Esther Lorena Unckrich, 89, of Sandusky, passed away early Sunday morning, April 28, 2013, in Parkvue Healthcare Center following a brief illness.
She was born Dec. 3, 1923, in Sandusky, and graduated from Sandusky High School in 1941.
She was employed for 25 years as secretary at Hinde & Dauch Paper Co. (Westvaco), and for 18 years at New Departure.
Esther was an active member of Zion Lutheran Church in Sandusky, and the Women of the Church. She played clarinet in the Vacationland Band, North Coast Concert Band, Sandusky Concert Association, and Vermilion Community Band. She particularly enjoyed playing in the bands, but also enjoyed pinochle and golf.
Esther is survived by her nephews, Don (Joan) Unkrich of Kenmore, N.Y., and Dick (Judy) Unkrich of Williamsville, N.Y.; grand-nieces, Diane (Mark) Belis of Kenmore, and Lori (Chris) Kent of Williamsville; grand-nephews, Dave Unkrich, of N. Tonawanda, N.Y., and Dan (Vickie) Unkrich of Williamsville; great-grand-nephews, Aaron Unkrich of N. Tonawanda, and Theodore Unkrich of Williamsville; great-grand-nieces, Kristy Unkrich of N. Tonawanda, and twins, Emma and Kaitlyn Unkrich of Williamsville; and one step great-grand niece, Marina Brace, of Williamsville.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Charles “Al” Unckrich and Lorena (Scholt) Unckrich; and brothers, Russel (Elva) Unkrich and Wayne Unckrich.
Friends may call 4-7 p.m. Friday, May 3, at Toft Funeral Home & Crematory, 2001 Columbus Ave., Sandusky. Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Saturday, May 4, at Zion Lutheran Church, 503 Columbus Ave., Sandusky. Rev. John Mawhirter will officiate. Burial will follow in Oakland Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions be made in Esther’s name to Zion Lutheran Church or to Stein Hospice Services, 1200 Sycamore Line, Sandusky, OH 44870.
Condolences and gifts of sympathy may be made to the family at toftfh.com.