Esther Sprenkel-Segel
1931 - 2016
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Esther L. Sprenkel-Segel
September 29, 2016
Wilmette, IL
Esther L. Sprenkel-Segel passed away late on Thursday, September 29, in Wilmette, following a brief illness.
Born in 1931, Esther lived a long and full life. With her husband, Ralph E. Segel, she enjoyed 56 years of marriage; three children, Dan, Ginger and Tanya; and nine grandchildren, who were her pride and joy, Sophie, Harry, Alex, Peter, Oscar, Charlie, Owen, Elle and Tate.
Esther was born and raised in York, where she served as valedictorian of her class at William Penn Senior High School and returned regularly for reunions. She went on to major in math at Goucher College and earn a doctorate in nuclear chemistry from the University of Rochester. She and Ralph met at Brookhaven National Laboratory on Long Island, where she did her thesis research with the Nobel laureate Ray Davis. Her career continued at Argonne National Lab and on the faculty at the Illinois Institute of Technology.
A graveside service at Prospect Hill Cemetery in York will be held on Sunday, October 9, 2016, at 12:45 p.m. Those attending should meet at the Pennsylvania Avenue entrance to the cemetery located at 1200 Pennsylvania Ave., York. A memorial service is being planned for next January near her home in Wilmette, Illinois.
Arrangements by the Etzweiler Funeral Homes and Cremation Service, 1111 E Market St., York.

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Published in York Daily Record on Oct. 4, 2016.
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October 11, 2016
I am so sorry for your loss. I recall with pleasure my conversations at two NSV dinners. Esther recalled with humor the conditions for dating Ralph. She also talked about the attractions of the home where they lived for many years. It was good to know her.
Joan Costello
October 11, 2016
Dear Ralph and Family,

CELEBRATING ESTHER...who graced your lives with her Love! We were always impressed with your Devotion to Esther, Ralph! The Thursday Night
Dinners will not be the same!
October 11, 2016
I am truly sorry to hear of your loss. I enjoyed Ester's company at the North Shore dinners.
Mary Stump
October 10, 2016
My deepest sympathy to you, Ralph, and all the family, on losing your partner of so many years. May it be a comfort to remember how much Esther contributed to her world, both professionally and personally. She will be remembered warmly by the many whose lives she touched.
Judy Levi
October 10, 2016
Our thoughts are with you and your family at this difficult time. May her memory be a blessing.

Jacki and Shelly Kimel
North Shore Village
October 4, 2016
Our condolences to Ralph ,the children and grandchildren. May God comfort you during this difficult time. We will miss seeing Esther out in the neighborhood. She was an amazing lady!
Brad and Mary Ann Whitmore
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