Esther (Hoes) Heim, 101, passed away at Vallhaven Care Center in Neenah, Thursday, September 20, 2012. She was born July 9, 1911, in Coleman, Wisconsin, daughter of the late Henry and Frances (Heimerl) Hoes. She married George Heim in Bark River, Michigan; he preceded her in death in 1984. They moved from Escanaba, Michigan, to Marinette Wisconsin, and in recent years, she resided in Neenah.
Esther enjoyed spending time with family and friends, traveling and bus trips to the casino. Her peanut bars were a favorite treat for her grandchildren.
Esther is survived by her children: Eileen Vedra, Neenah; Robert (Barbara) Heim, Appleton; Patricia Hnilicka, Green Bay, and Barbara (Gordon) Firme, Florida; grandchildren: Mary (Ronald) Moriearty, Anne (James) Pankratz, John (Judy) Heim, Lori (Jay) Heinecke, Lynne (Mark) Enright, Michael (Brenda) Hnilicka, David Hnilicka, Dan (Wendy) Hnilicka, Kathleen (Kevin) Fugate. She is further survived by 17 great-grandchildren, one great-great grandchild; sister-in-law, Daisy Smith, and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was also preceded in death by her parents; her sons-in-law: Francis Vedra and William Hnilicka, and her sisters and brothers.
Mass of Christian burial for Esther will be held 11:00 A.M. Monday, September 24, 2012, at St. Margaret Mary Catholic Church, 620 Division St., Neenah, with Fr. Michael Ingold officiating. Interment will be at Forest Home Cemetery, Marinette, Wisconsin. Visitation will be from 9:00 A.M. until the time of the service at church. A memorial has been established. The family wishes to extend a special thank you to the staff at Vallhaven Care Center for their kindness and compassion over the past three years that Esther resided there.