She was born May 23, 1944, in Warsaw to Fred and Mary Jane (Thomas) Schaetzle. She married Thurl Kester on March 7, 1965, in Bourbon, Ind. She was a 1963 graduate of Bourbon High School and served as office manager for her and her husband’s business, Kester Electric. She was a former Gold Wings member.
Mrs. Kester is survived by her husband: Thurl Kester, Warsaw; two sons: Steven Thurl (Christine) Kester, Warsaw; and Wm. Clyde Kester, Lakeville, Ind.; a daughter: Laura (George) Stidams, Warsaw; a step-son: Steven Michael (Sherri) Lee, Columbia City, Ind.; 10 grandchildren: Stephanie, Krista and Steve Jr. Kester; Clyde and Darian Kester; Joshua and Luke Kats; Timothy, Cody and Jennifer Lee; four great-grandchildren: Hunter, Payton, Airrona and Logan; a brother: Herb Schaetzle, Bourbon; and two sisters: Carolyn Hanley, Bourbon; and Shirley (Ron) Beatty, Bourbon.
She was preceded in death by an infant brother: Jack Schaetzle; and an infant sister: Gwendalyn Schaetzle.
Visitation will be from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, June 14, at Titus Funeral Home, Warsaw. Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, June 15, at the funeral home with Rev. Mark Cottrill of United Pentecostal Church, Bourbon, officiating. Burial will follow at Oakwood Cemetery, Warsaw.
Memorials may be made to a charity of choice or simple acts of kindness may be done for others.