WARREN - Esther Nina Sanfrey, 89, "our beautiful, sweet, loving mother," has gone to be with her heavenly Father and the love of her life, her husband, Don, on Tuesday, Aug. 6, 2013.
"There is another sparkling star in Heaven."
She was born on Oct. 29, 1923, in Warren, the youngest of 13 children to Michael and Anna Tchoryk Preston.
Esther had a smile for everyone she met, a great sense of humor and a social life anyone would envy.
Esther worked at Packard Electric for several years before becoming a homemaker, and then returned to work, retiring from S.S. Kresge Co. in 1972 as a department manager.
Esther had many callings in life: wife, mother, grandmother and aunt, and she also served as a Sunday school teacher and past second counselor in the Women's Relief Society Auxiliary at church. Esther also served as national president of the Women's Auxiliary for the 37th Division of Army Veterans. Esther loved to play the organ.
Esther married Donald L. Sanfrey Sr. on Jan. 9, 1942, at Central Christian Church in Warren. They celebrated their 70th anniversary on Jan. 9, 2012. They were sealed for time and eternity in the Washington, D.C., Temple of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on Aug. 30, 1975.
Esther leaves four children who will forever miss the twinkle in her eyes - Donald Sanfrey Jr. (Sonya Pettijohn) of Boonville, Calif., Karen Wright of Youngstown, Debra Horvath of Warren and Valerie Sanfrey (Michael Lipps) of Mount Airy, Md.; grandchildren, Eric (Becky) Tarr, Michael (Sara) Horvath, Rachael (Steve) Marlow, Amber Lipps (fiance Erik Champenois) and Sarah Horvath; and 11 great-grandchildren.
Preceding Esther in death were her husband, Donald L. Sanfrey Sr.; her parents; eight brothers; four sisters; and son-in-law, Paul Wright Jr.
The family also wants to express sincere thanks, love and appreciation to Mom's nephew John (June) Bennington, nephew John (Mary) Jonda, niece Judy Essad, Donald (Carol) Yarnell, Joyce Ketterman, Nickcole, Cody and Logan Kligge, Myrna (Jim) Frantz, Stephanie Smith, Gil Reiger and so many wonderful, caring friends and family who made sure Mom always knew how much she was loved. They would also extend their thanks to the staff of VIBRA Hospital in Boardman for the great care given to their mother.
Funeral services will be held 9:30 a.m. Saturday at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Champion.
Family and friends may visit from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday at Carl W. Hall Funeral Home and from 9 to 9:30 a.m. Saturday at the church. Brother Jerry Ketterman will officiate.
Burial will take place in Champion Township Cemetery.