OBITUARY: Esther Alberta Spomer


HERMISTON - Esther A. Spomer, 99, of Hermiston died Saturday, Feb. 28, 2009, at Good Shepherd Medical Center in Hermiston. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 28 at Grace Lutheran Church in Larned, Kan. Burial will follow at the Larned Cemetery.

Mrs. Spomer was born Jan. 24, 1910, in Macon, Franklin County, Neb., to Ludwig and Ankea (Harms) Kostbahn. After completing grade school in Macon, she went to a Lutheran boarding high school in Hebron, Neb.

She enjoyed school, especially Glee Club, chorus and quartets. She attended one year at Fort Hays College in Kansas, then took a year off to teach at a country school before returning to finish a second year of college.

She met William Spomer, a young dentist, in her church and they were married in 1930. In 1932 their first son was born. The young family lived through the Dust Bowl and the Depression.

When World War II began, William enlisted as a dentist, and the family moved with him to his assignments. During this time their second son was born in Dalhart, Texas.

After the war they moved to McCracken, Kan. The family's final move was to Larned, Kan., in 1952, where she lived for 40 years. In 2001, she moved to Hermiston to be near her family. Her last home was at Rose Arbor Assisted Living.

Mrs. Spomer is survived by her son, Dr. John L. Spomer of Hermiston; two grandchildren; and two great-grandsons.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Dr. William A. Spomer; son Dr. William A. Spomer Jr.; granddaughter Barbara Jean Spomer; parents Ludwig and Ankea Kostbahn; brother Carl Kostbahn; and sister Alvina Kostbahn.

Memorial contributions may be made to Lutheran Hour Ministries, 660 Mason Ridge Center Dr., St. Louis, MO 63141, or to Larned Emergency Service, 123 W. 9th Street, Larned, KS 67550.

Burns Mortuary of Hermiston is in charge of arrangements in Oregon and Beckwith Mortuary is in charge of arrangements in Larned, Kan.


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