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Esther M. Nasiatka Olmstead, 92, of Middlefield, died Sunday afternoon, Sept. 26, 2010, at Bassett Medical Center in Cooperstown.
She was born Sept. 13, 1918, in Broken Bow, Neb., a daughter of Carl G. and Inger E. M. (Knudsen) Christiansen, who were natives of Denmark.
Esther first married Chester A. Nasiatka on Nov. 11, 1948, in the Church of the Transfiguration (“The Little Church Around the Corner”) on East 29th St. in Manhattan. Mr.Nasiatka died Feb. 26, 1968. She then married Douglas J. Olmstead on Nov. 17, 1973, at St. Thomas the Apostle Roman Catholic Church in Cherry Valley, and they made their home in Middlefield.
A graduate of Cooperstown High School, Class of 1936, she was employed for many years at The Otesaga Hotel in Cooperstown and retired as the head housekeeper.
Throughout her life she enjoyed traveling, nature and walks with her beloved pets. She also was proud of her Danish ancestry.
Esther is survived by her husband of 37 years, Douglas, of Middlefield; three stepchildren, Karen A. McMahon Gratton and her husband, Pastor Tom A. Gratton of Virginia, Kathleen M. Olmstead-Mummert of Virginia and Keith D.
Olmstead and his wife, Grace of Toddsville; seven grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; a sister, Gerda Winnie of Otsego Manor; and several nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will be offered at 2 p.m. Friday, Oct. 1, 2010, at the Connell, Dow & Deysenroth Funeral Home in Cooperstown with Pastor Tom A. Gratton, Esther’s son-in-law, officiating. Immediately following the service, there will be a reception at the Middlefield Baptist Church.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Middlefield Volunteer Fire Department, 3666 County Highway 35, Middlefield, NY 13450.
Arrangements are with under the guidance of the Connell, Dow & Deysenroth Funeral Home in Cooperstown.
Published on  October 1, 2010
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