Esther L. Plain

Monday, January 23, 2012

Esther L. Plain (nee Bowen) passed away on Saturday, Jan. 21, 2012 at Asbury Towers in Greencastle at the age of 95 with her daughter, Jean Dell, at her bedside.

Esther was born on Aug. 3, 1916, in her grandparents' farmhouse in Fulton County, and prior to moving to Greencastle to be near her daughter in September 2011, she had been a resident of Hartsfield Village in Munster for 12 years and had lived in Lake County for more than 70 years, residing in Crown Point, Hammond, Dyer and Munster.

Preceding her in death were her daughter, Dr. Barbara E. Bremer in 1985; her husband, Lester Plain, in 1995; and her siblings, Evelyn M. Amacher, Richard A. Bowen and Sarah Jane Scandling.

She is survived by her son, Dr. William H. Bremer of San Francisco; her daughter, Jean (Paul) Dell of Greencastle; her brother, former Indiana Governor and U.S. Secretary of H.H.S. Dr. Otis R. (Carol) Bowen of Bremen; three grandchildren, Michael (Marielle) Cadwalader of Medford, Mass., Paige (Scott) Ryan of Carmel, and Wende (Enrique) Moran of Bellingham, Wash., along with five great-grandchildren, Witt, Carys, Delaney, Whitney and Celia and two step great-grandchildren, Enrique Jr. and Amber.

Also surviving her are numerous nieces and nephews, members of the Plain family and special friends, including the Greppi family of Dyer, Phyllis Stanford of Hammond and residents of Hartsfield Village.

The funeral service will be conducted at noon Wednesday, Jan. 25 at Immanuel United Church of Christ, 2201 Azalea Dr., Highland, IN 46322 with Rev. Billy Kilgore officiating. There will be a viewing at the church one hour prior to the service.

Interment will be at the IOOF Cemetery, 620 W. 3rd St., Rochester, Ind., on Thursday, Jan. 26 (time TBA).

The family wishes to extend its heartfelt gratitude to both the staff at Asbury Towers and Advocate Hospice for the loving care they provided for our mother during her stay there. We shall be forever grateful to them.

In loving memory of Esther, memorial donations may be made to Advocate Hospice, 2605 E. Main St., Danville, IN 46122.