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Esther S. McFarland

January 3, 1930June 29, 2020

Esther S. McFarland, 90, of Boyertown, wife of Paul C. McFarland, passed away in the morning of Monday June 29, 2020 in the Pennsburg Manor. Born in Hazny, Montana, she was the last surviving child of Elsa Elise (Enzman) and Erich Franz Straube. She was a graduate and class officer for the class of 1947 of Boyertown High School. She also served on many class reunion committees. Esther was a member of St. Luke Lutheran Church, Gilbertsville, where both she and Paul served as advisors of the Luther League youth group from 1968 to 1978. Esther also served as a director for St. Luke Knolls for over 17 years. In the early 1960s, she devoted her time as leader of Brownie Troop #25 in Gilbertsville. Esther was a career banker. She began in 1947 as a secretary at Farmers National Bank, Boyertown, a fore-runner of Bank of Pennsylvania. In 1969, she was named assistant manager of the Boyertown Plaza Office and was named assistant treasurer the following year. She was promoted to manager of the Boyertown Plaza Office in 1972, manager of the commercial loan operations department in 1978 and assistant vice president in 1981. In 1986, she was promoted to vice president. She last worked for the Bank of Pennsylvania as vice president of commercial loan operations, retiring in 1992. Esther’s passion was counted cross stitch. She won blue ribbon awards at the Oley Fair for her superior creations. She teamed up with her brother, Gordon, who did all her framing. In addition to her husband, she is survived by her daughter, Marcia A., wife of David L. Stark of Boyertown, 3 step-grandchildren, 4 step-great grandchildren and one step-great great grandchild and sister-in-law Betty Straube. Esther is predeceased by her twin brother Gordon J. Straube. Funeral services will be private at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Esther’s name to Pennsburg Manor Activity Fund, 530 Macoby Street, Pennsburg, PA 18073 Online condolences may be made at www.lwottfuneralhome.com


  • Paul C. McFarland, Husband
  • Marcia A. Stark (David L.), Daughter
  • Christopher D. Stark (Tanya), Step-grandson
  • Shannon Augustine (Matt), Step-granddaughter
  • Steve Cassady (Suzanne), Step-grandson
  • Betty Straube, Sister-in-law
  • Erich Franz Straube, Father (Deceased)
  • Elsa Elise (Enzman) Straube, Mother (Deceased)
  • Esther is also survived by four step-great-grandchildren and one step great-great granddaughter. She was predeceased by her twin brother, Gordon J. Straube

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  • Pennsburg Manor Activity Fund


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Esther S. McFarland

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Terry and Charlene Starr

July 1, 2020

Dear Paul and Marcia:
We were saddened by the news that Esther was called home. She was such a kind neighbor who always had a friendly hello and never a complaint. Her kindness revealed her character and reminds us of how fast time passes by. We will certainly lift you up in prayer for God's loving hands to comfort you in His special way during this difficult time as your hearts mend over her passing. With sincerest condolences:

Terry and Charlene Starr

Alicia Borowski

July 1, 2020

Esther McFarland was a very lovely, smart, fun loving woman. Her daughter, Marcia, was once married to my brother and that is how I became acquainted with the family.
I so admired her career as a banker and her devotion to her family. It was only recently where I received one of her beautiful cross stitch pieces from Marcia. What an amazing talent Esther had! The piece is so pretty and is hanging in my home.
I wish the family great comfort and strength in the days ahead. Cherish the special memories of Esther and carry on in her great spirit.


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