GASTONIA - Esther Thelma Lecher, 91, passed away March 24, 2013, at Alexandria Place in Gastonia.
She was born May 7, 1921 in Luzerne County, Pa., the daughter of the late Charles and Lillie Cole Lahr.
On Sept. 18, 1947, she married Robert E. Lecher Sr., who passed away in September of 1999.
Esther spent the majority of her adult life as a loving, devoted and understanding wife, mother and grandmother. Earlier in her life she worked as a welder in the Philadelphia shipyards during World War II, and for several years owned and operated Esther's Beauty Shoppe. She enjoyed cooking, baking, bowling, playing cards, crocheting, listening to music, volunteering at her church, visiting with her many friends and spending time with her family.
Esther gave unconditional love and acceptance to everyone she met and will be missed by all who knew her. She was a member of Lowell Methodist Church in Lowell, N.Y.
Mrs. Lecher is survived by her sons, Robert Jr. and Linda Cheesman of New Orleans, La., and Douglas Lecher and wife Shelley of Gastonia; grandchildren, Robert III, Ryan, Lezlie, and Amanda; great-grandchildren, Joseph and Madison Lecher, Dylan Goss; sister, Vilma Ripa of Binghamton, N.Y.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her brothers, Charles, John, Edward, Warren, William; sisters, Margaret, May, Lillian, Amanda, Phyllis; son, Kyle David.
Arrangements are with the South Chapel of Greene Funeral Service and Crematorium, Gastonia.
A guest registry is available at www.greenefuneral.com.