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August 20, 2020

Esther L. Disch

Esther L. Disch, age 95 of New Glarus, passed away on Tuesday, August 11, 2020, at the Monroe Clinic Hospice Home. She was born on September 17, 1924, at Albany, WI, to her parents, Andrew and Emma (Phillipson) Waage.

Esther graduated from Argyle High School with the class of 1942. On November 14, 1943, she was united in marriage to Doral M. Disch at the Yellowstone Lutheran Church rural Blanchardville. Esther and Doral then farmed outside of New Glarus for many years until they retired and moved to town in 1987. Esther and Doral loved dancing at the hotel, traveling, including trips to Switzerland, Germany, and Norway, and numerous bus trips around the country. Esther was a member of the Swiss United Church of Christ, Postville Ladies Aid and Women's Guild, Moose Lodge of Monroe, and the Meadow Valley Homemakers. Esther enjoyed playing golf, bowling, and playing cards with friends. She also shared and kept up family traditions of making Lefse and other treats. Most of all she adored her family, especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Esther is survived by her son, Keith (Linda) Disch; grandchildren, Nicole (Aaron Ruegsegger) Disch, Melissa (Josh) Kosak, and Michelle Disch; great-grandchildren, Jase, Tessa, and Lillian; nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Doral; son, Dean; grandson, Matthew; sisters, Ellen Disch, Lenora Bredeson, Eva Robertson, and Delores Von Arx; and brothers, Orville, Sylvan, Arleigh, and Amos Waage.

Family services were held at 2:00 p.m., on Monday, August 17, 2020, at the Zentner-Beal Funeral Home, 29 Sixth Avenue, New Glarus, WI, Pastor Patty Marty officiating. Burial is in the Swiss Church Cemetery, New Glarus, WI.

The family gathered from 1:00 p.m. until time of services on Monday, August 17, 2020, at the Zentner-Beal Funeral Home in New Glarus.

An online memorial with guestbook is available at


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