Theda E. Hester

Theda E. Hester, 83, of Winona, passed away on Wednesday, February 12, at Saint Anne Extended Healthcare. She was born on June 24, 1936 to Werner and Ruth (Kammueler) Stettler. After high school, Theda went to nursing school in Philadelphia, PA. Theda graduated from nursing school and moved back to Alma, WI where she meet married Neil David Hester, Sr. Theda began a long career at the Winona Clinic.
Theda loved being a nurse. Her gentle touch and nurturing spirit brought relief and comfort to all her patients. When not working, Theda enjoyed spending time with family, her church family and the many friends she made where ever she went. She was a member since 1969 of the First Congregational Church, Winona.
Theda was Sidney Hughes partner and companion in later life. They enjoyed many activities together especially taking cruises and spending time with his family. Theda also had quite the green thumb especially with jade plants.
Theda was preceded in death by her parents; husband Neil, Sr.; son Shane; grandson Nathan Stier; sister Kathleen Stettler. She is survived by her son Neil David Hester, Jr. (Kim Staudinger); grandsons Neil Shane Hester, Shane D. (Brenna) Hester, Jr., Coy Vance (Colleen) Hester, Levi David Gilmore; great-grandchildren Cayden, Adalyn, Eli, Shane Daniel, III; brothers Werner (Bonnie) Stettler, Jr., Robert A. (Ann) Stettler; many more relatives and friends.
A Memorial Service was held on Wednesday, February 19 11:00 a.m. with visitation starting at 10:00 a.m. at First Congregational Church, Winona. Reverend Danielle Bartz will officiate. Inurnment will take place at a later date in the Eagle Valley Cemetery.
Services entrusted to Fawcett Junker Funeral Home, Winona, MN and Fountain City, WI. Words of sympathy or remembrance may be left at


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