SLEEPY EYE - Esther Patterson, a long-time resident of New Ulm and a member of St. Paul's Lutheran Church, celebrated her 100th birthday on Sunday, Sept. 29.
Family and friends gathered at the Divine Providence Community Home in Sleepy Eye, where she currently is a resident. Esther has one living son and daughter-in-law, Larry and JoAnn (Tomaschko) Patterson of Burnsville; two living sisters, Melda Ohland of Gibbon and Leona Lehman of Fairmont; and one living brother, William Brei Jr. of New Ulm. There are also five grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
Esther's mother, Minnie Brei of New Ulm, also lived to be 100.
Esther Patterson, pictured above, celebrated her 100th birthday with family on Sunday at Divine Providence Home in Sleepy Eye.
Esther and her husband, Louis (Pat) Patterson, moved to New Ulm in 1936. Pat was self-employed in the radio and TV repair business for many years. Until recently, Esther lived in the Ridgeway on 23rd assisted living facility in New Ulm. She moved to Divine Providence in July of this year.