Esther H Alexander

Esther H Alexander, 93, of West Bend, passed away on Wednesday, May 28, 2008, at Cedar Lake Health and Rehabilitation Center.

She was born on April 29, 1915, in Greenfield, Mass., the daughter of Clarence A. and Edith (Bristol) Wicks.

She was a graduate of Northfield School in Greenfield, Mass. and Russell Sage College in Troy, N.Y.

On Sept. 4, 1936 Esther was united in marriage with Egbert Eugene "Gene" Alexander Jr. They raised their family of five daughters in Branford and Stony Creek, Conn,

Esther was a physical education teacher.

Following their retirements, the couple moved to Naples, Fla. where Esther lived for 22 years.

Gene passed away in 1986, and in 1998 Esther moved to Cedar Ridge in West Bend to be near her daughter, Lee.

Esther was a very intelligent and strong woman who excelled at bridge, cribbage and Scrabble and loved watching baseball games.

When in Florida, she loved to attend spring training games in Ft. Myers.

She had a beautiful alto voice and shared her love for music in numerous choirs and choruses.

Her daughters all learned to knit, sew, cook and garden under her guidance.

Esther was a member of Peace United Church of Christ in Kewaskum.

She is survived by four daughters, Lee Van Camp (Ray) of Fountain Hills, Ariz. and formerly of Port Washington, Jan Lyford (Joe) of Pueblo West, Colo., Ruth A. Thurlow (Cornel) of Burlington, Maine and Marcy Alexander of Bremen, Ga

She is further survived by 15 grandchildren and 22 great-grandchildren.

Esther was preceded in death by her husband; a daughter, Nancy Kustra; her parents; three brothers, Philip, Carl and Arthu; four sons-in-law, Edward Kustra, Cornel Thurlow, Ted Makris and Ray Van Camp; and a granddaughter, Rebecca Van Camp.

Esther will be cremated. Memorial services will be private and arranged by the family.

Memorials are suggested to the Nature Conservancy, Heifer International, Cedar Community or a charity of the donorís choice.

The Eernisse Funeral Home of Port Washington as assisting the family with arrangements.

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