Warren, NH – Esther Irene Whitcher, 92, of Lake Tarleton Road, died February 21, 2012 at Lakes Region General Hospital, Laconia, NH. Esther was affectionately known to all in the community as “Gram.” She was born in Landaff, NH, October 27, 1919, a daughter of Bert and Eva (Moulton) Ball. For several years she worked at the former Lake Tarleton Club in Piermont, and later retired from the NH Home for the Elderly in Glencliff. Esther was a member of the Warren United Methodist Church, a member of more than 50 years of the Pythian Sisters, and a member of the Warren Historical Society. With her husband Edward, they served the Warren Village School for many years as its janitors. She was a former Supervisor of the Warren checklist, and for several years wrote news articles for the Plymouth Record Enterprise. Esther was known for her handwork of knitting, crocheting and sewing. She also enjoyed painting and crafts. Esther married Edward L. Whitcher on August 4, 1939 and he predeceased her on March 31, 1974. She was also predeceased by her children, Loralee Kennedy on April 9, 2007 and Leroy Whitcher on October 15, 2005; by three sisters, Anna Wood on February 22, 2007, Edna Brown, and Vera Libby; four brothers, Clifford E., Reginald A., Leslie A., and Herman G. Ball; and a brother in law, Eugene Whitcher on February 21, 2012. Survivors include her son in law, Nelson Kennedy, Sr. of Warren, NH, and daughter in law, Shirley Whitcher of Shelbyville, IN; grandchildren, Charlene Kennedy, Nelson Kennedy, Jr., and Lori Ann Sackett and husband Tim, all of Warren, Bill Runion and his wife Jackie of Columbus, IN, Jill Freeman of Shelbyville, IN, LeeAnn Whitcher Herriott of Shelbyville, IN, and Douglas Runion and his wife Toni of Chino Hills, CA; along with 16 great grandchildren; 14 great great grandchildren; a sister, Helen Whitcher of Warren; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins.
There will be no calling hours. A Celebration of Life will be on Saturday, Feb. 25, at 11 AM in the Warren United Methodist Church, with Rev. David Moore officiating. Spring burial will be in the Glencliff Village Cemetery. Memorial contributions can be made to either the Warren United Methodist Church or to the Warren FAST Squad.