The Free Press, Mankato, MN

January 5, 2014

Lester Biesterfeld

—    Funeral services for Lester Biesterfeld, age 88, of Albert Lea will be held at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, January 8, 2014 at Bayview/Freeborn Funeral Home. Rev. Jeff Laeger-Hagemeister will officiate.  Interment will be at Rose Hill Cemetery in Wells.  Visitation will be held from 4:00 - 6:00 p.m. Tuesday, January 7th at Bayview/Freeborn Funeral Home and one hour prior to the service.  Online condolences are welcome at

   Lester died Saturday, January 4, 2014 at St. John's Lutheran Community.  

   Lester Milton Biesterfeld was born on October 10, 1925 to Henry Herman and Edna (Degner) Biesterfeld in Foster Township.  Lester grew up and attended school in Wells.  On December 4, 1945, Lester was united in marriage to Ione Wegner at the Hartland Lutheran Church.  Together they farmed for many years outside of Wells.  Lester and Ione retired from farming in 1989 and moved to Albert Lea.  Even though he was retired, Lester remained interested in farming and always enjoyed going for rides to check on crops and field work.  He enjoyed fishing, hunting, bowling, gardening, traveling, wintering in Arizona, family events and celebrating birthdays and holidays.  Lester was a quiet, faithful man and will be missed by his family and friends greatly.  

   Survivors include his wife of 68 years, Ione of Albert Lea; daughters Rebecca (Paul) Strand of Merrill, WI and Kristine (Dean) Skalicky of Silver Bay, MN; sons Leslie (Patty) Biesterfeld of Mankato, MN and Kurt Biesterfeld of Albert Lea, MN; grandchildren Kimberly (Jeremy) Akey, Kari Strand, Karen (John) Sidorowicz, Brittney (Josh) Wisted, Audra (Matthew) Carson, Ana Biesterfeld, Troy (Laura) Biesterfeld and Trisha Biesterfeld (fiancé Bob Iverson); great-grandchildren Connor and Natalie Akey, Hunter and Madden Sidorowicz, Matthew Skalicky,  Naomi and Abigail Wisted, Jake Carson, Juddson Schmiesing and Lucy Biesterfeld; sisters LaDonna Brandt, Jean (William) Braun and Joyce (Bert) Salisbury; brother-in-law Robert (Lois) Wegner and sister-in-law Mary Wegner.

   Lester was preceded in death by his parents Henry and Edna Biesterfeld; father and mother-in-law Gustav and Sophia Wegner and sisters Myrtice Yost and Carolee Stenzel.