Esther Borlaug, 91, died Monday, May 18, 2009, at the Sweet Memorial Nursing Home of natural causes.
A viewing will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. on Tuesday at the Holland & Bonine Funeral Home. Her burial service will be 11 a.m. Wednesday at the South Gildford Cemetery with her funeral service at 1 p.m. in the Hingham Lutheran Church with Pastor Arden Barden officiating. Memorials in Esther’s honor may be made to the Hingham Lutheran Church . A fellowship luncheon will be held at the church immediately after the service. Services and arrangements have been entrusted to Holland & Bonine Funeral Home. Esther was born April 20, 1918, in Barron, Wis., to Odin and Hannah (Kringle) Bronson. She was raised and educated in Wisconsin, graduating from Chetek High School. She traveled to Montana to see her uncle and help him on his farm north of Havre. She met Mons O. Borlaug and the couple married Feb. 7, 1942. Together they made their home on the Borlaug family farm south of Gildford and raised two sons, Monty and Roger. Esther was very active in the South Gildford and Hingham Lutheran Churches and was a member of the Sons of Norway. Esther was a tidy woman who enjoyed a clean house inside and out. She was also an excellent cook and enjoyed quilting, needlework, crocheting, and working in her yard. Esther was widowed at a young age, but she still enjoyed traveling. She wintered in Glendale, Ariz. For 15 years. She has traveled to many unique places, such as Norway, the Holy Land, Alaska and also took the Fall Foliage Tour back East and visited many state parks in the United States. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Mons, on Sept. 21, 1959; her only sister, Bernice Tonjum; one stepbrother, Martin Nelson; and one step-sister, Selma White. Esther is survived by her two sons, Monty (Joyce) Borlaug of Havre, Mont. And Roger (Sharon) Borlaug of Gildford, Mont.; her grandchildren, Brenda (Dave) McMaster of Chinook, Mont., Travis (Maria) Borlaug of Gildford, Mont., Shane (Heidi) Borlaug of Gildford, Mont., Krysti (Joseph) Krall of Avondale, Ariz. And Jodi (Josh) Wigen of East Helena, Mont.; seven great-grandchildren and four step-greatgrandchildren.