TUESDAY, OCTOBER 1, 2019
VISITATION: 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
MEMORIAL SERVICE: 6:00 p.m.
DRAEGER-LANGENDORF FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATORY
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Esther (Echeverria) Rendon, 85, passed away at her beloved granddaughter’s home on September 25th, 2019 following a short battle with cancer. She was fearless and maintained a great sense of humor till the end.
At the start of this battle, her wishes were to live with her granddaughter Ursula (Rendon) Swift and Ursula’s husband, Mike during this journey. Esther’s dotted and loving son, Gil and granddaughter made certain that she was given the best loving and comfortable care. During part of this journey, two of her daughters, Marlene and Aileen returned home to assist in her care and be by her side to the very end. Gil’s wife, JoAnn and a couple great-granddaughters; Amy & Jordan were there to assist in making Esther as comfortable as possible. She was not alone in the last moments of her life; the house was filled with many family members that loved her dearly.
Born January 29, 1934 in St. Paul, Minnesota, she was a long time resident of Racine, WI.
She was a soft hearted gentle woman with a deep love for her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She enjoyed family time and cookouts, whenever possible. Her late husband, Cruz Rendon and her had hosted many upon many memorable cookouts at their beautiful energetic home. They also hosted many holiday functions with a house full of family and traditional foods cooking all day. During these holiday events, Esther and Cruz took that opportunity to display their “Ginger Rogers and Fred Astaire” moves. It’s these memories that her family will remember the most.
She loved dancing endlessly and what seemed like synchronized dancing, with her husband. They both seemed to glide with one another and no others could compare to their style. The two of them definitely gained the attention of many. Esther enjoyed traveling across the states with her husband to visit with family, both near and far and she continued those efforts after he passed away, to eternal life in 1988.
She met so many people and made new friends during her travels, because she was so vibrant and loved life. When visiting a daughter in Los Angeles, she enjoyed the outings they attended with her daughter and the many grandchildren that lived out there. They kept Esther on the go and she loved every moment.
She traveled from time to time with her son and daughter in law, to visit their children in San Antonio and to visit the Hawaiian Islands and that was an experience she never forgot and loved to share. While in Texas, her son would take her to visit with family that Esther didn’t have the opportunity to see frequently. They would visit her late husband’s home town, of Pearsall and visit his resting place. She enjoyed the reminiscing that they would participate in and share those experiences with family and friends when she returned home. When her travels were limited, she enjoyed visits from her family both near and far. Her daughter, Aileen and son in law, Todd would make journeys to see her and share some holidays with Esther and share devotionals with her to strengthen her faith in the Lord.
Esther also enjoyed visits from other family members and dinners put together by her family for that special family time. Reminiscing through the mountains of pictures Esther came with wonderful stories and memories to be treasure for the generations to follow. Those moments will now remain in her children’s hearts.
She had always dressed modestly and with the jewelry to match. She was known as “the grandma with flare”. She strived to stay healthy and in shape to live a strong independent life. She enjoyed her morning exercises and before her health took it’s toll on her, she partook in Zumba and bike rides for her cardio. She also took joy in bingo with her friends at the senior apartment complex. She also took joy in bible studies with her friends and would quietly read devotionals.
She was very proud of her son, grandchildren and great grandchildren that served in the US Military. She was notorious for carrying around current photos, in her purse of her family especially those that lived miles away. When the time came that her traveling abilities were no more, she made certain that her family portraits were up on just about every wall of her apartment so that she could admire the family she had been blessed with. If she received a new updated photo of a loved one, she would send her son out to shop for another frame, for that new photo to be displayed.
She was married to Cruz Rendon in 1950 and they began their life journey and started their family. They raised their five children with firm discipline, compassion and unconditional love and they raised a grandson, Federico “Fred” Rendon” as their very own. Esther and her late husband\ loved every one of their grandchildren unconditionally and there were times when it was placed on their hearts to assist in caring for a couple grandchildren that needed their nurturing, love and gentleness.
She is survived by her children; son, Gil (JoAnn) Rendon, daughters; Irene Rendon-Toman, Marlene (Matt) Buchanan, Darlene Rendon and Aileen (Todd) Gee; grandchildren; Ursula (Rendon}Swift, Christopher Rendon, Rosalina (Rendon) Heimes, Leilani (Rendon) Guira, Sarina (Awan) Gallon, Paul Jay Jensen, Sameena (Awan) Lopez, Joey Awan, Rebecca Sullivant, Natasha (Rendon) Delgado, Cruz Toman, Fred Viney-Rendon, Roy Ford. She is also survived by twenty-eight great-grandchildren and eleven great-great grandchildren and a dear special niece that aided her unselfishly, Kelly Marshall. She is also survived by a very close and loving brother, Nicholas “Nick” Echeverria and his loving beautiful wife Lonnie and two sisters, Della Echeverria and Antonia Diaz. She is also survived by many loving nieces, nephews, cousins and dear friends. She was preceded in death by her husband, Cruz Rendon; her daughter, Debbie Rendon; her grandson that she raised, Federico Rendon; grandchildren, Ivan Williams, John Henry Viney; and great granddaughter, Stephanie Ann Alvarez.
Family and friends are invited to meet in the Draeger-Langendorf Funeral Home and Crematory on Tuesday, October 1, 2019 for a visitation from 4:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. A service remembering and honoring her life will follow at 6:00 p.m.
Esther’s family would like to extended genuine gratitude to those special and skilled staff of the Aurora Health Care Physicians; Dr. Vanessa Abejuela-Matt and Dr. Hasnain S. Bawadaam as well as Aurora Hospice Healthcare; Jenn V, Sarah, Kirstin and a few others. Also, a special thanks to Aurora Hospice Chaplain Bill for prayers to ease her sole and provide her peace.