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Esther Marie Cummings, age 98, formerly of Sterling, IL, passed away peacefully at her home in Tigard, Oregon, on Thursday morning, May 3, 2018, following an extended recovery period from a broken hip. She was born on April 20, 1920, in Charlotte, Iowa, and married Albert L Cummings on July 30, 1938, in Clinton, Iowa. She lived her life solely for her family and was happiest when she was doing something for others.

Esther was preceded in death by her parents Charles & Katherine Mangelsen; six brothers: Carl, Alvin, Donald, Henry, John and 1 still-born brother; six sisters: Irene Davis, Helen Bach, Emma Hook, Bernadine Pestka, Alta Cummings, and Evelyn Hellweg; her husband Albert Cummings; one son Dennis Cummings; one son-in-law Thomas Oles; and one great grandson Adryan Bruesch.

Esther is survived by one daughter Patricia Oles; one daughter-in-law, Rochelle Cummings; eight grandchildren, 17 great grandchildren, 4 great great grandchildren, and her dog, Cody.

A memorial service had taken place at Zion Lutheran Church in Newberg, OR, May 9, 2018. A second memorial service will be held at Messiah Evangelical Lutheran Church in Sterling, IL, at 11 AM on Saturday, May 19, 2018, after which, her cremated ashes will be interred with her husband at Oak Knoll Cemetery in Sterling, IL. Esther looks forward to celebrating her 80th wedding anniversary this summer together with him in Heaven.