Esther Mary Vandenburg

1939 - 2019

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Esther Mary Ruckstuhl Vandenburg, 80, of Findlay passed away at 4:09am Sunday morning March 24, 2019. She was born in Norwich, England on March 13, 1939 to the late James W. and Gladys I. (Roper) Gunning. Esther married George A. Ruckstuhl and they divorced. She then married Jerry A. Vandenburg and he preceded her in death. Esther is survived by four children: George Ruckstuhl of Findlay, Tamara (Matthew) Vandenburg Mitter of Dayton, Cliff (Ranae) Ruckstuhl of Port Clinton, and Brian (Jennie) Ruckstuhl of Bradner. She is also survived by eleven grandchildren; twelve great-grandchildren; two brothers: Selby and David Gunning of England; and two sisters: Betty Hughes and Helen Windsor, both of England. She was preceded in death by her son, Stephen Vandenburg; brother, Clifford Gunning; and two sisters: Margaret Sturgess and Kay Gray. Esther enjoyed spending time at the lake with family and friends. She also enjoyed flower gardening. Visitation will be held from 6:00-8:00pm on Wednesday, March 27, 2019 at COLDREN-CRATES FUNERAL HOME. A funeral service will begin at 11:00am on Thursday, March 28, 2019 at COLDREN-CRATES FUNERAL HOME, with Pastor Bridget Clark officiating. Burial will follow in Maple Grove Cemetery. Online condolences can be expressed to the family by visiting

Service Information
  • Visitation Details:

    205 West Sandusky Street
    Findlay, Ohio 45840
    Wednesday, March 27th 2019 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM

  • Funeral Service:

    Thursday, March 28th 2019 - 11:00 AM

  • Service Location:

    205 West Sandusky Street
    Findlay, Ohio 45840

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To : The entire Family
Date :Monday, March 25th 2019
From : Pamela Marvin Lim
You all have my thoughts and prayers in the passing of your mother and grandmother.

To : Cliff and family
Date :Monday, March 25th 2019
From : Jenny Findlay Ace Hardware
Holding you and family in thought and prayers
Ester had an award winning smile and a contagious
laugh ! We shall miss her and her zany love
for “sunny jigglers ” 🙏🏻

To : Cliff and family
Date :Monday, March 25th 2019
From : Jim Julie Gould
A persons parents always hold a special place in the heart. You were always there for your "Mum", I'm sure she appreciated that.

To : The Vandenburg Family
Date :Tuesday, March 26th 2019
From : Todd Freeman
You have my deepest sympathy on Esther's passing. Your family is in my prayers.

To : Tammy and Family
Date :Tuesday, March 26th 2019
From : Sheila
Praying for many wonderful memories to fill the broken places in your hearts as you prepare to celebrate Esther’s life and grieve her passing.

To : Cliff and family
Date :Tuesday, March 26th 2019
From : Laura Luzader Lortz
I am so sorry for your loss.. May you find God's Love and comfort during this difficult time

To : Brian
Date :Tuesday, March 26th 2019
From : Sandy Wiechman
Sending my deepest condolences and love to you during this difficult time. Keeping you in my thoughts and prayers.

To : Vandenburg Family
Date :Tuesday, March 26th 2019
From : Jim Charity Thiel
We will always cherish the memories we have as being neighbors & friends many years ago now, especially when we spent several days staying warm together in our basement during the blizzard of 78. Esther was always kind and genuine. You have our sympathy and prayers during this difficult time.
Jim & Charity

To : The family
Date :Tuesday, March 26th 2019
From : The Thompson family
We would like to express our heartfelt condolences to the family. We have heard from Brian about his mother and her charming personality. Our sympathy to you all and our continued prayers for healing.

To : The entire family
Date :Wednesday, March 27th 2019
From : Gerry Gerry Barb Epley
Dear Family: Your mother was such a talented decorator. She just had a knack! We will miss her. We always enjoyed hearing her accent when she talked; she could light up a room with her personality. You have our sympathy. God Bless!

To : Esther M Vandenburg
Date :Wednesday, March 27th 2019
From : Selby Gunning
Hello ! Sis, remember me I was the one you marched to the local dance halls (Samson & Hercules) as your escort ! Then would send me home.
Rest in Peace, you will be with the ones you love.
I will look up to sky above for I know you will be watching over us.
Brother Selby. Linda