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Barbara L. Esckelson
  • Vassar First United Methodist Church
    133 N. Main St.
    Vassar, MI 48768
  • The Vassar Food Pantry

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“Aunt barb was always about family and friends.she was the mediator of the family... I will always love and remember her...she will be missed.........Read More »
1 of 11 | Posted by: steve schumacher - bay city, MI

“I only knew Barbara a short time, while waiting on her at Chase Bank. I loved her from the moment I met her. I will miss her smile and wisdom. She...Read More »
2 of 11 | Posted by: Nancy (Balcer) Hall - Millington, MI

“She had a beautiful spirit and was a great friend . ”
3 of 11 | Posted by: doris Kennard - vassar, MI

“I will miss Barb. She was /is a great person. Now maybe she knows the answers to all the questions we had in the study of Revelation. My thoughts...Read More »
4 of 11 | Posted by: Joann Helmbold - Vassar, MI

“Barb was one of the most positive and encouraging women I knew. She always had a smile and a warm greeting whenever she saw me. She worked very hard...Read More »
5 of 11 | Posted by: Sandy Sheppard - Linden, MI

“We are so deeply sorry for your huge loss. Praying for strength & healing during the coming days. May you find peace in knowing that Barb left a...Read More »
6 of 11 | Posted by: Tim & Carol Brown - Vassar, MI

“Our sincere condolences to the entire family for your tremendous loss. You are in our thoughts and prayers. ”
7 of 11 | Posted by: Nancy Wasczenski - Groveland, MI

“Thoughts and Prayers to the Esckelson Family. ”
8 of 11 | Posted by: renee aymer - millington, MI

“Barb will be greatly missed, One of the kindest hearts we know. Always there with a hug and a kind word. Enjoy Heaven Barb you have earned it. ”
9 of 11 | Posted by: Carol & Gary Wilcox - Vassar, MI

“So sorry to hear this news. Couldn't have asked for a better neighbor growing up or for Gretchen after she bought the old homestead (not to mention...Read More »
10 of 11 | Posted by: Karen Oprea - Vassar, MI

“My heart and prayers to Uncle Lee, Connie, Clif, Scott and families. Aunt Barb was one of the kindest individuals I have ever known. Always a smile...Read More »
11 of 11 | Posted by: Teri Hill - Davison, MI - Family

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Barbara Louise Esckelson passed away peacefully at her home in Vassar on Sunday, February 14, 2016 at the age of 76. She was born on February 23, 1939 in Sebewaing, Michigan, the daughter of the late Elmer and Mary (Gayari) Schumacher. Barb was an active member of the First United Methodist Church in Vassar and was blessed with a wonderful church family. She liked to bake, knit and read. Mostly, however, she was happiest when she was helping others and spending time with family.

Barb is survived by and will be missed greatly by her loving husband, Lee, of nearly sixty years. They were married on February 25, 1956 in Vassar. She will be lovingly remembered by her children, Cliff (Debbie) Esckelson, Connie (Tino) Piazza and Scott (Linda) Esckelson; grandchildren, Scott (Vicky) Esckelson, Kristina (Brian) Wood, Gabrielle and TJ Piazza and Brianna Esckelson; and great-grandchildren, Lee and Jack Esckelson. Barb is also survived by and was truly blessed to be loved greatly by her siblings, Jack (Frieda) Schumacher, Connie (Bob) Gangler, Elmer Jr. (Sharon) Schumacher and Roy (Bev) Schumacher, as well as many truly special, loving and supportive sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, nieces, nephews and friends. Barb was preceded in death by her sister and brother-in-law, Marilyn and Willie Diebel, a brother, Harry Schumacher, great-nephew, Bill Roemer and daughter-in-law, Laura Esckelson.

A Memorial Service is planned for 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, February 18, 2016 at the Vassar First United Methodist Church, 139 N. Main St. in Vassar. The Rev. Cathy Christman will officiate. The family will greet friends at the church on Thursday from 10:00 a.m. until the time of the service and immediately following the service at the luncheon. In lieu of flowers, those desiring may make contributions to the Vassar First United Methodist Church or the Vassar Food Pantry. Funeral arrangement are entrusted to the Penzien-Steele Funeral Home, 149 N. Main St. in Vassar.