Esther F. Fox of Van Wert, Ohio, passed away on November 1, 2014 at her residence. She was born January 15, 1914 near Montpelier, Ohio, to Emerson and Ida (Ricketts) Haines. On June 2, 1935 she married Harmon J. Fox and he preceded her in death in 1998.
Esther was a retired 5th grade teacher at Union Township School of Van Wert, Ohio in the Crestview School District. She was an avid quilter and loved sewing. Her biggest influence on others was sharing her Christian faith. Esther was a member of Pleasant Chapel United Methodist Church since 1948. She served on many committees for the church and taught Sunday School for more than 60 years.
Esther is survived by children Danny G. (Karen Knudson) Fox, Ithaca, New York; David L. (Carol) Fox, Lake Wales, FL; Gloria B. (Larry) Wendel, Van Wert, OH; Jeanne F. (Jim) Rosendahl, Washington Court House, OH; 13 grandchildren and 34 great grandchildren.
In addition to her husband, Esther was preceded in death by one son, Harmon D. Fox, brother Clarence Haines, and sisters Lelah Herriman and Zelma Agnew.
Visitation for Esther will be from 6-8 PM on Tuesday, November 4, 2014 at Alspach-Gearhart Funeral Home & Crematory in Van Wert, OH. Services will be at 10 AM on Wednesday, November 5, 2014 at Pleasant Chapel United Methodist Church also in Van Wert, OH. Graveside services will be held at 2 PM on Wednesday, November 5, 2014 at the Edon Cemetery, Edon, OH.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial donations be made to the Van Wert County Foundation and Community Health Professionals Inpatient Hospice Center. Online condolences may be expressed at www.alspachgearhart.com