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“Tiss and family: I enjoyed the many long converstaions I had with Esther when she would call for the Athboy News. She was such a delight to...Read More »
1 of 14 | Posted by: Lynda and Gary Edwards - SD

“Tiss and family - Esther was such a joy to visit with! It was heart warming when she would walk across the room to visit with me if I couldn't...Read More »
2 of 14 | Posted by: Brenda, Gary, & Moriah Even - SD

“Tiss & Family: Your mom was a wonderful lady. My thoughts & prayers are with you. She loved you & she knew you loved her. ”
3 of 14 | Posted by: LaVonne Rook - Roundup, MT

“So sorry for you loss Tiss. Esther was so very proud of her family She will be missed by many and remembered fondly by all her knew her. Our...Read More »
4 of 14 | Posted by: John & Barb Bartell - Shadehill, SD

“Sorry for your loss she will be in a lot of peoples thoughts she was always a happy person and would talk to anyone. Thoughts and prayers with you at...Read More »
5 of 14 | Posted by: Darlene and Allen Storm - Lemmon, SD

“I am so sorry for your loss, it is very hard to have to say good bye to our mothers, you have my sincere sympathy. ”
6 of 14 | Posted by: Lynn Hall

“Our thoughts and Prayers for you. Either was certainly a lady who always wore a smile. She told a lot of history that was always a joy to listen to...Read More »
7 of 14 | Posted by: Dean and Lila Ellison

“Peace be with you Tiss, your mom was a gem. Always so kind and gentle, hold on to your memories. ”
8 of 14 | Posted by: Cathy Evans - Lemmon, SD

“Bless you all. Her caregivers were excellent! ”
9 of 14 | Posted by: Marla Braaten - Hettinger, ND

“No more suffering - No more pain. God bless her on her journey. Our thoughts and prayers are with you Tiss in this time of sorrow and celebration. ”
10 of 14 | Posted by: Steve Sandgren

“Tiss - so sorry to receive the news of Esther's passing. Her bright smile always lit up any room she was in. I remember sitting with her at the...Read More »
11 of 14 | Posted by: Linda Huber - McIntosh, SD

“Tiss sorry to hear about your mom. Thinking about you and keeping you in prayers. ”
12 of 14 | Posted by: Dawne Donner

“Sorry for your loss. Always enjoyed seeing her in church with Kari, may your memories give you comfort, for they will be in your heart forever. ”
13 of 14 | Posted by: Mike and Penny Lemburg - Bison, SD

“I am so sorry to hear about your mom Tiss, just glad you got to spend the day with her. But it is still a sad time in your life. She is now resting...Read More »
14 of 14 | Posted by: Cindy & John Hetzel - Keldron, TN

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The Life and Times of Esther H. Seim Johnson

Esther H. Johnson, age 98 of Lemmon, passed away early Monday morning, November 4, 2013 at her sister's home west of Bison.

Memorial service will be Sunday, November 10, 2013 at Rosebud Lutheran Church, South of White Butte, SD at 2:00 p.m. Rev. Marjorie Hershey and Rev. Dana Lockhart will officiate and burial of Esther's ashes will follow at the Rosebud Cemetery. Condolences can be left at the Evanson Jensen Funeral Home in Lemmon, SD on Saturday, Nov. 9, from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m.

Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church on Sunday.

Esther Henrietta Seim was born on May 25, 1915 to Henry Seim and Esther (Becker) Seim on their homestead in Rockford Township, Perkins County, SD. She was the third child of a family of six, Henry, Louis, Bill, Lester and Kari. The Seim house was made out to Henry's claim shack and Esther's claim shack. Esther's claim shack was the living room. Esther attended the Sunny Slope School for the first 8 grades.

She grew to young womanhood on the ranch. One of her many jobs included trailing the cows down to the south pasture and while there she sat in her little stone house atop a hill and read books. She attended Lemmon high school graduating with the class of 1933. Blenda Christman and Bernie Rose were among her classmates. She then attended teachers college in Dickinson for one year earning her certificate in 1934.

Esther started her teaching career at her old home school, Sunny Slope, for 1 year (1935) with her students being her brother Lester and sister, Kari, along with Hilda, Ivan and Gilbert Paulson and Roy Ludington. The school was located 1 mile north of the Seim ranch and then moved to 1 mile south and ½ mile west. When it was sold, the school was moved back to the ranch and added on to the house. It was the kitchen and dining room. With her first paycheck of $40.00 for the month, Esther bought a sewing machine and a washing machine. The sewing machine was a Montgomary Ward and is still in the country.

Esther then taught 1 year at Hay Hill School #2 east of Hwy 73. (1936) The three Stanley children were among the students, Tim Gossman, who was the president of the bank in Bison is the son of Bernice Stanley.

She then went to Burdick and taught 1 year. (1937) Kari went with her and attended 8th grade. Other students included Bud, June and Albert Smebakken, John, Muriel and Martina Johnson.

She then went to Liberty for three years. (1938-1940) Jim Spenny, Loran Jorgenson, four Novak girls, Bob and Jack Crow were among her students.

She spent 2 years at West Roosevelt, (1941-42) west of Milner's. Ernest and Walter Hard, Myrtle, Melvin and Martina Randen and three Matke kids were students.

Esther taught at Pleasant Ridge 1 year (1943) Alice, Obert and Selmer Hagen, Floyd Johnson, Horace and Nels Seim, Dorothy Paulson and George Paulson's girls, Louise and Delores.

She taught at Lone Tree School 1 year, (1944) south of Bison. LeRoy Schecher, Merle, Dean and Cleo Kopren, Orein Hafner, Hafner girl, Schutzka's twins and Ann Weaver. Back to Pleasant Ridge for 1 year (1945) where her students were Selmer and Obert Hagen; Dorothy and Larry Paulson, Nels Seim and Floyd Johnson.

In 1946 thru 1954 she taught the 3rd grade at Simmons Elementary in Aberdeen. Her father, Henry Seim passed away in 1954. Back to teaching at Pleasant Ridge for 2 years (1955-1956) Students were Patsy Rittenhouse (Miller), Jim and Jerry Anderson and Tommy Seim.

Then to Rapid City for 1 year (1956) at EB Berquist Elementary, third grade.

She was married to Andrew George Johnson on July 20th, 1957. She then took 2 to 3 years off from teaching. Esther then taught in the Lemmon School system 1960 thru 1962, 3rd grade and remembers well the principal's son, whom she had for a student one of those years.

One of her many experiences in her travels to school involved a fox. On her way to Lemmon she saw a fox crossing the road, and she ran over it. At that time, there was bounty on fox, so she stopped, backed up and threw it in the trunk. After a day at school, she stopped at Grandma Johnson's. She could hear a noise, like scratching, coming from the trunk, so she called Andrew and he drove all the way to Lemmon, carefully opened the trunk and killed the fox. This time it was dead.

In 1963 Andrew and Esther were blessed with a daughter, Esther Hilma (Tiss) Johnson. Esther had wanted to name her Renae, but Andrew wanted her named after family members, for a while she was known as "Jr.", then Andrew started calling her "Tissie" which was later shortened to "Tiss".

In 1969 she again taught at Pleasant Ridge School at the urging of Elvira Johnson. Students were Bob, Alice, and Ruth Seim, Linda and Jean Johnson and Kay Paulson. While she taught at Pleasant Ridge, Tiss started her first year of school at Burdick, with Andrew making sure she got to school every day.

Burdick School closed and students were transferred to either Bison or Lemmon. Tiss traveled to Lemmon on the bus every day, but would rather have dad take her to town, so Esther began teaching 3rd grade at the Lemmon Elementary in 1971 and had Tiss as a pupil that year. She taught in Lemmon 1971 thru 1981 and retired when Tiss graduated from High School.

Andrew and Esther celebrated their 20th wedding anniversary on July 20, 1977, at the home of her sister, Albert and Kari Hoff. Andrew passed from this life on Dec. 6, 1977 while doing what he