In New Haven, Oct. 3, 2003, Hester Halstead Pier, first wife of the late Eldredge C. Pier. Born in Brooklyn, NY, April 24, 1913, she was the daughter of the late Kenneth B. and Marjorie Cheppell Halstead. Mrs. Pier attended Yale Art School and the Packer Collegiate Institute in New York. She was a Past President of the Women's Seaman's Friend Society in New Haven and a member of the New Haven Lawn Club. She spend early summers in Remsenburg, Long Island and then in Lake Placid. Hester had been a New Haven resident since 1946. She is survived by a brother, Robert H. Halstead of Chatham, NJ. She was predeceased by brothers; D. Barrien Halstead and G. Chappell Halstead. Funeral arrangements are private with BEECHER & BENNETT, 2300 WHITNEY AVE., HAMDEN, CT. Interment was in Warwick, NY.

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  1. Hester was a great friend to the genealogical community. We corresponded for several years, and I had the pleasure of meeting her once while she was living at the rest home in Hamden. She was a lovely woman, and a great help to me in finding my own roots. I know I speak for a great many people who, though they may have never met her, will miss her very much.

  2. Thank you, Hester, for the years of information on the .Halstead\’s.. You will be long remembered by many!

  3. Hester was my mother’s first cousin, and a highly talented photographer as well as avid genealogist. She kindly supplied me with photos of me as a young child, as well as a full genealogy for my grandmother, her Aunt Dorothy. I treasured our correspondence in later years, and would welcome hearing from her children and grandchildren.

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