|Birth: ||Dec. 5, 1927|
|Death: ||Jan. 15, 2012|
Rock Island County
ERIE, Ill. — Esther A. Bartels, 84, of Erie, died Sunday, January 15, 2012, at Genesis Medical Center-Illini Campus, Silvis. Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, January 19, at the Erie United Methodist Church. Visitation will be from 3 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at Gibson Funeral Home, Erie, with an Eastern Star Service tentatively set for 7 p.m. Burial will be in Erie Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Shriner's Hospital, Erie United Methodist Church or Erie Ambulance Service.
Esther was born December 5, 1927, in Portland Township, Prophetstown, Illinois, the daughter of William and Hazel (Upton) Franks. She married Donald Bartels on November 15, 1947, in Davenport. He preceded her in death in January 2002. Esther worked for Paul Carlson Insurance Agency in Erie from 1960 to 1983. She then began work for the Village of Erie and served as the Village Clerk for 14 years. She was a member of Erie United Methodist Church and Evangeline Chapter of the Order of Eastern Star. She enjoyed golfing and doing needlepoint work. Esther was so proud of all of her grandchildren.
She is survived by her daughter, Kristi Jo Ernst, Eldridge; son, W. Curtis Bartels, Hillsdale, and his friend Nancy Tervelt of Sterling, Ill.; sisters and their spouses, Lois (Ralph) Black, Hillsdale, Faye (Milt) Davis, Naples, Fla., Joyce (Max) Anderson, Monmouth, Ill., and Vera Hansen, Belvidere, Ill.; brother and sister-in-law, Loren "Buzz" (Rita) Franks, Erie; six grandchildren, Stacy (Mickey) Carson, Dr. Zack (Britt) Bartels, Paul (Brandy) Ragona, Angela (Mark) Brimmer, Matthew Ernst, and Eric Ernst (Stephany Harris); and 10 great-grandchildren, McKayla, Liberty, Josie, Andrew, Ethan, Alyson, Anthony, Joe, Tyler, and Elise. She was preceded in death by her husband, daughter-in-law, Laura Bartels, sisters, Fern Fuller, Maxine McKibbon, Dorothy Thomas, Rae Franks, and a brother, Darrell Franks.
William Leroy Franks (1888 - 1955)
Hazel Mae Upton Franks (1894 - 1969)
Donald George Bartels (1921 - 2002)*
Darrell D Franks (1912 - 1983)*
Fern Isabelle Franks Fuller (1915 - 2004)*
Maxine M. Franks McKibbon (1917 - 1984)*
Rae Franks (1920 - 2002)*
Dorothy A Franks Thomas (1922 - 1999)*
Esther A. Bartels (1927 - 2012)
Created by: Charles
Record added: Jan 17, 2012
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