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The Globe Gazette
Mason City, Cerro Gordo County, Iowa
December 12, 1996

OBITUARY - ESTELLA G. (RUSH) CARSTENS

BUFFALO CENTER - Estella G. CARSTENS, 97, of 109 Mission Drive, Buffalo Center, and a former Mason City resident, died Monday (Dec. 9, 1996) at the Timely Mission Nursing Home, Buffalo Center.

Funeral services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Friday at St. James Lutheran Church in the chapel, 1148 Fourth St. S.E., Mason City, with the Rev. David Anderson officiating. Interment will be in Memorial Park Cemetery, Mason City.

Visitation will be one hour prior to services at the church.

Fullerton Patterson James Funeral Chapel, 123 Second St. S.E., Mason City, is in charge of arrangements.

Those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to consider memorials to the St. James Lutheran Church or Hospice of North Iowa.

Estella was born on Nov. 29, 1899, near Delphos, one of five daughters of Dennis and Margaret (LAHS) RUSH.

She graduated from Indianola High School and then attended Simpson College. She began her teaching career in Mount Vernon and Bath Townships [Cerro Gordo County, Iowa].

She and her five sisters, "the Rush Sisters" were an instrumental music group that gave concerts in area churches during their school years and later she sang for many funerals. She remained active in music and was a tutor for children.

She was united in marriage to Sophus CARSTENS on New Year's Day, Jan. 1, 1922, at her parent's house in Brownsdale, Minn. They lived on a farm near Burchinal before retiring to Mason City. In her later years, she spent her life with her niece, Margaret and her husband, Harlan JOHNSON, at Thompson, and entered the Timely Mission Nursing Home, Buffalo Center, in 1990.

Estella is survived by her sister-in-law, Mona CARSTENS, Mason City; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband on Sept. 20, 1976; one infant son, Daniel; her parents; and four sisters, Esther NUZUM, Ruth ZIEMER, Zella HENDRICKS and Naomi LUCKOW.

Transcription by Sharon R. Becker, January of 2011

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