She was born March 8, 1923, in Bourbon County, the daughter of Fred J. Karleskint and Caroline M. Reiter Karleskint. She married Jay John DeLange on Oct. 22, 1955, in Denver, Colo. He preceded her in death in 1978. While in Denver, she worked in the meat packing industry for Swift and Armour companies. She liked growing flowers and vegetables in the garden, as well as cooking for her family. In her earlier days, Esther enjoyed painting. She was a member of the Apostolic Pentecostal Church.
Survivors include one step-son, Jay Allen DeLange Jr.; one step-daughter, Grayce Hutcherson, Kiowa, Colo.; one brother, Thomas Karleskint, Fort Scott; six sisters, Rita Godwin, Durham, N.C., Marjorie Cook, Olathe, Kan., Alice Murry, Boston, Mass., Carol Karleskint, and Patricia Hobbs, both of Wichita, and Rosalie Martin, Fort Scott.
Also surviving are six grandchildren, six great-grandchildren; as well as many nieces and nephews. Besides her husband, she was preceded in death by two brothers, Jim and Bill Karleskint; and three sisters, Betty Young, Joan Greenfield, and Ruth Umlauf.
Rev. Rod Hillhouse will conduct funeral services at 2 p.m. Friday, Feb. 1, at the Cheney Witt Chapel. Burial will follow in the Memory Gardens cemetery. The family will receive friends from 1 p.m. until service time at the chapel. Memorials are suggested to the Apostolic Pentecostal Church and may be left in care of the Cheney Witt Chapel, P.O. Box 347, 201 S. Main, Fort Scott, Kan., 66701. Words of remembrance may be submitted to the online guestbook at cheneywitt.com.