Well folks, I imagine Esther Hoge is somewhere today watching a ballgame. “Grandma,” who was pretty much everybody’s “grandma” passed away last week at the age of 102, leaving behind several teams of children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She probably saw more games involving her family than anybody I know and she so enjoyed watching them compete.
I always loved her feisty-ness even later in life. Not much got past the matriarch of one of the biggest sports families in the area and you can ask Eric Perkins of KARE 11 about that.
Several years back he came to town for one of his Perk at Play segments and took on Esther in bowling at Aitkin Lanes and got his butt thumped. It was a great afternoon and one I will never forget, but what I remember most about her was that she always made it to the game, no matter which family member was playing and I know that meant so much to the kids over the years.
She was one of the few people I know who has picked up the “big four,” the 4-6-7-10 split, at Aitkin Lanes. She was the first Aitkin High School basketball star back in the 20s, but her greatest joy was watching the “kids” and that is something they can cherish the rest of their lives.
Prayers and thoughts go out to the entire family and know this, she will always be remembered and just might be the greatest Gobbler fan of all-time. She certainly has my vote!
Just a quick bowling note to pass along, the Aitkin Bowling Association annual meeting is slated for Tuesday, Aug. 13 at Aitkin Lanes at 7 p.m. Make plans to be there.