Esther M. Gesterling

Esther M. Gesterling, 81, formerly a Beverly resident, died Friday (June 28, 2013) in Port Charlotte, Florida, after suffering a massive stroke.

She was born Jan. 21, 1932, in Morgan County, Ohio, to Dale and Dorothy Rex Gilliland. She was a 1950 graduate of Manchester High School and in 1987 graduated from Mountain State College. Esther retired from Kardex Systems in Marietta in 1991 and after moving to Florida, worked as a travel and rental agent. She had been a member of the Beverly Methodist Church and was a 60 plus year member of OES Chapter, Valley #19 in McConnelsville.

Esther is survived by her husband, Norman Gesterling; sons, Bradley Hoover and Marvin “Butch” Hoover, both of Beverly; daughter, Beth Goldhardt of Westerville, Ohio; stepson, Eric Gesterling (Monica) of Tampa, Fla.; 11 grandchildren, Grant (Kelly) Goldhardt, Shawn (Lisa) Cline, Bryan King, Troy (Seneca) Wolfe, Kelly Hill, Corey Hoover, Casee (John) Holloway, Chad Crumbaker, Audrey Gesterling, Maggie Hoover, Abby Hoover; 13 great-grandchildren; a sister, Ruth Miller of Newark; and a brother, David Gilliland (Shirley) of Waterford.

She was preceded in death by the father of her children, Richard Hoover; and her second husband, Ambrose Cahill; son-in-law Ron Goldhardt; a sister, Joan Eickel; and grandchildren, Crystal Hoover and Brian Goldhardt.

Funeral services will be held at the Marietta Chapel of Cawley & Peoples Funeral Home at 11 a.m. Wednesday (July 3, 2013) with the Rev. Don Archer officiating. The family will greet friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday. Burial will be in Mound Cemetery in Marietta.

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