist. She played organ at the United Methodist Church of Sutherland for over 54 years as well as substituting at many other local churches. She played for over 100 weddings and nearly 200 funerals. She was also a member of the United Methodist Women.

Esther was a 1936 graduate of Sutherland High School and, more than anything else, loved her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Esther is survived by her daughter, Anita M. (Walbert) Zeus, wife of Anthony P. Zeus, Jr., Oakland, MD, and her son, Ted Bowers, Chewelah, WA. She is also survived by her daughter-in-law, Sandra (Menge) Walbert, widow of Dale Walbert, her grandchildren, Russell, Justin, Dale Jr., Jeff, Kari and Toni and her great grandchildren, Logan, Christine, Brittney, Brooke, Jacob, Jaden, Landon and Ciena. In addition, Esther is survived by her step-grandchildren, Anthony III and Tracy, her step-great-grandchildren, Ryan, Nathan, MaryKate, Mikayla, Jack, Taylor, Bella and Angelo and by her step-great-great-grandchildren, Harlow and Caden.

Along with her parents and her husband, Russell, Esther was preceded in death by her sons, Dale R. Walbert and Jim Bowers and by her brothers, Grant Danielson and Vance Danielson.

Funeral Services for Esther will be held in late spring in Sutherland, NE.

Walbert Funeral Home & Cremation Services, PC, Fleetwood, is honored to be caring for Aunt Esther. Online condolences may be offered at

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