OBITUARY

Esther Ann Straus

October 21, 1933March 31, 2019
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Esther Ann (Simmer) Straus passed away at home on Sunday, March 31, 2019. Esther was born in Beal City, Michigan, on October 21, 1933. After graduating, she worked at several jobs before marrying Arthur Straus and moving to DeWitt in 1955. She raised two sons while taking up a sales & bookkeeping job at Hilding Office Supply in Lansing. She retired after 30+ years and started a craft business making Santa Claus dolls, teaching doll-making classes, and selling them at craft & artisan shows around the state. She was always active in her church, St Jude's in DeWitt. She was a good neighbor whose door was always open to friends & relatives. She was a wonderful grandmother to three grandchildren. She will be missed by all.

Esther is survived by her sons Gary (Natasha) Straus of Northville and Bill (Cindy) Straus of Dewitt; grandchildren Davis (Bill & Cindy), Katya and Daniel (Gary & Natasha); several sisters and brothers; numerous cousins, nieces, nephews and their children. She was preceded in death by her loving husband Arthur in 2007.

Visitation will be held Friday, April 5, 2019 5pm-8pm at Gorsline Runciman Funeral Homes, 205 E Washington St, Dewitt, MI 48820. The funeral service will be held at 11:00am on Saturday April 6, 2019 at St Jude Catholic Church, 801 N Bridge St, Dewitt, MI 48820 with visitation one hour before the service. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the American Cancer Society: 1755 Abbey Rd, East Lansing, MI 48823.

  • PALLBEARERS

  • Rod Dunneback
  • Davis Straus
  • Brian Mead
  • Lonnie Block
  • Eric Straus
  • Greg Simmer
  • DONATIONS

  • American Cancer Society

Services

  • Visitation Friday, April 5, 2019
  • Visitation Saturday, April 6, 2019
  • Funeral Service Saturday, April 6, 2019
REMEMBERING

Esther Ann Straus

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Kurt Van Buren

April 6, 2019

My condolences to the family. I wish I could be there for support, however my thoughts and prayers are with you.
Kurt

Tom and Carole Bunting

April 6, 2019

I think Aunt Esther had the most positive disposition and nicest smile of anyone I've ever known. She is an inspiration to us all. Our condolences to all of her family and friends!

Laurena Hoffmeyer

April 4, 2019

I will always treasure the Santa doll I have made by Esther. I look forward to it every Christmas time.

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Biography

Esther Ann (Simmer) Straus passed away at home on Sunday, March 31, 2019. Esther was born in Beal City, Michigan, on October 21, 1933. After graduating, she worked at several jobs before marrying Arthur Straus and moving to DeWitt in 1955. She raised two sons while taking up a sales & bookkeeping job at Hilding Office Supply in Lansing. She retired after 30+ years and started a craft business making Santa Claus dolls, teaching doll-making classes, and selling them at craft & artisan shows around the state.
She was always active in her church, St Jude's in DeWitt. She was a good neighbor whose door was always open to friends & relatives. She was a wonderful grandmother to three grandchildren. She will missed by all.