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Esther Thomas

Esther Mae Thomas (Martin)

Monday, September 7th, 1931 - Friday, January 10th, 2020
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Obituary

Esther Mae Thomas, age 88, of Three Oaks, died peacefully, Friday, January 10, 2020 in the presence of her family.

Esther was born September 7, 1931 in Three Oaks, Michigan, the youngest of eight children, to Arthur and Bessie Martin. She married Gerald “Jerry” Thomas, Sr. November 4, 1951 in Benton Harbor, Michigan. He preceded her in death on January 25, 2015.

Esther played piano for Sunday School at Three Oaks United Methodist Church, of which she was a member for many years. She had a green thumb and loved her flowers and plants. She enjoyed quilting, knitting, and crocheting. Esther loved to cook and later continued this by cooking for gatherings and functions in the area.

Esther will be greatly missed by family and friends. She is survived by four daughters, Debbie Thomas of Alexandria, Indiana, Jeanie (Bruce) Hauch of Sawyer, Cheryl Thomas of Three Oaks, Dawn Cooney of Apache Junction, Arizona; four sons, Dave (Gloria) Thomas of Three Oaks, Roger (Karen) Thomas of South Bend, Indiana, Gerald (Fawn) Thomas, Jr. of Lebanon, Illinois, Mark Thomas of Three Oaks: twenty one grandchildren; several great grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.

In addition to her parents and husband of sixty-three years, Esther was preceded in death by one son, Paul Thomas; two sisters, Juanita Dickey, Ruth Warren: and five brothers, Wade Martin, John Martin, Bill Martin, Bob Martin, and David Martin.

Family and friends will gather Wednesday, January 15, 2020, from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., in Pobocik Chapel Wagner Family Funerals, 106 Ash Street East, Three Oaks. Funeral services will be held Thursday, January 16, 2020, at 11:00 a.m. in Three Oaks United Methodist Church, 2 East Sycamore Street, Three Oaks, with The Reverend Brenda Ludwig officiating.

Mrs. Thomas’ remains will be laid to rest beside her husband in Posey Chapel Cemetery, LaPorte, Indiana.

The family prefers contributions be made in Esther’s memory to Spring Creek School Restoration Fund, c/o Three Oaks Township Hall, 6810 US Highway 12, Post Office Box 55, Three Oaks, Michigan, 49128.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Pobocik Chapel Wagner Family Funerals, Three Oaks.
Please share a memory or a message online: wagnercares.com.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Wednesday, January 15th, 2020 | 4:00pm - 7:00pm
    When
    Wednesday, January 15th, 2020 4:00pm - 7:00pm
    Location
    Pobocik Chapel Wagner Family Funerals
    Address
    Address Not Available
    Family arriving at 3:00 pm
  • Service

    Thursday, January 16th, 2020 | 11:00am
    When
    Thursday, January 16th, 2020 11:00am
    Location
    Three Oaks United Methodist Church
    Address
    Address Not Available
    Officiant
    The Reverend Brenda Ludwig
  • Interment

    Thursday, January 16th, 2020 |
    When
    Thursday, January 16th, 2020
    Location
    Posey Chapel Cemetery
    Address
    Address Not Available
    Laporte, Indiana
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Private Condolence
LM

Linda Mangold

Posted at 09:33am
So glad our 'Boots' is whole again, has her memory back and safe in heaven. Missing and loving her so much!!! Keeping you all in our prayers in the days to come...
W

William Cooney

Posted at 02:48pm
Grandma was such a sweet and kind caring mom and I really enjoy knowing her and having the pleasure to talk with her, God bless you Rest In Peace.
JL

Janet Keefer Lagness

Posted at 01:50pm
To the Thomas Family, my thoughts and prayers for you today. I will always remember your Mom as being the kindest person.
My sincerest sympathy to each of you...
Janet Keefer Lagness
FM

Fredrick Martin

Posted at 11:19am
Hugs and Love to the Thomas Family on the passing of dear Aunt Esther. Aunt "Boots" was always the sweetest person; always with a sparkle in her eyes and a smile on her face. She gave the biggest hugs too! Now we can all rejoice that she is reunited with Uncle Jerry and all her heavenly family.
M

Marge Korbel-Cornwell

Posted at 04:09pm
So very sorry to hear of your Mother's passing. She is with Jerry and all the other neighborhood now. RIP Esther and prayers to the family.

The Korbel Family
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