Esther Brooks Fathbruckner

November 24, 1927 ‒ January 25, 2012

Delaware, Ohio

Esther (Brooks) Fathbruckner, 84, of Delaware passed away early Wednesday evening January 25, 2012 at Mount Carmel St. Ann’s Hospital, Westerville surrounded by her loving family. She was born November 24, 1927 in Canal Winchester to William and Eva (Schultz) Brooks. She was preceded in death by her parents, brothers Warren, Richard, and Harold Brooks, sisters Joan Brooks, Ruth (Brooks) Isbell, June (Brooks) Gale, and Margaret (Brooks) Carter. She is survived by her husband of 67 years, Harley George Fathbruckner; daughters, Jenny Poole of Delaware and Rose Mary (Tom) O’Connell of Grove City; son, Michael (Melody) Fathbruckner of Delaware; grandchildren, Julie (Shon) Childers, David (Angel) O’Connell, Renee (Kris) Bruestle, Cheryl (David) Burns, Brad Poole, Amy (Jeff) Cox, Lori (Rick) Herriott, Tim (Beth) Fathbruckner, Megan (Greg) Welsh, and Emily (Tyler) Winner; 24 ½ great grandchildren; many nieces, nephews, and friends. Esther was a member of St. Mary Catholic Church in Delaware who enjoyed nature, watching the birds and taking long walks back to the woods. She was a great cook, pie maker (especially cherry pie) and baker including favorites of blackberry cobbler and German chocolate cake. She was a devoted wife and mother who loved her family very much. She also loved to read and aspired to be a writer of children’s stories and poetry. She had made many a pot of coffee for the hunters that would stop at the house either before or after hunting. She also enjoyed sitting on the front porch of her country home and feel the cool breezes and watch the birds and the deer. She always made you feel at home offering food and drink. The family would like to give a special thanks to the staff at St. Ann’s Hospital, especially her nurses Paige and Molly for the wonderful care given to Esther. The family will receive friends on Sunday January 29th from 2 – 5 pm at the Rodman Neeper Funeral Home, Delaware where a vigil of prayer service will be held at 2:00 pm. Funeral mass will be celebrated on Monday January 30th at 10:00 am at St. Mary Catholic Church with Rev. Fr. James Black officiating. Burial will follow in St. Mary Cemetery. The St. Mary Bereavement Committee will then host a luncheon in the Rodman Neeper Community Room immediately following the graveside services. Contributions in her memory may be made to the Council for Older Adults. To share a memory of Esther or to offer condolences to the family, please visit