Esther Selma Scheidt
February 21, 1943 ‒ October 22, 2020
Esther Selma Scheidt, age 77, passed into the Lord’s care peacefully October 22, 2020 at Oak Grove Manor. She was born on February 21, 1943 to her parents, Rev. Arthur Louis Scheidt and Leonora Elizabeth Scheidt (nee Hoyer) in Lexington Kentucky. She is survived by Rev. Paul Scheidt of St. Louis MO, Rev Theodore Scheidt of Dayton OH, Ellen Eich (nee Scheidt) of Charlotte NC, David Scheidt of Durham NC, Mary Mulligan (nee Scheidt) of Oakville Ontario CA, Jonathan Scheidt of Mansfield OH, and Katie Paul (nee Scheidt). She was proceeded in death by her parents, and two siblings, Ruth Irwin (nee Scheidt), and Peter Scheidt.
Esther was a special needs child who made the most of her limitations. As a child Esther lived in Vincennes, Indiana, in the parsonage of the church where her father was pastor, St. John’s Lutheran. Though her family was large, she also enjoyed the loving care of the church members. In December 1959, the family came to live in Cincinnati and there she attended Hugh’s High School and earned a Certificate of Completion. Esther’s activities included volunteering to work in a thrift shop with ladies from Concordia Lutheran Church. She was active at Concordia and when people from Concordia visited Drake Hospital—a hospital for the chronically ill, she helped wheel patients to the auditorium for Sunday Evening services. After her father died, Esther volunteered with the Cancer Society. Esther was outgoing and ever ready to help others. Esther lived with her mother until her mother could no longer care for her. Esther came to live with her brother Jon and his wife Rita.
Esther loved to go shopping and accompanied Rita on many excursions. Esther would complement perfect strangers and tell them; “O, I love that blouse” or “That is a pretty necklace!” Esther attended church with Jon and Rita and even attended an adult Sunday School class—and she was not shy about offering her insights. Esther had a job with NewHope, one that she could manage. There were trips to the library where she would sanitize kiddie books in the children’ section. NewHope provided activities and outings and Esther thrived. Mansfield became her home. Options, a program for older adults was a program that she loved. When we asked how her day went, she would talk about how she really liked folding plastic bags. When she became ill, she mourned the loss of folding bags. Esther was one to make the most out of whatever came her way.
She was loved by her siblings though far away and many nieces, nephews, and cousins. Jon and Rita’s daughter Melissa shared how special Esther was for her personally. “When I was bored Esther would play with me, endless games of Othello and Rummy Cube. When I was little, playmate defined my relationship with Esther, then almost a sister. When I left for college and came home, I helped care for her”
The family is planning to gather next summer for a Memorial/Reunion. In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions in Esther’s memory be made to Holy Trinity Lutheran Church.