Esther Collins, 94


Esther Collins, 94, of Hartford, passed away on Friday, Nov. 11, 2011 at Angel's Grace Hospice in Oconomowoc. 

Esther was born April 10, 1917, in Black River Falls to Olaf and Lena (nee Flaaten) Jacobson. 

Esther attended St. Lawrence Catholic Church. She was a long-time member of St. Patrick Catholic Church in Thompson where she had been on the Ladies Alter Society for many years. She was a member of the Hartford Senior Friends. Esther enjoyed baking, especially her chocolate chip cookies, crocheting and flower gardening. She was active in T.O.P.S. for over 30 years. Esther was a baseball fan and loved to watch the Brewers on television. 

She is survived by her children: Allen (Darlene) Ceshker of Slinger, Dennis (Mary) Ceshker of Mesa, Ariz. and Joyce Spinn of Milwaukee; her step-children: Peggy (Jerry) Kenealy of Hartford and Colleen (John) McGraw of Neosho; her daughter-in-law CC (Alan) Achterberg of Fond du Lac; her grandchildren: Angel, Bobby, Debra, Jeanie, Tricia, Shane, Jodi, Scott; her step-grandchildren: JJ, Jeff, Danny, Heidi, Kurt, and Kristi; her great-grandchildren: Jaime, Payton, Jack, Hanna, Madison, Carter, Callie, Grace, Olivia, Andrew, Cohen, Ramsey, Fletcher, Carley, Cooper, Jacob, Kiah, Kelsey, Megan, Brian and Charolette. She is further survived by nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. 

Esther was preceded in death by her husband Wilferd Collins, her son Gene Ceshker, three sisters, Laura (Martin) Bystol, Lillian (Orin) Bystol and Ona (Harley) Simonson, and two brothers Omar (Lavina) and Herman (Viola) Jacobson. 

Mass of Christian Burial for Esther will be held on Wednesday Nov. 16, 2011 at 11 a.m. at St. Patrick Chapel in Thompson, with Father David LaPlante officiating. Family will greet relatives and friends on Tuesday Nov. 15, 2011 from 4-7 p.m. at the Shimon Funeral Home, Hartford. Interment St. Patrick's Cemetery in Doylestown. 

Memorials to the charity of one’s choice is appreciated. 

Shimon Funeral Home is assisting the family. (262) 673-9500, www.shimonfuneralhome.com.