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Esther D. Peters Hopkins

Esther D. Peters Hopkins Obituary

Esther D. Peters Hopkins, 95, passed away peacefully at home Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2021.

She was the beloved wife of the late William John Sr.; and loving mother to William John Jr.; Susan (Carl) Rodzewich; Dianne (Craig) Failing; devoted Grammy of eight grandchildren; and one great-grandchild expected soon; dear sister of Harold (Helen) Peters.

She was preceded in death by brothers, Woodrow, Roy, Herbert; and sisters, Ethel, Viola and Margaret, all born to Byron Scott and Florence (nee Markle) Peters in Kingston.

As a young graduate of Kingston High School, Esther traveled to Philadelphia to live with her sister, Ethel, to work for Signal Corps as a secretary and receptionist during World War II. During this time, Esther attended a dance at Harveys Lake, where she met her future husband of 54 years. Their love of dancing continued throughout their marriage. They could often be found doing the polka at the TK Club in Conshohocken or perhaps slow-dancing together in a restaurant in which they were dining, whether or not a dance floor existed. She loved her ice cream at night or a bowl of fruit and was rarely seen without her lipstick, Persian Melon 585.

Esther was a dedicated and caring full-time mother of her three children, providing warmth, unconditional love and a never-ceasing pleasant demeanor. Her gentle and loving nature was evident, whether it was an endearing hug, a missing button to be sewn, volunteering at the school library or a nightly well-balanced meal representing all food groups. Her excellent cooking and baking skills were appreciated by family and friends. She was also a faithful and loving companion to her husband, Bill, even agreeing to go fishing on their honeymoon. Bill and Esther spent countless weekends foraging for wild mushrooms and berries in the woods and fishing. Their children agree that they have more pictures of fish, mushrooms and berries than any others. Their family especially enjoyed spending vacations in Sweet Valley, in a little cottage beside a pond, enjoying the simple pleasures of swimming, boating, fishing, hiking and good home-cooking.

Later in life, Esther joined the workforce again for International Computaprint Corporation for 18 years, where she made many friendships with her "lunch bunch,' as a dedicated proofreader and editor of dictionaries, phone books, patents and the like. Thankfully, she used her spelling and proofreading skills to assist her children in their school work.

Relatives and friends are invited to Esther's viewing from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Saturday in St. Genevieve's Catholic Church, Flourtown. Her Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 11 a.m. and will also be live streamed on the "St. Genevieve Flourtown" YouTube Channel.

Interment will be at George Washington Memorial Park.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in Esther's name may be made to St. Genevieve's Parish, Saint Mary Roman Catholic Church, Schwenksville, PA 19473, or the American Red Cross.


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