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Mary A. Kester, 92

Mary A. Kester, 92, of Hudson died Thursday, Sept. 11, at Christian Community Home in Hudson, where she had resided since June.

Mary was born Sept. 1, 1916, to Andrew and Pauline (Gacek) Tomczyk, in Northeast Minneapolis. She was the fourth of 10 children, but since her two older siblings died at childbirth, she was always considered the eldest daughter.

She attended Edison High until age 16, when she was forced to leave school because of the death of her father. Mary worked as a maid and nanny to support herself and help with her family's needs.

On Sept. 4, 1937, Mary married Lloyd Kester at All Saints Catholic Church in Northeast Minneapolis. They began their married life in Minneapolis and moved about, to Bemidji, Minn., Hastings, Minn., and Prescott, finally settling in Hudson in 1950.

She and Lloyd built a house (with their own hands) on Lake Mallalieu and remained in that home for 57 years. She spent her married life as homemaker, mother, veracious reader and gardener with a penchant for baking. She was especially good at keeping a tidy, well-organized house and spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Mary is survived by three daughters, Mary Ann (Harry) Erb of Hudson, Kathryn Mayer of Sacramento, Calif., and Dorothy Cleveland of Minneapolis; eight grandchildren, Colleen (Kent) Lursen, Natalie (Jim) Thorson, Paula Erb, Bret (Jill) Mayer, Rik (Kelli) Mayer, Rhoda (Carl) Dirks, Casey (Jeni) Cleveland and Michael Mixon.; soon to be nine great-grandchildren, Ben Thorson, Koby and Tyler Lursen, Morgyn Mayer, Austin and Alex Mayer, Maxwell and new expected baby Dirks, and Austyn Cleveland; three sisters, Ann Koniar, Mickelena Lindgren and Lucille Mathews; and sister-in-law, Ruth Darnell.

Mary was preceded in death by her husband, Lloyd, in 1994; two brothers, Joseph and Raymond Tomczyk; and two sisters, Genevieve Cole and Pauline Julkowski.

The funeral service was at St. Patrick's Catholic Church on Tuesday, Sept. 16, with a visitation at 10 a.m. and Mass at 11.

Interment was in Willow River Cemetery in Hudson.

O'Connell Family Funeral Home handled the arrangements.

Memorials are preferred.