OBITUARY

Lucille Louise Kestler

August 29, 1926April 15, 2021
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At the age of 94, Lucille Louise Kestler passed away peacefully on April 15th, 2021. She was born August 29, 1926 in Bartholomew County to Luther Valentine Ault and Esther Charlotte Cristina Nienaber. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Charles (Bill) William Kestler, who passed in 2006 and her newborn daughter, Mary Jane.

Lucille was a devoted mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and great-great grandmother. She is survived by her three sons, Carl (Linda), George (Mary) and John (Elizabeth); Six grandchildren: Joshua Kestler (Lesley), Briana Ferrenburg (Rodney), Valerie Waters (Nick), Grace Kestler, Hannah Shaffer (Dillon) and Noah Kestler; Great-grandchildren: Makayla and Paige Kestler, Cameron and Madison Barton; Gabby Ferrenburg, Zach and Sam Ferrenburg; Andrew, Lynn and Carrie Waters; Great-great grandchildren: Laiken Ann Lowe and Leighton James Bell.

Most importantly to her, Lucille was a woman of strong faith. She attended St. Peter’s Lutheran School and was confirmed in 8th grade. As a life-long member of St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, she was active in the church as part of the Bible Class, Couple’s Club, Mary Martha and much more. She was truly a servant to the community and her family.

Lucille graduated from Columbus High School in 1944 and married Bill on November 22, 1945. She then started her career as a school bus driver. She spent 40 years driving and being a constant in many children’s lives. She was a 4-H leader for over 30 years to the girls in the “Happy Go Getters Club”. All of her children and many grandchildren were involved in 4-H. While Bill helped the kids with the livestock projects, Lucille was the teacher for the cooking projects! In her kitchen, you learned quickly about the right way to measure ingredients and the importance of sifting flour. Lucille loved the 4-H Fair, including chairing the 4-H St. Peter’s Food Stand. She and Bill would spend hours catching up with old friends, while watching the kids show livestock. Throughout her life, you could find Lucille tending to her chickens on the farm, planting and canning vegetables and spending time with her grandchildren. She cooked from scratch and made sure every Sunday was family dinner. Her Red Velvet Cake, Spaghetti and Tomatoes and Strawberry Jam were favorites.

Lucille also spent time volunteering with the Bartholomew County Farm Bureau, Love Chapel and Harrison Township Volunteer Fire Department/Omelet Brunch. Lucille was born, raised a family, and lived in the same home her entire life. She impacted many lives far and wide and will be greatly missed.

Visitation will be held on April 20th from 4:00-8:00 p.m. at Hathaway-Myers 1022 Pearl St, Columbus, IN 47201 A Service will be held on April 21st at 11:00am at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, 719 5th St. Columbus, IN with viewing one hour before from 10:00-11:00 a.m. Memorials may be given to St. Peter’s Lutheran Church “Together We Live” campaign for the “Den” (Gym).

  • FAMILY

  • Carl Kestler (Linda), Son
  • George Kestler (Mary), Son
  • John Kestler (Elizabeth), Son
  • Joshua Kestler (Lesley), Grandson
  • Briana Ferrenburg (Rodney), Granddaughter
  • Valerie Waters (Nick), Granddaughter
  • Grace Kestler, Granddaughter
  • Hannah Shaffer (Dillon), Granddaughter
  • Noah Kestler, Grandson
  • Makayla Kestler, Great Grandchild
  • Paige Kestler, Great Grandchild
  • Cameron Barton, Great Grandchild
  • Madison Barton, Great Grandchild
  • Gabby Ferrenburg, Great Grandchild
  • Zach Ferrenburg, Great Grandchild
  • Sam Ferrenburg, Great Grandchild
  • Andrew Waters, Great Grandchild
  • Lynn Waters, Great Grandchild
  • Carrie Waters, Great Grandchild
  • Laiken Ann Lowe, Great-Great Grandchild
  • Leighton James Bell, Great-Great Grandchild
  • Lucille was preceded in death by her parents, Luther Valentine Ault and Esther Charlotte Cristina Nienaber Ault; herhusband, Charles (Bill) William Kestler, who passed in 2006; and her newborn daughter, Mary Jane.
  • PALLBEARERS

  • Joshua Kestler
  • Briana Ferrenburg
  • Valerie Waters
  • Grace Kestler
  • Hannah Shaffer
  • Noah Kestler

Services

  • Visitation

    Tuesday, April 20, 2021

  • Additional Visitation

    Wednesday, April 21, 2021

  • Funeral Service

    Wednesday, April 21, 2021

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Lucille Louise Kestler

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Marion Robinson

April 19, 2021

So sorry for your loss! Looks like Lucille had a big family that loved her a lot. Lucille use to sit with me, Earline, and Jackie in her earlier years at the 8am church service. What a lovely lady who will be truly missed. Rest in peace, Lucille.


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April 19, 2021

You're memory will forever live on and your kindness for me will forever remain special!

35 years ago you was my bus driver while I was in Kindergarten at Southside Elementary! Youre memory has forever became the story of my life and a lesson for me to teach others about kindness! Thank you for taking great care of me when you knew I was a little feller struggling at home kindergarten thru 6th grade and for all the talks, inspiration and guidance you gave me while in elementary school!

You touched many of children's lives over the years in more ways than anyone can ever imagine!

My heart goes out to your family!

shelia fish

April 19, 2021

Condolences to the family Lucille was a wonderful lady. Yes I remember the Happy Go Getters who welcomed me when we moved to Columbus I was 15. We lived for the fair all summer; fun times God bless. The last time I talked with Lucille we were discussing persimmon pulp for her Thanksgiving dinner and that was not long ago.

Linda Hardwick Curd

April 18, 2021

I had the pleasure of working with Lucille. She was an inspiration to all young and old. R.I.P.

Donna Day-Mount

April 18, 2021

Lucille was my 4-H leader for 16 years and was such a good teacher and great friend! She encouraged us all. I never ever seen her when she wasn't smiling and always remembered our names.
She will have a special place in heaven.

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