Mary Louise Esch

July 18, 1927 ~
May 10, 2022

Mary L. Esch, age 94, passed away to be with her Lord on Tuesday, May 10, 2022. Mary was a loving mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. She enjoyed her time in the summer at their family cottage on Sylvan Lake, and in later years spent time on the Gulf of Mexico in Florida. Mary loved sewing, gardening, picking fruit with her grandchildren (especially blueberries), and playing bridge with her friends. Mary found her purpose throughout her life working at several different businesses and using her talents. Most of all, Mary had a strong faith in Jesus, and enjoyed serving her community through her church and also volunteering for Feeding America. She was preceded in death by her husband of 57 years, Richard Esch; brothers, Robert D. and Judy Lang and his first wife, Rosie Lang, Richard T. and Rose Lang, and David Lang; brother-in-law, Kenneth Kunst.Mary will be lovingly remembered by her children, Colleen Esch and James Kalmbach, Robert Esch and Susan Jacinto, Margo and Bryce Spencer, Daniel and Patricia Esch; grandchildren, Robert Kalmbach, Elizabeth and Justin Clark, Michael and Laura Kalmbach, Mariel and Tom Marsh, Rachel and Tom LeFleur, Clay Spencer, Marissa Spencer, Madalyn and Jimmy Majors, Abigail Esch, Joseph Esch; great-grandchildren, Hudson Marsh, Maren Marsh, Henry Kalmbach; sister, Patricia Kunst; and many nieces and nephews. Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Saturday, May 14, 2022 at 11am at Assumption of The Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Church, 6390 Belmont Avenue NE, Belmont. Relatives and friends may meet the family from 5-8pm on Friday at MKD Stegenga Funeral Chapel, 1601 Post Drive NE, Belmont, MI 49306 and one hour prior to mass at church on Saturday. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Consolata Missionary Sisters of Belmont.

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May 16, 2022 7:03pm
We enjoyed our time with Mary at Chalet Laun in Florida during the winter months. She was always smiling and had a funny sense of humor. A very nice lady.

- Ric & Dee Scott

May 15, 2022 10:29am
We just heard this morning about Aunt Mary! I am so sorry we missed her funeral and seeing all of you! I can only send my love and prayers to all of you. I feel like she and your Dad were always laughing and happy at Grandma's House and any time we got together. She was the last of that generation! I so admired her volunteering, too! Hugs and Prayers, Kathy

- Kathy Nawrot

May 13, 2022 3:34pm
Sympathy and prayers to Mary's family. I certainly was grateful for the contact with Mary via her children at St. Jude School. She was very "tuned in" to them and their activities. Eternal rest...

- Mariae K. Firlit

May 12, 2022 11:52am
Everyone loved Mary at Feeding America West Michigan. She will be missed. Her dedication to helping others into her nineties was inspiring.

- Diane Avra




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