Charlotte Esch, 85

Charlotte lone Esch, age 85 of Broken Bow, died Wednesday, July 27, 2011, at Jennie M. Melham Memorial Medical Center. Graveside services were Monday, August 1, at the Broken Bow Cemetary with Pastor Michael Lange officiating. Govier Brothers Mortuary was in charge of the arrangements. Memorials have been established to Custer Care Center and Heritage Hall. Charlotte lone was born Jan. 2, 1926, in a sod house southwest of Broken Bow near Ash Creek, the youngest child of Bert and Rosa (Deal) Oxford. She spent her childhood on the family farm in the East Custer community playing with and entertaining her many nieces and nephews. She often recalled the day her mother asked a traveling salesman to stay for dinner. She was disappointed to hear him decline the invitation as she knew that her pet goat had already climbed into the salesman's car and had eaten the sack lunch sitting on his backseat. January 2, 1947, Charlotte and Pete Esch were married at the Catholic Rectory in Broken Bow. They traveled through the blizzard that afternoon in order to spend their honeymoon in Grand Island. Charlotte and Pete rented farms in the Broken Bow area before purchasing their own farm north of Broken Bow. They moved from town to their farm after the completion of their new home in 1964. Charlotte helped Pete with the crops and cattle on the farm, but also over the years worked as a cook at Broken Bow Schools, at True Value, and Doty's Department Store. She took pride in maintaining her beautiful yard and garden. Her children and grandchildren visiting her home would always find a full coffee pot, oatmeal creme pies, or a wonderful homemade meal ready for them. She enjoyed quilting and made quilts for all her children, grandchildren, and many great-grandchildren. In later years she looked forward to her afternoon trip into town to have coffee with her friends. After Pete's passing in 2004, Charlotte continued to reside on her own at the farm until 2008, when she moved to Custer Care Center South and then more recently to Heritage Hall. Charlotte is survived by son, Ted Esch (Cris) of Broken Bow; daughters, Patty Reed (Larry) of Ansley and Sonia Richeson (Jay) of Gothenburg; grandchildren, Gail Reed (Tara) ofAnsley, Sara Varney (Jeff) of Ansley, Amber Evans (Mike) of Broken Bow, Trent Esch of Broken Bow, Joe Richeson (Angie) of Gothenburg, Tana Wagener (Jeremy) of Lincoln, Amelia Larrabee (Jason) of Omaha, Belinda Chaplin (Jason) of Broken Bow, Isabelle Boyll (Travis) of Kearney, Natasha Dalby (Josh) of Broken Bow; 17 great-grandchildren; brother, Orville Oxford of Council Bluffs, Iowa, and many nieces and nephews. Preceeding Charlotte in death was her husband; parents; granddaughter, LaCosta Esch; sisters, Marie Eggleston, Ruby Glendy, Melva Dunkel; and brothers, Clarence Oxford and Lawrence Oxford.Published in Custer County Chief, Aug. 4, 2011