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Katie and family, I was so sorry to hear of the loss of your mother. It's never easy as I found out in 2004. Your Mom was a great influence on me at the Dollar Bay high school. She was her own person and I loved her home ec. class. I remember cooking "million dollar Salmon casserole" with canned salmon and we got caught a few weeks later with dirty dishes. With my sympathy, Kathy K

Posted by: Kathleen Hellman Kilponen    Dec 06, 2010

I knew Ken Heafield from Doelle, and so I so I too grieve at the loss your family shares.

Stewart Keskitalo

Posted by: Stewart Keskitalo    Nov 22, 2010

I worked with Esther at Handy High School in the 1970's and later would see her occasionally at church functions. Judy (Knopp) Obey would bring her to dinners at Christ UMC and we would visit. I always loved to see the beautiful dresses she made. They were perfect, and this from a former Home Ec. teacher! Please accept my sympathy.

Posted by: Julia Hulka    Nov 10, 2010

My sincere condolences to Katie and family. I have many fond childhood memories of Ester Heafield during their time in Ripley. It is hard losing a mother. My your memories keep her close in your heart.

Most sincerely, Judy and Ed English

Posted by: Judy English    Nov 07, 2010

Mrs. Heafield made a lasting impression upon my life. As her student at Doelle, she significantly impacted my choice of career. In fact, she was so concerned by my initial decision to find a position in a business office after graduation that she took me and the poems I had written to Michigan Tech to see her husband. They both encouraged me to become an English teacher. I followed their advice! Please accept my sincere condolences. She was truly a caring person.

Posted by: Earl Kaurala    Nov 05, 2010

I'm sorry to hear of Esther's passing, but celebrate her 96 years here on earth. My friends and I rented the house in Houghton for several years back in the 80s while studying at MTU. We couldn't believe how fortunate we were to stay in such a wonderful home. Every time I return to the area, I always drive by to reminisce.

Posted by: Pete Larson    Nov 05, 2010

I'm so sorry to hear of Esther's passing. She was a wonderful person; I know you all will miss her greatly. So many of my memories of home (Ripley, the Upper Peninsula) are tied up with her, the beautiful house up above Houghton, and the camp near Dollar Bay. Please hold on to your joyful memories of her during this very sad time.

Posted by: Dave Van Dyk    Nov 05, 2010

I will always remember what an interesting woman my Aunt Esther was! Times spent with her were always memorable - and fun! She had that dry sense of humor just like her Mother and a profound sense of getting things done - in the right way! On the other hand, she would surprise you and joke around when you least expected it;-) I always admired the way she was always doing something worthwhile and oh how she loved her wonderful

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Posted by: Patti Smith    Nov 05, 2010

Dear Pat, Dave and family:

I was so sorry to hear about your loss. Grandma Esther was wonderful, wonderful woman. I have so many great memories of her from summers up here in Dollar Bay. I remember her lovely house up on the hill by the tower, with the tire swing. Catherine and I always looked forward to visiting her when she was up here. I always felt privileged to have an "adopted" grandmother. Her loss will be felt

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Posted by: Donna (Schmitt) Kezele    Nov 03, 2010