Esther L. Blocher, 81

Esther L. Blocher, 81, North Manchester, passed away at 4:54 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 5, 2017, in Lutheran Hospital, Fort Wayne. 

She was born Dec. 22, 1935, in Wabash County, to Orville E. & Mae E. (Niccum) Metzger. On Sept. 21, 1957, she married Billie G. Blocher. 

She was a homemaker, farmer's wife and retired from Heckman Bindery after many years of service.  She was a wonderful wife, mother and grandmother. 

She is survived by her husband, Billie G. Blocher, North Manchester; sons, Larry J. (Loretta) Blocher, North Manchester, Loren E. (Brenda) Blocher, Akron, and Lynn A. (Wendy) Blocher, North Manchester; daughters, Lorraine K. (Marlin) Spurrier, North Manchester, Louise J. (David) Nordmann, North Manchester, and Leisa J. (Kris) Kerlin, North Manchester; brothers, Max (Irene) Metzger, Silver Lake, and Wilmer (Janet) Metzger, North Manchester; 16 grandchildren, six step-grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren, 18 great-step-grandchildren and seven great-great-step-grandchildren. 

One son, Lowell Blocher, four brothers, Leon Metzger, Eldon Metzger, Delmar Metzger and Mark Metzger, two sisters, Catherine Metzger and Leona Accord and one great-grandchild are deceased. 

Family and friends may call Wednesday, Nov. 8, 2017 from 3-5 & 6-8 p.m. at McKee Mortuary, 1401 State Road 114 West, North Manchester, IN and one hour prior to calling on Thursday. 

Services will be Thursday, Nov. 9, 2017, at 10 a.m. at McKee Mortuary, 1401 State Road 114 West, North Manchester.

Larry Cripe and Richard Brovont will officiate.  Burial will be in North Manchester Old German Baptist Brethren Cemetery, North Manchester. 

For those who wish to honor the memory of Esther Blocher, memorial contributions may be made to Wabash County Cancer Society, PO Box 144, North Manchester, IN 46962.

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Posted on 2017 Nov 07