Esther Effling

Esther Effling


June 26, 1938 - November 24, 2022


Esther Effling, 84, of Artesian, SD, died Thursday, November 24, 2022, at Avera Brady Assisted Living in Mitchell. Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 AM Monday, November 28 at Holy Spirit Catholic Church in Mitchell. Burial will be at Brisbine Cemetery in rural Artesian. Visitation will be Sunday from 5-7:00 PM at Holy Spirit with a 6:00 PM prayer service. Arrangements by Bittner Funeral Chapel.

A recording of the funeral service can be viewed at:

Esther Ileen Effling was born June 26, 1938 in rural Delmont, South Dakota to August and Paulina (Winter) Uttecht. She attended school through 8th grade at Valley 13 Country School in rural Armour.  She graduated from Parkston High School in 1956. She received her nursing degree from Methodist School of Nursing in Mitchell. She married the love of her life, Vincent Effling, October 11, 1960. They moved to the Effling Century Farm where she and Vince raised their six children. 

She worked at St. Joseph Hospital until starting their family. Esther was involved in the ladies altar society with St. Charles Catholic church in Artesian. She was very active on the farm working by Vince’s side. Her favorite hobby was collecting and trying new recipes making everyone’s favorites for the holidays. They enjoyed many family celebrations with a house full of grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

She returned to nursing full-time at Firesteel Healthcare Center where she worked for 20 years until her retirement. She also belonged to a Red Hatters Group where she enjoyed old and new friends.

She is survived by her 5 daughters, Lisa (Norman) Neugebauer, Mitchell; Bonita (Mike) Feilmeier, Harrisburg; Rita (Jeff) Miller, Mitchell; Lori (Lance) Ischen, Brookings; Pam (Adam) Zdrilic, Brandon; daughter-in-law, Wanda (Leo) Effling, Artesian; 18 grandchildren; 8 great-grandchildren; sibling Herb (Janett) Uttecht, Mitchell; and sister-in-law, Effie (Alvin) Uttecht, Armour.

Esther was preceded in death by her husband, Vincent Effling, 2019; son, Leo Effling, 2017; brothers, Norman, Elmer, and Alvin; and her sister, Edna (Arnold) Fink.


Sunday, November 27, 2022
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
6:00 PM Prayer Service

Holy Spirit Catholic Church
1401 W Cedar Ave
Mitchell, SD 57301


Monday, November 28, 2022
10:30 AM
Holy Spirit Catholic Church
1401 W Cedar Ave
Mitchell, SD 57301


Brisbine Cemetery
Rural Artesian, SD

Posted by Julie Kunkel on December 4, 2022
So sorry in the loss of your Mom. She will be missed. Such a sweet woman. Prayers.
Posted by Donna connor on November 29, 2022
So sorry for the loss of your mother prayers and sympathy to you all
Posted by Betty and Daryl Kurtenbach on November 28, 2022
Family of Esther Effling. We are so sorry we were not able to attend the funeral. Watched the live streaming. Was a very nice mass. Sincere sympathy to all the family.
Posted by Dorothy Anderson on November 28, 2022
My sympathies to to all of you. Will always remember growing up with Esther and the fun we had together. Dorothy (Uttecht) Anderson
Posted by Daniel Fridley on November 27, 2022
Lisa and family Sorry for your loss.
Posted by Roger & Cheryl Schmit on November 27, 2022
Sorry to hear about Esther-she was such a wonderful lady and we enjoyed all the "visits" after church for many years. She is with God, Vincent, and Leo now. (The people she has missed for too long!) God Bless all of you
Posted by Jen Larsen on November 26, 2022
Lisa, Iā€™m so sorry for your loss. Cherish all the good memories in your heart. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
Posted by Carol Amick on November 26, 2022
Esther was such a sweet spirited woman. Prayers for the family.
Posted by Gary and Mary Stadlman on November 26, 2022
Dear Lisa and Norman and, family, send our sincere condolences on the los of your Mom, Grandmother. May God keep you all in His love and care today, and the days to come. Prayers
Posted by Charlie & Wanda Kobes on November 26, 2022
So sorry for your loss of a sweet lady !! Sending you all Big Hugs and Prayers !!!
Posted by Kayla Page on November 26, 2022
Sorry for you loss. I enjoyed visiting with Esther. She will be missed. Prayers to you all
Posted by Kim and Mike Mohr on November 25, 2022
We are sorry for your loss, but what a reunion she and your Dad are having in Heaven:) Our prayers for the days ahead.
Posted by Jon and Kaye Smith on November 25, 2022
Our Sympathy, and love, prayers, šŸ™šŸ™šŸ™šŸ’—
Posted by Jon and Kaye Smith on November 25, 2022
Our Sympathy, and love, prayers, šŸ™šŸ™šŸ™šŸ’—
Posted by Charolette Peterson on November 25, 2022
Lisa so sorry for your loss! You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers!
Posted by Jonda Weise on November 25, 2022
So sorry to hear about your mother. Your whole family is in my prayers.
Posted by Stephanie Boehnke on November 25, 2022
Lisa, so sorry to hear about the passing of your mom. She was such a sweet lady. Prayers to you and your family.
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