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 www.secorfuneralhomes.com.