Esther J. Wilcox

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Willard OH 44890 12/9/2017 10:00:00

Willard OH 44890 12/9/2017 13:00:00

Esther J. (Bauer) Wilcox, age 82 of Willard, Ohio passed away Saturday, December 2, 2017 at the Willows at Willard. She was born November 7, 1935 in Willard, Ohio to the late Karl and Edith (Snyder) Bauer. She graduated from New Haven High School and from Ashland College. She was an active member of the Trinity Lutheran Church in Willard where she was the organist for more than 68 years. She started playing at that same church before she graduated from college in 1948 till retiring in 2016. She was also the current director of the choir and bell choir at the church. She was a member of the Girl Scouts for many years and the Willard Bicycle Rodeo Program with the City of Willard for more than 30 years. Esther was recognized by the Willard Jaycees as citizen of the year in 1978. She taught kindergarten for a few years before becoming music teacher in the Willard City Schools. She retired from the school and taught private piano and organ lessons for more than 30 years. She enjoyed music most of all and her other interests were reading and crocheting. What Esther enjoyed the most was being with her family and grandsons.
She is survived by her husband of 59 years, Roger Wilcox of Willard; daughter, Patty (Bill) Alford of Willard; 3 grandsons, Brock (Jenny) Alford of Louisville, KY, Tyler and Zach Alford of Willard; brother, Earl (Phyllis) Bauer of Willard; sister-in-law, Ruth Wilcox of Willard; numerous nieces and nephews.
She is preceded in death by her parents, Karl and Edith Bauer;; sister, Ellen Darron; brothers, Claude and Wayne Bauer; niece, Virginia Bauer; 2 sisters-in-law, Pearl and Ruth Bauer.
Visitation will be Saturday, December 9, 2017 from 10:00 A.M. to 1:00 P.M. at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Willard, where the funeral will be Saturday at 1:00 with Pastor Janet Wittenmyer officiating. Burial will follow at the Maple Grove Cemetery in New Haven, Ohio. Memorial contributions may be made to Stein Hospice or Trinity Lutheran Church. Online condolences may be made to the family at


Mick O'Brien - Dec 11, 2017

To Roger and family,
Very sorry for your loss. You are in our prayers and thoughts.
Mick O’Brien and family.j

Abby Kline - Dec 9, 2017

I am so sorry to hear of Esther’s passing. I was just thinking about her the other day. She made a huge positive impact on my life as a piano teacher and as a neighbor. I will always remember her with love and admiration. Sending love your way!

Ken Carpenter - Dec 8, 2017

Roger, Patty, and Family
I’m very sad and sorry to hear of Esther’s passing.
Many great memories of Esther! Very talented and wonderful lady
Carpenter Family

Wendy Daniel - Dec 7, 2017

Thoughts and prayers to the family of Esther. She will be remembered for her talents and gifts she shared with others. May you find comfort through your faith, family and friends.

Dave Van Laar - Dec 6, 2017

Roger, Prayers to you and the entire family. May the God of All Comfort speak His words of encouragement to you all as He welcomes Esther to her eternal home. I can only imagine the joy she now knows as a perfect organist for that heavenly choir. I know Esther was a tremendous support for you all the years you spent taking care of those in some kind of trouble, both day and night. She was always there for you. I saw first-hand how you appreciated her. I also remember when we awarded Esther the Citizen of the Year award. It was such a pleasure to honor her for all she did for Willard. Esther was truly a servant to her fellow man and most importantly to our Eternal Father. May God now bless you and the entire family.
Rev. David and Carol Van Laar

Marsha Ganni - Dec 6, 2017

Patty, Bill, Brock, Tyler and Zach, So sorry to hear of Esters passing. Remembering seeing her on her daily walks by my house. You all our in my thoughts and prayers. God Bless, Marsha Ganni.

Pr. B.A. "Tim" Christ - Dec 5, 2017

Heartbroken at hearing the news of Esther passing from the Church Militant to the Church Triumphant. My prayers are with Roger and the whole family. Esther was a mentor and friend when we shared organ duties at Trinity while I was in high school; and someone I always looked forward to visiting with when I had an opportunity to be back in Willard and worship at Trinity. Rest eternal grant her, O Lord, and may light perpetual shine upon her.

Sandee Neeley Melcher - Dec 4, 2017

This is such a loss as I just ran into Esther in October visiting my parents. I spent many nights as a child growing up with their family as neighbors. Patty and I were good friends and I also worked with her husband Bill at Sutton Bank for a short time. A lot of great memories with Mrs. Wilcox and family. She will surely be missed by many

Bob and LaVonne Ayres - Dec 4, 2017

We were sorry to hear the sad news about Esther. She was a wonderful lady who will be missed by many.
May God grant strength and comfort to the Wilcox and Alford families for the difficult days ahead, and fond memories for the rest of your lives.

Tammy Martin - Dec 4, 2017

Roger, Patty & Family:
My deepest sympathies to you. Esther was such a positive musical influence & I’ll always be grateful for her patience with me as she painstakingly taught me The Messiah for 2 1/2 years in high school. I was also very appreciative of her kindness to play the piano for Dad’s funeral. She will be missed. You will be in my prayers during this time of grief now and in the holiday season.

Gene Osborn - Dec 4, 2017

Roger, Patty and Families,
I am just so sorry for your loss. Every time I think of Ester I remember the good times–like her first “Whole” lobster at a restaurant with my parents many years ago in Florida. And she never failed to remind me of that experience every time I saw her for the next 40+ years! And she always called to make sure I received my “Wilcox Garage” calendar! What a great personal friend and wonderful person!

Johanna Beebe - Dec 3, 2017

Roger, So sorry to hear of Esther’s passing. May the good memories stay with you.
Johanna Beebe

Pam Lucas Dwight - Dec 3, 2017

I’m so sorry to hear of Esther’s passing. Wishing you peace and comfort.

Denis & Roberta Rapp - Dec 3, 2017

Our deepest sympathies for your loss. Esther was a nice lady who will be missed. God Bless