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Esther B. Burggrave

October 7, 1924 – April 28, 2015


BurggraveEsther B. Burggrave, 90 of Monroe died at at 7:18 pm Tuesday at Brookdale Senior Living Claire Bridge while under the care of Heartland Hospice. She had been in poor health for one year.     

 Family and friends may call from 2 to 8 pm Friday at the Rupp Funeral Home where a Rosary service will be held at 7 pm She will lie instate 9 am Saturday at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, with the the Mass of the Resurrection at 10 am. Rev. James Smalarz will officiate with entombment to follow at St. Joseph Cemetery.

Born October 7, 1924 in Monroe, she was the daughter of William and Eliza (Radcliff) Geno. She married Alfred H. Burggrave on May 23, 1945 at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church. He preceded her in death on May 23, 2008.

Esther was employed at the Willow Run Bomber Plant during World War II, then the J.C. Penney Store,  the Lutheran Home and St. Mary Motherhouse.

She was a member of St. John Church, and a former member of the Altar Society.

Surviving are her children James (Linda) Burggrave and Shirley (Glenn) Smith both of Newport; brother Joseph (Rosemary) Geno of Toledo; ten grandchildren; thirty-three great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, siblings Margrette Fuerstenberg, Lillian Bomia, Anna Marie St.Bernard, James Geno, William Geno, Mildred Pierce and Elizabeth Jackson.

Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.

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3 Responses to Esther B. Burggrave

  • Sally and Paul Van Slambrouck says:

    Shirley, Jim and families – I was saddened to hear of Aunt Esther’s death, although I know she is now without pain. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you during this time of your loss. Paul and I are still in Florida and I am so sorry I will not be able to attend the services in your support. Our love, Sally and Paul

  • Joann Clendening says:

    Shirley ,Jim and Family so sorry for your loss she was one of my special aunts you had a wonderful mom she will be missed .Love you guys we are in fl yet but my heart and prayers are with you. Joann and Tim

  • Jan Marie Rappold says:

    Shirley and Family ,it’s been many years since I have seen your parents or you they were both Special,sorry for the loss of your Mom , I know she will be missed,my prayers to all of you . God Bless Jan M. Rappold (Florida)

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