Monday, September 28, 2015
3:00 PM EDT
South Martin Cemetery
10th Street
Martin, MI 49070

Between 112th and 114th Avenue. South of 114th.



At the family's request memorial contributions are to be made to those listed below. Please forward payment directly to the memorial of your choice.

First Presbyterian Church
321 West South Street
Kalamazoo, MI 49007
(269) 344-0119
Web Site

Kalamazoo College
1200 Academy Street
Kalamazoo, MI 49006
(269) 337-7000
Web Site


Below is the contact information for a florist recommended by the funeral home.

Plainwell Flowers
117 S. Main
Plainwell, MI 49080
(269) 685-8055
Driving Directions
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River Rose
(269) 692-3951

Life Story / Obituary


Passed away September 14, 2015 at Borgess Medical Center in Kalamazoo, MI. Esther was born May 11, 1922 in St. Cloud, Minnesota, the daughter of Arthur J. and Mary (Gorthy) Anderson. She grew up in South Bend, IN and graduated from James Whitcomb Riley High School where she played flute in the high school band. In 1944 she graduated with a BA degree from Kalamazoo College. Esther lived for many years in the Washington, DC area where she was employed by the United States government. She retired in 1978 as a cryptologist after 33 years with the National Security Agency. In 1994 she moved to Kalamazoo. Esther had long been interested in gardening and the outdoors. She began welcoming wildlife to her new garden area in Kalamazoo and in 1998 her property was certified as a Backyard Wildlife Habitat by the National Wildlife Federation. She was a member of the Grow and Show Garden Club. Esther was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Kalamazoo. A longtime knitter, she knit many caps for newborns to be contributed to local hospitals as a church project. She was preceded in death by her parents. She is survived by cousins Ruthann Summers of Vermontville, Rachel Zimmer of Portland, and Frank (Muriel) Gorthy of Evart. Following her wishes, cremation has taken place and a graveside service will be held at 3p.m. Monday, September 28, 2015 at South Martin Cemetery. (South of Martin on 10th St. in between 114th and 112th) Memorial gifts may be directed to the First Presbyterian Church of Kalamazoo or to Kalamazoo College. Arrangements by Life Story Funeral Homes, Plainwell.