ELKHART — Esther D. Young, 75, of Elkhart, died Thursday, Jan. 24, 2019, at Elkhart General Hospital.
She was born to the late Merlin H. Anderson and Pauline E. Barger on July 19, 1943, in Elkhart. She married Ralph E. Young in Athens, Ohio, on Oct. 9, 1993. He preceded her in death on June 5, 2006. Esther was also proceeded in death by her brothers, Johnathan, Joel and Peter, sister Pamela Sickels and her granddaughter Stephanie M. Asire.
Esther graduated from Elkhart High School. She was a homemaker, employed by Nibco for 2 ½ years and a custodian for Elkhart Community Schools for 16 years, retiring in 2008. Esther was a member of Elkhart Church of Christ, serving on the Funeral Committee and teaching preschool Sunday school. She also enjoyed being an Avon representative.
She leaves to cherish her memory, sons Donald (Joann) Cramer of Goshen, Timothy (Julia) Cramer of Elkhart, Mark (Tina) Cramer of Niles, Michigan, John Cramer of LaPorte, Luke (Carol) Cramer of Cassopolis, Michigan; daughter Robin (Scott) Asire of Martinsville, Indiana; 13 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren; brother Robin Johnson of Suffolk, Virginia; and sisters Phyllis Yazzee of Pocatello, Idaho, and Shirley Horrace of Nampa, Idaho.
Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 31, at Hartzler-Gutermuth-Inman Funeral Home. The Rev. Neal Milliman will officiate the funeral service at 11 a.m. Friday, Feb. 1, at Elkhart Church of Christ with burial at Carleton Cemetery
Memorial donations can be made to American Heart Association, Greater Midwest Affiliate, 3816 Paysphere Circle, Chicago, IL 60674 and Elkhart Church of Christ, 29222 C.R. 12, Elkhart, IN 46514.
Online condolences may be sent at www.hartzlergutermuthinman.com.