Ester Mark (1930 - 2014)

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Ester (Holmstroem) Mark

Holden, MA - Ester H Mark, 83, of Holden, MA passed away peacefully at home, on Thursday, August 7, 2014, surrounded by her loving and devoted family after a brief period of declining health.

She was born October 30, 1930 to August and Marie (Oja) Holmstroem in Rapla, Estonia.

She is survived by her five children: Dr. Victor W. Mark and his wife, Sandy, of Birmingham, AL; Dr. Karen I. Mark of Bloomington, IL; Loraine K. Marinone and her husband, Dan, of Holden; Kathryn M. Pellerite and her husband, Peter, of Leominster; and Pamela A. Waugh, and her husband, Bill, of Eureka, MO; and stepson Eric Mark of New York, NY and 9 grandchildren: Joyela Cooper; Adam, Ryan and Amanda Pellerite; Timothy, Michelle and Renee Marinone; and Brian and Amy Turlington. She was predeceased by her brother, Henry Holmstroem in 2011.

Ester was employed by Roswell Park Memorial Institute in Buffalo, NY, as a chemical researcher for almost 30 years. She cherished the annual family Thanksgiving celebrations in which her children and grandchildren from throughout the country gathered to celebrate this special time together. She enjoyed reading, handicrafts, gardening, and keeping in touch with loved ones in the US and her beloved Estonia through letters, phone calls and Skype. She regularly attended worship services at Holden Chapel, and loved reading her Bible each day. She was fluent in several languages and liked learning and communicating throughout her full life. She participated in the Pen-Pal program at Mayo School for several years. A generous soul, her final gift was the donation of her body to the UMass Anatomical Gift Program to further medical research and education.

The family would like to thank VNA Care Hospice for the excellent care and comfort given to Ester during her illness.

A memorial service will be held at the convenience of the family at a future date. There are no calling hours. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the (www.cancer.org/donate) or to Holden Chapel (279 Reservoir St., Holden, MA 01520).

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Published in Worcester Telegram & Gazette from Aug. 9 to Aug. 10, 2014
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