Esther L. Newcomer 94, passed away at the residence of her daughter Christina on Jan 05, 2013 after a short illness. She was born June 30, 1918 in Toledo, OH to Frank and Annie Keil. Esther lived in Toledo for 91 years before moving to Bakersfield. She was the youngest of 11 children who with her parents preceded her in death. Esther was admired by many and had a golden touch at everything she attempted. Her passions were gardening, award-winning flower arranging, sewing, cooking, reading, walking in the parks, and volunteer work among many. She always had a true spirit for adventure and when she was 80 years old she trekked across Canada by herself via train to Churchill, Manitoba on the western Hudson Bay to fulfill her dream to see the polar bears in their natural habitat. She finished her working career as the Secretary to the head of the Surgical Department of the former Medical College of Ohio. On the Monday following her retirement, she began delivering meals on wheels. She was always there when someone alone needed someone to watch over them, bringing home made soup and meals and cheerful conversation. Even with macular degeneration she “read” her books on tape and participated in the library book club and macular degeneration support group. But losing her sight was the most difficult thing she faced and significantly impacted her ability to do the things she loved.
She is survived by her daughter Christina and husband Nolan Maupin of Bakersfield, CA and Son John (Jake) and wife Judy Newcomer of Sylvania, OH. Esther will be missed by her family and friends.
The family wishes to thank the San Joaquin Community Hospital teams of the ED (especially Lorelei and Dr. Schmidt, Margo), Telemetry/Stroke Unit (Michelle, Challain, Rosa, Anita RN & CP, Amy RN & CP, Dahlia, Meiling, Judith, Esther, Allison, Anita, Christina, Chris PT, Tammy PT) Palliative Care (Suzanne, Dr. Spinello, Kimberly) and Cath Lab (Natalie and Mae) and Odyssey Hospice (David, Vontay, Judy) and Dr. Pineda, Dr. Bourji, and Dr. Singh for the tender care and concern provided to Esther and family.
Private services are pending. In lieu of flowers the family appreciates donations be made to The Sight Center of Northwest Ohio, 1002 Garden Lake Pkwy, Toledo, OH 43614 or Hospice.