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Obituary: Brucker




Esther J. Brucker, 79, of Fairbury, passed away at 9:50pm, January 21, 2021, at Heritage Health, Gibson City.


A funeral will be held at 11:00am, Tuesday, January 26, 2021, at First Presbyterian Church, Fairbury. Pastor Dan Robertson will be officiating. Burial will be in Cropsey Cemetery. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service.


All COVID-19 protocol; social distancing and masks will be followed. Memorials may be made to the family. Duffy-Pils Memorial Home, Fairbury is in charge of arrangements.


Esther was born January 26, 1941, in Hamilton County, IN, the daughter of Ernest Martin and Beatrice (Nance) Justice.


She married Raymond Brucker on July 29, 1961. He died February 8, 2007. Surviving are her daughter, Connie (Larry) Corey of Fairbury; grandchildren, Christina (Sesar) Chavez of Fairbury, Deanna Hamilton of Weston, Eli Corey of Gibson City, Tonya Baker of Chatsworth, Jessica Schmidt of Chatsworth, and Tiffany Kay of Fairbury; 11 great-grandchildren; sisters, Sharon (Roger) Fish and Marilyn Broyles.


She was preceded in death by her parents, step-mother, Hazel (Ault) Justice; daughter, Teresa Brucker; brothers, Leon, Ernest, and Danny Justice; sisters, Geraldine Dean and Ernestine Ibarra.


Esther worked for Stokely in Gibson City and later stayed home and cared for her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. One of her greatest joys was caring for her grandchildren.


Esther was a wonderful cook and enjoyed collecting cookbooks. She also enjoyed Gospel music


Safely home: I am home in heaven, dear ones; Oh so happy and so bright! There is perfect joy and beauty in this everlasting light. All the pain and grief is over, every restless tossing past; I am now at peace forever, safely home in heaven at last.


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