Esther Jane Pille |

Esther Jane Pille

Esther Jane Pille of Audubon, Iowa, died Tuesday, March 2, 2004, at the Friendship Home in Audubon, Iowa. She was 86.

A funeral Mass was held Saturday, March 6, at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Audubon. Internment will be at a later date at St. Patrick’s Catholic Cemetery.

She was born Oct. 27, 1917, in Baxter, Iowa, to Ernest and Hazel Alspaugh Bwol. She graduated from Newton High School in 1935, and then taught in rural schools in Marshall County, Iowa.

She married Clarence A. Pille on Dec. 27, 1939, in Marshalltown. They farmed near Lemoille, Iowa, then moved to Pierce City, Mo., where she worked at the Stevie Togs Co. In the early 1950s they returned to Marshalltown, where Mrs. Pille was a homemaker and worked at the Singer Sewing Machine Co. From 1965-79, she worked as a certified nurse’s aide at the Iowa Soldiers Home.

After retirement, Mr. and Mrs. Pille lived in Denver, San Antonio, Texas, Battlement Mesa and Glenwood Springs. They moved to Audubon in 1999, and Mr. Pille preceded her in death Feb. 20, 2000.

Mrs. Pille was a member of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Audubon. She enjoyed arts and crafts and her special music.

She was preceded in death by her husband; by a son-in-law, Michael Street; by a brother and sister-in-law, Frank and Raejean Bwol; and by a sister and brother-in-law, Mae and Ray Neuroth.

Mrs. Pille is survived by a son and daughter-in-law, Dale and Barbara Pille of Scottsdale, Ariz.; by daughters and son-in-law Judith Street of Glenwood Springs, and Mary Helen and Michael Jewell of Audubon; by grandchildren and their spouses Eric and Lauren Pille of Scottsdale, Kristina Pille of Scottsdale, Michelle Smith of New Castle, Jared and Jennifer Street of Silt, Steven and Jamie Jewell of San Antonio, Kevin and Trish Jewell of Mesa, Ariz., and Jeff and Krista Jewell of Struthers, Ohio; by great-grandchildren Jarrett Pille of Scottsdale, Tyson Smith of Silt, Kayla Smith of New Castle, Justin Jewell of San Antonio, Austin Jewell of Struthers, and Tyler Jewell of Mesa; by a sister and brother-in-law, Frances and Burdell Aldrich of Garwin, Iowa; and by many other relatives and friends.

Kessler Funeral Home of Audubon, Iowa, is in charge of arrangements.

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