LORAIN - Esther Montes, 80, of Lorain, passed away Friday, June 28, 2013, at her home in the presence of her loving family, while under the care of New Life Hospice.
She was born Feb. 9, 1933, in Ciales, Puerto Rico, to the late Antonio Rosario and Ambrosia Zayas. In 1955, she came to Lorain, where she resided her remaining life.
Esther was a very active member of Sacred Heart Chapel, including a member of the Society of Ladies of the Rosary, and being a lector and choir member of the church. She also was involved with the Cursillos de Christiandad and was a Profesora of the Cursillos.
An accomplished seamstress, Esther owned and operated "Midway Bridals by Esther" in Elyria for many years, retiring in 1998. Prior to owning her own business, she was employed as a seamstress at Joseph and Feiss and Dalton Industries, both in Lorain.
Esther volunteered her time with the American Heart Association and the March of Dimes. She enjoyed sewing, gardening, cooking, music and was an avian enthusiast, raising and breeding cockatiels for many years.
She is survived by her devoted husband, to whom she would have been married to for 62 years on November 17, Carlos I. Montes Sr.; her children, Maria de los Angeles (Edwin) Roman of Lorain, Carlos Ismael (Barbara) Jr. of Rockledge, Fla., Juan Antonio (Gina), of Miami, Fla., Jose Rafael (Debra) of Lorain, Migdalia Ambrosia "Yayi" (Kevin) Helsley of Elyria, Esther Isabel (Bill) Rufo of Lorain, Olga Milagros (Daniel) Foushee of Westervlle and Ruben Elias of Columbus; 14 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; her brothers, Felix Rosario and Antonio Rosario and her sister, Sara Gonzalez, all of Lorain.
She was preceded in death by her brother, Evelio Rosario; and her sisters, Dorin Rosario and Rosa Morales.
The family will receive friends from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, July 2, in the Dovin and Reber Jones Funeral and Cremation Center, 1110 Cooper Foster Park Road, Amherst. Closing prayers will be said at 8:45 a.m. Wednesday, July 3, in the Funeral Center followed by Funeral Mass at 9:30 a.m. at Sacred Heart Chapel, 4301 Pearl Ave., Lorain. The Rev. Fr. William Thaden, Pastor, will officiate.
Contributions, if desired, may be made to
, Cleveland Area Chapter, 38440 Chester Road, Avon, OH 44011 or www.alz.org.
Family and friends may leave online condolences for the Montes Family at www.dovinreberjones.com.