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Born: Dec 14, 1925

Date of Passing: Apr 12, 2015

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ESTHER MARY MARTIN (née KIESMAN) December 14, 1925 - April 12, 2015 Peacefully, with her family at her side, at the age of 89, Esther passed away in the Assiniboine Centre, Brandon, Manitoba. Esther was predeceased by her beloved husband Michel, parents Susanne and William, and siblings Emma, Arnold and Donald. Dear mother of Bonnie, Janice and Dianne (Joe), loving grandmother of Ayat, Lauren, Michael, Ahmad and Rashid, great-grandmother of Gavin, sister of Irene, Martha, Florence, Bill and Alf, and dear auntie to many nieces and nephews. Esther led a full life and will always be remembered for her generosity, fantastic cooking, love of nature and kindness. Most of all she is remembered by everyone who knew her for her grace, beauty and sweetness, and will be sadly missed by all. Family and friends are invited to Esther's service at Peace Lutheran Church, Moosehorn, Manitoba, on Saturday, April 18, 2015, at 2:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Esther may be made to the Peace Lutheran Church, P.0. Box 68, Moosehorn, MB R0C 2E0. Messages of condolence may be placed at Arrangements are in care of Brockie Donovan Funeral & Cremation Services Brandon, (204) 727-0694 and Arnason Funeral Home, Ashern, (204) 768-2072

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Apr 16, 2015

Condolences & Memories (7 entries)

  • My grandma (who my brother, cousins and I referred to as 'Grano')was a very wise and talented lady who taught me many things. She taught me how to knit, crochet and use a sewing machine. She taught me about baking, cooking and gardening and if I was around when she was doing one of her beloved crossword puzzles, I would learn that Grandma knew A LOT about everything. Every Sunday as teenagers my brother, cousins and I would have dinner at Grano's and she would always make sure to fit in a life lesson while we ate. I can still hear her saying to us "don't get your days and nights mixed up" which seems like a no-brainer you shouldn't have to be told, but there have been many times in my life when I have found myself needing that advice for myself and sharing it with others. When I was little I couldn't pronounce Grandma, so I would refer to her as Jama (Grandpa was Jampa) and both grandparents together I called the Granta's. One of my fondest memories of Grano was when I was little I had made peanut butter cookies and instead of adding a teaspoon of baking soda I had added 1 cup. Everyone else in my family said they were awful and inedible, but Grano took a bite and to everyone's surprise, she claimed to like them - I'm sure just to make me feel better.  She was a remarkable woman and a great role model. She will be deeply missed! Xoxoxo - Posted by: Lauren Greb ((her only) granddaughter ) on: Apr 19, 2015

  • We will always remember Aunt Esther and Uncle Michel for their kindness and hospitality. We were especially grateful to share visits with the Martin family during our years in Toronto and Waterloo. Aunt Esther was also special for sharing her knowledge of the Kiesman family's early years in Canada with younger generations. Esther's kind perseverance and steadfast nature live on so clearly through her daughters and their families. It is comforting to know that her family cared for Esther in her time of need. - Posted by: James Mihaychuk (Nephew) on: Apr 18, 2015

  • Our condolences on the passing of your mother. I only met Esther a few times, but Mom and Dad (Tillie and Fred) always spoke so kindly of her. - Posted by: Judy Kiesman Turenne () on: Apr 18, 2015

  • My ownself born 7000 Kms.away in India ran into this Angel Ms.Martin at one of her daughter's dinner get-together. Very first look at her quiet and content face reminded me of the Bibilical Angels who appear from the heavens with an aura around their heads and a flux of divine light floods the places where ever they go.Thats all I know about her,but her 3 daughters and their families are most graceful human beings I have ever met during my 25+ years in Canada.RIP Ms.Martin! - Posted by: Jag Singh (Family friend.) on: Apr 17, 2015

  • Our deepest sympathies to Bonnie, Janice, Diane and families. You will be in our thoughts and prayers. We will always remember Auntie Esther for her kind, gentle nature and soft spoken wisdom. We will never forget her hospitality to our family and Margie's parents in Ontario and visiting at her house there. In the words of Mother Teresa, "do small things with great love." That was Auntie Esther. May God Bless her memory among us. - Posted by: Jonathan, Margie Kiesman and Family (Nephew) on: Apr 17, 2015

  • Our sincere condolences to our cousins Bonnie, Janice and Diane and families as well as Auntie Esther's surviving siblings. Even though I did not get to know you that well in person, you were always mentioned to have great wisdom, strength and a stillness about you that showed depth and strength. I always enjoy spending time with my wise aunties and your connection to Dad's past and family history. We have lost a matriarch but heaven has gained an incredible angel. We'll miss you Auntie Esther, may you rest in peace. - Posted by: Christina Miller (Kiesman) (Niece) on: Apr 16, 2015

  • Dearest Aunt Esther, I know you are not far away...I will always cherish many beautiful and happy memories of the dear aunt you were and always will be. Very much like the Biblical Esther, you were a woman of courage and faith. You carried yourself with a queenly demeanour and graced every room you entered, even as you now grace heaven's 'home' shores. I recall with joy your musical laughter, your wonderful hospitality and most incredible cooking, as well as your always welcoming and gentle care expressed towards all creatures great and small. I am thankful for the many joyful memories of you which will never grow old. Truly you were one of the most gracious and kindest persons to walk this earth. My deepest sympathies to Bonnie, Janice, Diane and to their families, who will all miss you greatly until you meet again. Blessings...from your loving niece, Susan Michaels "May those who love You, O God, be like the sun, when it rises in its strength." Judges 5:31 - Posted by: Susan Michaels (Niece) on: Apr 16, 2015

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