Esther G. Kessler

Born September 20, 1918 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania daughter of the late Morris and Stella (Farber) Glass passed away at her home on Saturday, March 26, 2011 at the age of 92.  Esther showed unconditional love and generosity for everyone she met and will be fondly remembered.

Surviving are her husband of 68 years, George M.  Kessler; son, Frank Kessler; daughter, Marsha (Frank) Pattinson; grandchildren, Gabriel (Erika), Dylan, Aaron (Carla), Noah, and Jessie (Lauren); great-grandchildren, Jonah and Gwen; brother, Ben Glass; sister-in-law, Edi Silverman along with her loving nieces and nephews and other extended family members.  Esther was preceded in death by her brother, Alfred Glass.

Esther was a graduate of the Philadelphia Normal School, was co-founder of Kehillat Israel in Lansing, served as former President of the Bnai Brith Women, was active in Hillel for many years  and had served as both Principal and Teacher at Congregation Shaarey Zedek in East Lansing.

Funeral Services will be held at the Estes-Leadley Greater Lansing Chapel on Tuesday, March 29, 2011 at 12:00 p.m. with Rabbi Michael Zimmerman officiating.  Interment will follow at Evergreen Cemetery.  Memorial contributions in Esther’s memory may be made to Kehillat Israel, 2014 Forest Rd., Lansing, Michigan  48910.

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John Bukovac
March 28, 2011 at 11:09 am

Dear George,
We were very sorry to learn of your loss, and want you to know that you are in our thoughts and prayers.We remember Esther as the gem in our departmental Christmas parties. She and the children made a great show.
Our deepest sympathy
John and Judy

Linda Oswald
March 28, 2011 at 5:28 pm

Esther showed great kindness to me. When I left my purse behind at an evening Hebrew class taught by Ellen Rothfeld, she took it home and I was able to reach her by phone and go to the house to pick it up. I was a bit rattled and she was so loving and kind to me. I will always remember her gratefully. I am very sorry she is gone.

Bernie & Pat Zandstra
March 29, 2011 at 12:13 am

Dear George,

We just heard about Esther’s death. You were quite the pair! You were so committed to each other. We appreciated our visit with you last summer when we brought over some fresh produce. It was good to get reacquainted with your grandson Dylan who was visiting you at the time. I have fond memories of us sharing an office next to you in the Old Hort Building for so many years. Esther was always ready with a good story and something to make us laugh. We will miss her. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Love, Bernie & Pat and family

Karen Spitler
March 29, 2011 at 10:10 am

Dear family of Esther, I am so sorry about your loss. Esther was a wonderful person who had a great family and unconditional love for all. I knew Esther and George through Marsha and Jessie. She always treated me with kindness and made me feel a part of the circle that she loved so much. She will be dearly missed and I feel blessed to have known her. Your in my heart today and always,Love Karen My family sends you love and sympathy for your loss, they did’nt know Esther, but they knew she raised a wonderful daughter and helped to give Jessie his solid foundation to move forward in todays world. GREAT JOB ESTHER, have a safe journey.Kathy,Kelly, Shannon


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