In loving memory of

Esther Marie Totsch
October 17, 1931 - September 8, 2020

Esther Marie Totsch, age 88, of Quincy, IL, passed away Tuesday, September 8, 2020, in Blessing Hospital in Quincy.

Esther was born October 17, 1931 in Bloomfield, IL, the daughter of John and Helen Woodworth Hamilton.

Esther graduated from Gem City Business College and went on to work at T.H. Bueter's Baking Company. She was later employed in the office of Niemann Foods for over 30 years, until her retirement. Esther was a gentle souled person to anyone she met. She was a member of Lutheran Church of St. John in Quincy.

Survivors include: a daughter, Nancy Totsch of Quincy; beloved son in law Kirk Duesdieker of Quincy; four grandchildren, Christopher (fiancée Suzanne Wear) Duesdieker, Nicole (Scott Emerick) Duesdieker, Sara (Will Mitchell) VanBlair, and Tyler (Danielle Sutton) VanBlair, all of Quincy; seven great grandchildren, Jameson Emerick, Zach VanBlair, Harley VanBlair, Andrew Stieker, Faythe Kelley, Makynzee VanBlair, and Mikayla Sutton; a sister Viola Todd of Mt. Vernon, IL; two brothers, Lee and Bill (Rhonda) Hamilton both of Quincy; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Esther was preceded in death by her parents, a daughter Cindy Duesdieker, a brother John T. Hamilton, and two sisters, Betty Lewis and Alva Barnes.

Services: A memorial service will be held Saturday, September 12 at 11:00 am in the Lutheran Church of St. John in Quincy with Rev. Steve Hayden officiating. Please bring a face mask if you plan to attend this service.

A private burial will take place at a later date in New Providence Cemetery in Ursa, IL.

Memorials: Lutheran Church of St. John

Hansen-Spear Funeral Directors are in charge of arrangements.


Rebecca "Becky" J. (Woodworth) Smith wrote on Sep 10, 2020:

"Nancy and family: We were sorry to hear about Esther's passing from Bill Hamilton, as she was my father's (Marshall Woodworth) niece. But we are glad we had been able to see and talk to her at the other family members' funerals and memorial services this past year of my dad's nephew, nieces, and great-niece. My dad told me that he remembered when his only sister/Esther's mother Helen and family lived in Bloomfield. He's sorry to lose another niece, but she had a good life just like the other family members and was so kind to everyone. We'll see you Saturday. Uncle Marshall Woodworth of Quincy, IL Mark and Cousin Becky (Woodworth) Smith of Pittsfield, IL"

Marlene Churchill wrote on Sep 10, 2020:

"I would always stop and speak to Esther as I was visiting my mother on 4th floor at Sunset..I will miss her beautiful smile..God Bless.."