Hobart resident Esther Speaks, formerly of Chesterton, passed away on
Friday, June 18, 2010. She was 81.
She was born on February 27, 1929 in Uniontown, Pa. She was the beloved wife
of Kenneth C. Speaks, who preceded her in death on November 5, 1995.
She is survived by her children Kenneth E. (wife Janice) Speaks of
Schererville, Patricia (late husband Jack) Zaborowski of Valparaiso, Jeffrey
(Teresa) Speaks of Garfield, Ark., Kymberly Thiel of Hobart, Keith (Tina)
Speaks of Sartel, Minn., and Denise (Larry) Bross of Valparaiso;
step-daughter Roberta Ann Smith of Steubenville, Ohio; 21 grandchildren, 22
great-grandchildren; one great-great grandson; sisters Julia Henry and Marge
Burnsworth of Pennsylvania; sisters-in-law Hilda (late James) Speaks and
Tiny (late Eugene) Speaks and brother-in-law Jack (late Betty) Scott all of
Sebring, Fla.; and numerous loving nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by a son, Richard A. Speaks, on Jan. 9, 1990;
parents, Louis and Oma Swaney; and brothers and sisters.
Esther and her family moved from Wintersville, Ohio to Chesterton in 1966.
She lived there until she and Ken retired to Sebring, Fla. in 1990. After
Kenís death she moved back to Northwest Indiana to be closer to her family.
Earlier in life she enjoyed bowling and traveling to various tournaments.
More recently she enjoyed visits from her family and friends, watching the
Food Channel, playing the slot machines and Carribean cruising. She will be
greatly missed, especially for her unconditional love.
The family would like to thank the staff of VNA Hospice Centre in
Valparaiso. Memorials may be made in her memory to Visiting Nurse
Association Foundation, the American Diabetes Association or the American
Funeral services will be held Tuesday, June 22 at 11:00 a.m. at Calumet Park
Funeral Chapel, 7535 Taft St., Merrillville, with Pastor Mark Wilkins
officiating. Entombment to follow at Calumet Park Cemetery.
Friends are invited to meet with the family on Monday, June 21 from 4 to 8
p.m. at the funeral chapel. For information, call 219-736-5840.