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Friday, November 18, 2011

Violet L. Esch, 90, a long-time resident of the Bradford Ecumenical Home and former resident of Derrick City, PA

Violet L. Esch, 90, a long-time resident of the Bradford Ecumenical Home and former resident of Derrick City, passed away Thursday, November 17th, 2011.

Born February 4, 1921, in Yates Center, KS, she was a daughter of the late George Franklin and Lillie Belle (Turner) Withers.

Mrs. Esch graduated in 1939 as the salutatorian of her class at Yates Center High School.

On February 20, 1942 she married Charles Esch who preceded her in death.

She had worked in the accounting office for MacMillan Bloedel Containers Incorporated in Fernwood, MS and also along with her with her husband Charles, owned and operated a dairy farm in Magnolia, MS.

In 1965 she moved to Bradford and was employed as a bookkeeper for City Motors Lincoln Mercury for several years. Violet also owned and operated Pembrooke Kennels and Groomery in Derrick City for more than 30 years.

She is survived by five sons; Donald (Carol) Esch of Pittstown, NJ, Robert (Ann) Esch of Bradford, Larry (Linda) Esch of Charlottesville, VA, David (Christine) Esch of Lewes, DE, and Richard (Lisa) Esch of Bradford, one daughter Connie Alford of Magnolia, MS., seventeen grandchildren, twenty four great grandchildren and one nephew Marvin (Sarah) Withers of Burlington, KS. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, a brother Clarence Withers and two sisters Wanda E. Withers and Roma R. Withers.

At the family's request there will be no public visitation. A private funeral service will be held at the Hollenbeck-Cahill Funeral Homes, Inc. for family. Graveside services and burial will be in Yates Center Cemetery, Yates Center, KS.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Bradford Educational Foundation, Violet Esch, Memorial Scholarship Endowment for Pre-Veterinary, 300 Campus Drive, Bradford, PA 16701 or Tuna Valley Trail Association P.O. Box 1003 Bradford, PA 16701.

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