Esther Kamphuis

Date of Death: Oct 15, 2018
Esther Kamphuis

1920 - 2018

Esther Kamphuis, 98, of Waupun, died Monday, October 15, 2018 at the Christian Home and Rehabilitation Center in Waupun.

Esther was born April 4, 1920 in the town of Metomen in Fond du Lac County, the daughter of Aldert and Cynthia Vanden Berg Rens. On September 12, 1940 she married Gordon Kamphuis in Waupun. Following their marriage the couple farmed in the Brandon area until Gordon’s death in August of 1973. In 1976 Esther moved to Waupun where she was a housekeeper for several families in Waupun. Esther was a member of First Reformed Church in Waupun and a past member of Alto Reformed Church where she taught Bible Class. Esther was a lady chairperson for the Alto Division of the Fond du Lac County Farm Bureau.

Esther is survived by five children: Carol (Elton) Hopp of Waupun, Richard (Charlene) Kamphuis of Waupun, Kenneth (Janice) Kamphuis of Waupun, Colleen (Duane) Bille of rural Brandon, and Gordon (Debbie) Kamphuis Jr. of rural Markesan; 14 grandchildren; 29 great-grandchildren; 4 great-great grandchildren; a sister, Helen Hartgerink of Waupun; a brother-in-law, Wayne Tank of Ripon; and a sister-in-law, Mary Rens of Waupun.

Esther was preceded in death by her husband, Gordon Kamphuis Sr.; two sisters, Angeline Tavs and Audrey Tank; three brothers: George, Bob, and Harold Rens; and 3 great-grandchildren in infancy.


Friends and relatives may call on the family at Werner-Harmsen Funeral Home in Waupun on Thursday from 4-7 p.m. and at the church on Friday from 9:30 a.m. until the time of service.


Funeral services for Esther Kamphuis will be held Friday, October 19, 2018 at 10:30 a.m. at First Reformed Church in Waupun with Rev. Barry Lang officiating.


Burial will follow at Alto Cemetery.



  1. Roger/Peggy Cotterill Says: October 22, 2018 at 7:23 am

    Dear Family….we send our heartfelt thoughts & prayers to all on the passing away of your dear Mother,Grandmother/ Great Grandmother, Esther Kamphuis. I have fond memories of her as a friendly, loving woman…..know she is missed by many. May the Lord continue to give you strength and comfort as you go on knowing she is safe with the Lord.

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