Obituary of Esther Lorraine Wachter
Esther Lorraine (Lowrie) Wachter “Essy” August 13, 1920 – May 11, 2019
Sweet Esther Lorraine Wachter was born in Riffe, WA on August 13th 1920 to parents George and Rebecca Lowrie. She had 5 brothers and 1 sister, all ow deceased. When “Essy” (as our dad called her) was 5, her family moved to the Yakima Valley where she remained throughout her lifetime. It was there she eventually met and married her sweetheart Lawrence Frank Wachter (originally from Nebraska) in 1942. They had 48 very happy years together and were members of Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church since 1942. Esther worked several jobs, most of them as a sales clerk. However raising her family and being a homemaker was her greatest joy. She was a remarkable mother. She also loved her cats and dogs and cared for them gently. Her interests and talents included music, singing in a choir, playing the organ, playing her harmonica and paining beautifully with oils. Our mother was an avid reader, a very good seamstress and in her younger years and ice skater, and tennis player. She enjoyed visiting friends and acquaintances in nursing homes as well as writing letters to family and friends, a lost art. Besides being a wonderful mother, mom was a spunky but gentle soul with a big heart who liked to bring the spice of life and much love into the lives of those who knew her. She was a blessing to all of us. Essy was preceded in death by her husband Lawrence and oldest daughter Jo. She is survived by her daughter Carolyn Klemme and dear son-in-law Don of Gig Harbor, WA and daughter Mary Wachter of Yakima, WA, grandsons Brian Wachter of Yakima, WA, Richard Brumley (wife Linda) of Moxee, WA, Chad Klemme of Seattle, WA, granddaughter Tracy Klemme of Seattle, WA and grandson Derek Wachter of Richland, WA. She is also survived by 3 great grandchildren, Andria, Erin and Eryk Brumley all of Moxee, WA. Esther cherished all of her family as well as many nephews and nieces in Washington, California, Nebraska and Arizona. Our mother’s faith in God was a constant in her life, one on which she always relied. She raised her family to have faith in the Triune God and has said, “Get your exercise today, walk with Jesus.” And, “Put your hand in the hand of the Lord. He won’t let go unless you let go first.” Mom will always be missed; her absence leaves an empty space in our hearts. She favored Philippians 1:23 which states: “For I am hard pressed between the two (living for Christ, or) having a desire to depart, and be with Christ, which is for better.” Always lovingly remembered, mom now rests, in perfect peace, in the arms of our Father in heaven. There will be a memorial service at Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church on Saturday June 1st, at 1:00pm. In lieu of flowers a donation may be made to Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church, 1207 S. 7th Ave., Yakima, WA 98902.