Esther Leavstrom, 85, of the Bradley Home, Meriden passed away Nov. 16, 2006. She was born in Morris Cove on December 13, 1920 to Ellen Larson Anderson and John Livin Anderson, widow of Norman Frederick Leavstrom, mother of Phyllis Mikhail of New Haven, Deborah Lembke of Wisconsin, Russell Leavstrom of Vermont and Clifford Leavstrom of West Hartford. Sister of Elizabeth Lindahl of Fairfield and Everett Anderson and Ellen Youngberg, deceased, 10 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren. Resident of East Haven & Yalesville. Attended Evangelical Covenant Church & First Baptist, member Topnotchers Seniors Group. Her gracious presence will be missed. Funeral service will be on Mon., Nov. 20 at 1 p.m. at BEECHER & BENNETT, 2300 Whitney Ave. Friends may visit with the family from 12-1 p.m. Memorial contributions in Esther's name may be made to CT Hospice, 100 Double Beach Rd., Branford, CT 06405.

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  1. Aunt Esther was a loving and gentle aunt to all of us. Growing up, I made annual summer visits to Phyllis and I remember how wonderful Aunt Esther was to me. She was such a good cook and when I later visited her at Bradley Home we would talk of those special times and special meals. We shared coffee -and- together and talked of all of those memories and of the family history and her childhood. When we moved back to the New Haven area, Aunt Esther even took care of our boys occasionally – they are another generation with memories to carry forward. Aunt Esther is at peace. We miss her so much. Love, Carolyn and Clarence

  2. Carol Ann Cote\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\ says:

    Dear Debbie – I am so sorry to hear of your Mom\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\’s passing. I\\\’m terribly sorry I didn\\\’t attend the wake as well. Marianne left me a message on my home phone but I didn\\\’t get it till late that night. Please send me your address – I have something I\\\’d like to send you. My cell phone is 203-530-1233 – please call if you would like to talk. It\\\’s easier to reach me on my cell than at home. Please know my prayers are with you, your family and your Mom. Love Carol Ann

  3. Dear family our codolences to all of you.i was lucky to have know her . she was lovely,kind and sweet she is in better place with our God . our best to you Hany , Gigi

  4. Dear Family, I am grateful for the memories I have as a child visiting with Grandma in her home in Yalesville…the back room where the grandchildren played together, the trips to Rhode Island to visit Uncle Walter and see horseshoe crabs… I will always remember going .home. to CT. to visit and bringing my first son, David, to see her. Our visit was lovely. The pictures will be cherished forever. Our family joins with you in mourning the loss of Grandma. I wish we were close enough to be there with you. My consolation is that she shared her faith in Jesus Christ and was looking forward to going home to Him. I look forward to seeing her again in Heaven. With love, Sara, Todd, David, Matthew & Joshua Rockensock

  5. Dear Family, My thoughts and prayers are with you. I am so glad I was able to visit Aunt Esther in September, along with Mom, Carolyn and Bob (and Phyllis). It was especially nice to see the two sisters together again. I will always remember Aunt Esther’s kind and loving spirit. Peace to her memory. Love, Beth

  6. Dear Family, Our deepest sympathies and prayers are with you. I remember Aunt Ester, Uncle Norman and my mother and father playing canasta at our summer home on Great Island. I would be lying in bed and when Aunt Ester and my mother were laughing, which was every night, I knew they were winning. We all had wonderful times together and they are great memories. love, Phil and Kathy

  7. Mom was the best! She always showed us the best example, was kind and above all, Loving. She knew who her Lord was , and is in His presence now. Both our parents were a Gift from God, and I will always have great memories of growing up in a house filled with love!

  8. My grandmother was a blessing to everyone who was lucky enough to have known her. She was a loveable, kind, gentle, funny, beautiful and strong woman who loved God, her family and her friends. I will never forget our long talks over popcorn and TV, or the way she always understood and embraced me when I needed a hug. I will miss her terribly. I find much comfort in knowing that she is now in a better place with Grandpa, her parents and all of those loved ones who she missed on earth.

  9. My mother was also my friend. She was just a great woman and a great human being. There is no doubt in our minds and hearts that she is in a better place and just where she wanted to be for quite a while. We will miss her and we treasured every moment together.Her Family.

  10. The staff as well as our residents send our condolences to the entire Leavstrom family. There are many precious memories that will be shared among us. Esther will be missed here and thought of often. Our best to all the family ..

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