Edythe Cervenka (Edie) Esser

Edythe (Edie) Cervenka Esser Resident of Concord Our Wonderful Mom Born and raised in San Pablo and experienced a wonderful lifetime of 88 years. Her strongest prides were her five children (Cindy, Jody, Wendy, Jonny and Shane), her job at the shipyards in her early days and being a school bus driver while raising her five kids by herself. Her memories of her working at the shipyards were recorded by UC Berkeley Oral History Library (thank you Sam) memor-ializing her "Rosie the Riveter" status forever in American History. Mom also worked at Treasure Island's soda fountain and she's told she served Tony Curtis (Navy) before he was famous. He took a shine to her and even wanted to leave his stored Buick for her to drive and keep the battery up while he was overseas. But she was already married. When her five children were young, being a single parent, she became employed as a School Bus Driver in Concord so she could have the same hours as her kids. She always chose to stay on the same route every year so she could watch her little passengers grow over the years. We have boxes of Handmade Gifts from the kids; she saved every one, even after all this time. Mother of six (Lindy died two days after birth) Edie raised her five kids by herself imprinting in us: strong personalities, great work ethics, common sense and that the cup in life can always be half full. She was a very happy person, a good listener, game for anything, and she loved her family in her own words "very, very much!" Peacefully entering into passing on from Leukemia, leaving us so sadly behind for now, we will often miss you with our random waves of memories as time unfolds. And we will always love YOU mom, "very very much". Memorial Service 4:00pm, Saturday, April 2 at Tabernacle Baptist Church, 4380 Concord Blvd., Concord, CA.

Published in Contra Costa Times from Mar. 31 to Apr. 2, 2011