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Esther F. (Ginter) Hay

Born: Thu., Sep. 11, 1919
Died: Sun., May 3, 2020


12:00 AM to 7:00 PM, Wed., May 06, 2020
Location: Hanley & Sons Funeral Home "Southwest Chapel"

Graveside Service

Thu., May 07, 2020
Location: Southlawn Cemetery

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Esther F. Hay, 100, passed away on Sunday, May 3, 2020 at Caring Junction Elderly Care. 

She was born on September 11, 1919 to Edward and Bernice (Wroblewski) Ginter. Esther was preceded in death by her parents, husband, Phillip, on June 28, 1998, brother, Donald M. Ginter, sister, Gertrude A. Thomas, daughters-in-law, Cindy Hay, Kathy Hay and grandson, Justin Robert Hay.

Esther is survived by her three sons: Robert (Jean) Hay of South Bend, David W. Hay, of Lakeland, FL and Earl L. Hay of Severance, CO, five  grandchildren:: Kimberly Pickens, Kelly (Mathew) Willoughby, Chad Hay, Phillip Hay and Michelle (Johnny) Starling and eight great-grandchildren.

She was employed by Associates for 19 years and then went to work for South Bend Lathe and Appletree Day Care. She was a certified cosmetologist and worked nights and weekends as a beautician. Work, raising three sons, plus living on a farm left little time for anything else, the first two-thirds of her life. Once retirement age arrived, she and Phillip were able to travel much of United States, including Alaska. One of the most enoyable times was when they went fishing in Minnesota for 6 weeks. She was a very accomplished knitter, who made many of her own clothes. Having lived over a century, she saw many changes in life, from farming with horses to the invention of tractors.She lived through The Depression and WWII when the whole country came together. As to the current time of cell phones and other technologies,Esther never really embraced those.  She preferred her pastime hobbies such as reading, knitting, talking on the phone with friends, spending time with her family, and her beloved dog, Lassie.

Esther was a member of the Sumption Prairie United Methodist Church,  Lakeville Chapter #479,Order of Eastern Star, Indiana Farm Bureau and the Red Hat Club.  

In lieu of flowers the family would like memorial contributions be made in Esther’s name to Center for Hospice, 501 Comfort Place, Mishawaka, IN 46545, Shriner’s Hospital for Children, Chicago, 2211 North Oak Park Avenue, Chicago, IL 60707-3392, St. Jude’s Children Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105.  

Private visitation will be on Wednesday, May 6th at Hanley and Sons Funeral Home “Southwest Chapel” located at 23421 State Road 23/West Ireland Road, South Bend.  A private family graveside service will take place on Thursday, May 7th at Southlawn Cemetery with Pastor Scott Taylor, officiating.

The HANLEY and Sons Funeral Home handled arrangement and services extends its deepest sympathy and heartfelt prayers to the Hay family.

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Carol Dudeck Connell
   Posted Wed May 06, 2020
Bob & Jean, I am so sorry about your Mom. You were very blessed to have her for 100 plus years. I’m sure she will be missed by many and she will also be happy in heaven. I love you!💕

Deb Hanson Palguta
   Posted Wed May 06, 2020
I am one of Bob and Barbara Hanson's daughters. I was so sorry to hear of Esther's passing. I saw her in January before I left South Bend for several weeks. When I returned in mid Feb. visitors were no longer allowed, so I sent her notes and cards. The last card I sent I asked her questions trying to see how she was doing and a self addressed envelop. I didn't realize she could not respond.When I visited she liked to talk about the good times she had growing up with my dad. She considered him like a brother. She told me several times how he made a wooden barn for her sons. It seems you left it outside and when you brought it in a mouse had moved in! He made two other barns that I know of. I have them. I will miss our visits and talking about my dad. She was a wonderful woman.

Barbara and Ray Weigand
   Posted Wed May 06, 2020
Your mom and grandma was a very dear, sweet woman who was loved by all who knew her. We will always treasure the very special friendship between Esther and our mom, Annie Priester. They were two of the stalwarts of Sumption Prairie UMC and loved spending time together, whether at church or in the community. When those two got together, boy could they gab!! We remember Esther's vigor and zest for life, still doing many of the chores by herself around her home and property. She was much admired by all of us and will be missed. Our thoughts and prayers for your comfort during this time.

Lori and Chuck Kelly
   Posted Wed May 06, 2020
We are sending our sympathy to you and your family.
Thinking of you!

Don and Sandy Thomas
   Posted Wed May 06, 2020
Sorry to hear about aunt Esther, saw in the paper it was private visitation. I would have liked to see you all.

Tom Lindenman
   Posted Thu May 07, 2020
I didn't know your mom. I think I met her a few times at Farm Bureau meetings. I think she and your dad were in Farm Bureau with my parents who always had good things to say about your mom and dad. 100 years is a good long life.

I remember all the fun we had in 4-H. Too bad about all of this Covid 19 stuff. I would have loved to see the three of you after 55 years. Hope you are all well and in good health.

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