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Obituary for Esther J. Wikman

Born: May 16th, 1929
Passed Away: November 26th, 2015


Esther Julia Wikman (Lillmars), 86 years, went to Heaven on November 26, 2015, Thanksgiving Day in Muskegon. There will be no visitation per her request. There will be a gathering of her family and friends at the beach next summer 2016 to remember Esther.

Esther was born on May 16, 1929 in Muskegon, MI to Arne and Signe Lillmars. She was a Muskegon High School graduate in 1947. She worked as a dental assistant prior to her marriage to Howard Wikman on January 16, 1955. They have three children, Susan, Bruce and Craig all of whom graduated from MHS along with their parents. She loved Tiger baseball, Michigan football/fight songs, Lake Michigan and family hot-dog roasts there and also at Mona Lake. Esther loved to laugh and telling jokes, she talked your ear off and told of her five grandchildren of whom she was so proud. She was a very giving person, loved making Swedish coffee bread until the kneading became too hard for her and then her son in law, Glen, took over and kept her freezer full so she could hand out a loaf to whomever came to visit both at home and at Knollview the last few months. She always made sure her family was fed. " Have you eaten?" was asked a lot. She loved talking about her babysitting years (Elizabeth and Eric), her extended family, niece Kay and Dave (Eppe) who helped so much with her hair and health, and their children.

She talked a lot about the past years, losing her mother and brother early in her life and her dad later on and then her sisters and their husbands, one by one. She felt the loss of her dear friend Elinor Christensen a year ago, and several dear friends she'd kept in touch with by phone. She took such good care of our dad at home until he passed in 2004. She kept in touch with her children, grandchildren, extended family and Dads family, sisters, Grace and Ruth, and brothers Ivan and Roland and wife Linda via the phone. She lived in the same house at 229 W Larch Ave for all of her life and her marriage to Dad. She was comfortable there, it was her safe haven but did leave to take vacations to Bear Lake, the UP, and Detroit for Al Kaline Day with her family. She and Dad also traveled to Kentucky for Craig and Jeanines' wedding in 1995, Colorado when her first grandchild, Josh, was born in 1987, saw her brother Paul and his wife Mary there too and to Missouri a few times with Dad and by herself, driving and flying, neither of which she was used to doing. She flew at age 82 to Missouri for Christmas. She loved Christmas, and everything about it, the excitement, the laughter, the surprises, and the tears. And as a woman of faith, she knew it was Jesus' birthday. The last few months of her life, she looked forward to her homegoing, telling us stories of scenes in her mind, people she saw. She was so ready to see her Lord, her husband, parents and siblings. Her favorite chorus that she sang a lot in the last few months was, "When we all get to Heaven, what a day of rejoicing that will be! When we all see Jesus, we'll sing and shout the victory." And now she is there singing and rejoicing! And those of us who know the Lord, will see her again.

Esther fell at home in August of 2015. She underwent two surgeries in the span of 6 weeks to fix her broken hip. She spent the rest of her life at Heartland Knollview.

Esther was preceded in death by her husband, Howard, parents, three sisters, Mildred, Ruth and Gladys and one brother Einar.

Esther is survived by her brother, Paul (Mary) Lillmars of CO, her three children and spouses, Susan and Glen, of Missouri. Bruce and Vicki, and Craig and Jeanine of Kentucky. Her five grandchildren, Joshua, Bethany, Caleb, Micah and Jacob. In lieu of flowers, please donate to Ponybird, #1 Ponybird Lane Mapaville MO 63065 and Senior Resources 560 Seminole Road, Norton Shores MI 49444

The family wishes to thank family and friends who visited Mom in the hospitals, and at Knollview, she loved all of you, the flowers, the cards. We'd like to thank the staff of Heartland Knollview and hospice for their care of our beloved mother and their support of her family.


It seems as we near the end of life's day We stop and look back along the way. Remembering those souls who with a smile Touched our hearts and made life worth-while.

And those who with a tender embrace Dried the tear drops on our face, And with a twinkle in their eyes, Made us laugh when we wanted to cry

I wonder if anyone out there remembers me, For some act of sympathy, Or soft words whispered in the night. When their hearts were torn with fright.

Or did I live only for me, with no thought of the misery, Those around me faced each day, As they traveled down life's way.

I think not for it was these, Who when I stumbled to my knees, Set aside the cross they bore, And helped me to my feet once more.

So I would live my life as they, Helping others day-by-day. And when our journey here is o're, We will meet again on another shore.

And so it will continue until the day, The Master comes and we hear him say, "Your journey is over, please take my hand, I'll lead you to the promised land".

Then will our hearts with rapture sing, As we join our hands and form a ring, To sing and dance to his love evermore, Over on the "other shore"

Paul A. Lillmars Nov. 2003

Jesus said to his disciples, “Don’t be worried! Have faith in God and have faith in me. There are many rooms in my Father’s house. I wouldn’t tell you this, unless it was true. I am going there to prepare a place for each of you. After I have done this, I will come back and take you with me. Then we will be together. You know the way to where I am going.” John 14:1-4

With all your heart you must trust the Lord and not your own judgment. Always let him lead you, and he will clear the road for you to follow. Proverbs 3:5-6

God is the one who began this good work in you, and I am certain that he won’t stop before it is complete on the day that Christ Jesus returns. Philippians 1:6