Dennis M. Esterle, 71, of Chatham Twp., passed away peacefully surrounded by his family Sunday, February 24, 2013, at Summa Barberton Hospital, after years of declining health. He was born in Lodi, February 18, 1942, to Michael G. and Lillian B. (Packard) Esterle and lived his entire life in the Chatham and Lodi area.
Dennis worked in the early 1960’s at United Dairy, 39 years for Bennett Tire in Lodi, and part time for Kauffman Tire in Seville, retiring in 2005.
He is survived by his wife, Rita (nee Shearer) to whom he was married for 45 years; daughter, Denise (Jack) Oueslati of Lodi; son, Matthew (Margaret) Esterle of Akron; loving grandchildren, Lee Banks, Kayla and Matthew Esterle of Akron, Mohammed and Sophia Oueslati of Lodi, Dylan Kovach of North Royalton; sister, Judy Zsarnay of California; brother, Mike (Judi) Esterle of Westfield Center; many nieces, nephews and their families; special loving friends, Don and June Neel and family, Russ and Mary Ellen Gortner and family; special sisters, Sandy Gray and family, Sherry Ullom and family; special brother, Denny (Sharon) Scott; special granddaughters, Josie Gardner and Tess Goodrow.
He was preceded in death by his parents; son, Mark W. Esterle.
Denny was a loving, kind, thoughtful man and will be greatly missed.
Funeral service will be Friday, March 1, 2013, 11 A.M., at the Parker & Son Funeral Home, 210 Medina St., Lodi, OH. Father Ron Bryda and Tom Fisher will officiate. Burial will follow at Chatham Cemetery. Visitation will be Thursday, February 28, 2013 from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 P.M., at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the family in care of the funeral home.
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