Esther Rose Denney Vujevic
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Esther Rose Denney Vujevic
Esther was born March 18, 1922, on a farm in Fowler, the youngest of eight children of Jesse and Nellie Williams Denney.
As a child, on the farm where the family raised cows and chickens, Esther's task was to chill the milk, using the cool water from an ever-flowing artesian well, before the milk was sold to Isaly's.
She graduated from Fowler High School and the Shenango Valley Commercial Institute. She worked as a volunteer nurse's aide during World War II, enjoyed genealogy, gardening and observing nature, and was a member of the Hartford Historical Society. She earned a certificate from the Chicago School of Interior Design, a longtime interest.
She taught Sunday school at the Orangeville United Methodist Church and served as recording secretary for the church's administrative board. She also sewed many of the costumes for the church's annual celebration for Epiphany.
During WWII, Esther moved with her family to a farm in Kinsman, and soon met young Frank Vujevic, who would go to war, serving in the 82nd Airborne Division, earning seven Campaign Stars and the Bronze Star.
Shortly after returning from war, Frank and Esther were married. They purchased a century home and farmland on Hayes-Orangeville Road, which they named Brockway Farms, where they raised three sons and enjoyed their lives together for more than 50 years until Frank passed away in January 2000.
At this farm, her home of 72 years, Esther would receive four generations of family and friends for get-togethers, to roast sweet corn and hot dogs over an open fire, and enjoy the gardens and walks through surrounding pastures to the smooth-flowing Pymatuning Creek, which bordered their property.
On Esther's request, the gatherings became more frequent in her later years, and at the end of each of these days, she would ask everyone to sign "The Guest Book", which grew to three volumes.
She leaves three sons, Army Sgt. Major (retired) David C., at home, Norman (Marlene) of Burghill and Gordon at home; five grandchildren, Thedra Burns, Dawn Vujevic, Norman Vujevic Jr., Air Force Lt. Col. Nolan Vujevic, and Nadine Rossi; 13 great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Frank, whom she married Nov. 22, 1945; an infant son, Thomas George; a sister and six brothers.
The family would like to thank Katie and Dawn of AK Night & Day and Jennifer Dennison-Budak for providing much comfort to Esther and her family.
Esther D., 95, of Burghill.
Calling hours: 5 to 7 p.m. Friday (3-23-18) at the GALLOWAY-ONSTOTT FUNERAL HOME, 3451 State Route 7, Hartford.
Funeral: 11 a.m. Saturday (3-24-18) at Orangeville United Methodist Church.
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