ESCANABA - Esther Pauline Brannstrom-Forslund-McGee went to her eternal home in Heaven on Thursday, Oct. 11, 2012, at 7:30 p.m. at the Bishop Noa Skilled Nursing Facility where she was a resident.
Her mother, Estella; father, Carl; brothers, Arnold and Hilding; and her husbands, Harold and Joseph; grandson, Brian; and great-grandson, Kyle; were there to greet her and bring her home to Jesus.
Esther leaves her daughter, Christine (Warren) Groleau of St. Jaques; son, Richard (Jackie) Forslund of Rock; granddaughters, Vicki (John), Lori (Scott), Patti (Kenneth), Carrie (Darrin), Cheri, Amie (Matt); grandson, Dean (Shelly); great-grandchildren, Eddie, Michelle (Jeff), Dylan, Matthew, Averie, Oliver, Finn, Annie (Luke); great-great-grandchildren, Chase, Mikkayla, Chance, Jeffery, Kinzie, Kyler and Liam; brother, Lloyd (Laverne), Deloris (Robert); nieces, nephews, cousins, neighbors and special friends and her dog, Jackson; her husband Joe's stepdaughter, Peggy; and stepgranddaughter, Vallie were special children in her life as well.
Esther Pauline Brannstrom-Forslund-McGee
Esther was born Sept. 23, 1917, in Ensign and grew up there on the family farm. She completed eighth grade in Rapid River Public School and accomplished her GED high school diploma when she was in her late 60s.
As a young woman in her early 20s she began her working career as a waitress at the Swedish American Club in Chicago. She worked as a caterer and then went on in later years to cook at St. Francis Hospital in Escanaba. After retiring she worked with the Older Americans Program as an aide at the Rapid River Elementary School, with the Senior Companions program and then as a clerk at the US Forest Service Escanaba office.
She was a lifelong member of Calvary Lutheran Church in Rapid River; she participated in retreats at Marygrove Retreat Center and belonged to the Garden-Nahma Ultrea Community. Esther was also a member of the Vasa Order group that works to preserve Swedish Heritage in America. She supported and enjoyed the Rapid River Senior Center and especially enjoyed working with her husband Joe on family histories and genealogy.
Esther enjoyed the outdoors; especially camping and fishing. She appreciated nature and the beauty of God's creation of flowers, animals and people.
She loved children and always had time and treasure to share with them. She had the most beautiful smile that lit up her whole face and being. So many will remember her for her kind and gentle ways of being present to them.
Esther's pastimes included the fine arts especially oil painting and photography. She was well know for her many letters and cards and her special gift of saying exactly the right words at the right time.
While she will be dearly remembered and missed by all her family and friends she has now completed her work here on earth and will always be our special angel ready to lovingly welcome us home.
Visitation will be held from noon to 2 p.m. Monday, Oct. 15, at the Calvary Lutheran Church in Rapid River. Funeral services celebrating the life of Esther Forslund McGee will be held at 2 p.m. Monday at the Calvary Lutheran Church with Rev. Stephen Gauger officiating.
Burial will take place in the Rapid River Cemetery.
A luncheon will be served following the services in the church fellowship hall. The Anderson Funeral Home is assisting the family and online condolences can be sent to the family at www.andersonfuneralhomes.net.