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Local woman witnessed history at work, experienced the world at play

A Celebration of Life service was held on Oct. 17 at 11 a.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church in Exeter for Esther Louise Hein Anspach of Visalia and formerly of Lindsay. The Reverend Michael Hall officiated and interment followed

at Lindsay Strathmore Public Cemetery. Esther passed away Oct. 11 at the age of 91.

She was born in Princeton, Wis. on June 11, 1922. She was orphaned at an early age and was raised by an aunt and uncle. In 1939 her uncle’s job led the family to California where they settled in Pasadena. Esther had fond memories of Pasadena where she learned to drive in the Rose Bowl parking lot and attended her graduation ceremonies in the Rose Bowl.

Esther was confirmed in 1936 and became a life long member of the Lutheran church. Her favorite hymn was “Lift High the Cross”. The church was the center of her upbringing and as well as the place where she met her future h

f California Atomic Energy project. Both of those jobs required FBI clearance.usband, Paul Anspach. Her family and his attended the same church in Pasadena, where Paul’s father was the Pastor. After her schooling, Esther began her career working for the California Institute of Technology. She was there when the institute developed the rockets used during the invasion of Normandy. She also worked for the University o

After those positions, she moved on to the job that she would retire from. Esther said that as a child

she was fascinated by the Pegasus (winged horse) symbol displayed on the gasoline signs of the time. Perhaps that attraction led her to apply with General Petroleum (Mobil Oil).

Esther was also an experienced traveler. She visited most of the states. She possessed an adventurous spirit; few knew she had ridden a dog sled north of the Arctic Circle. She experienced the 24 hour sun in Nome where she ate reindeer steaks. She visited 10 countries in Europe. Some of her most memorable experiences were seeing a cock

fight in Cuba; a gondola ride in Venice; gambling in Monaco and attending an audience in St. Peter’s Basilica where she was blessed by the Pope.

Esther married Paul Anspach in 1966. They were re-acquainted when he traveled home to Pasadena to visit his parents. The courtship was a long distance one since Paul was teaching in Arizona at time. After their marriage, they moved to Lindsay where Paul taught 4th grade. Esther was his “unpaid teacher’s aid” helping him with bulletin boards and grading papers. Esther volunteered her time and talents to many organizations as she enjoyed working and talking with people. She was active in Mount Olive Lutheran Church, Lindsay Women’s Club, AARP and the Golden Age Ch

She was preceded in death by her husband Paul in 1986. orus.

Webb Sanders Funeral Home is in charge of all arrangements.

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