Esther White

Obituary of Esther Lillie White

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Esther Lillie Jacobsma White, 92, of Francesville, IN (formerly of Winamac, IN) passed away at 8:05 AM Saturday, July 31, 2021 at Parkview Haven Retirement Home in Francesville.  She was born on April 7, 1929 in South Holland, IL to the late Cornelius Frank and Esther Lilly [Diekman] VanKanegan.  Esther married John Jacobsma, Jr. on August 21, 1948.  He passed away on November 10, 1991.  Esther married Elmer White, Jr. April 6, 1997.  He passed away on September 12, 2019. 

Esther was a member of the Methodist Church in Dalton, IL.  She was a homemaker and built several houses on her own.  She enjoyed knitting, crocheting, flower gardening, and genealogy.  Esther loved spending time with her family and will be sadly missed.


She is survived by:

Shirley Jean (Earl) Zylstra, DeMotte, IN Daughter

Patricia June Foust, Lafayette, IN Daughter

Esther Lily Jacobsma, Wheatfield, IN Daughter

John (Alice) Jacobsma III, DeMotte, IN Son

Loretta Jane Vanaman, North Carolina Daughter

Mildred Joy Jacobsma, Michigan City, IN Daughter

Michael James (Carla) Jacobsma, San Pierre, IN Son

Kenneth Jeffery (Toni) Jacobsma, San Pierre, IN Son

Curtis Jay (Denise) Jacobsma, Grovertown, IN Son

Jacqueline Jenise Jacobsma, Remington, IN Daughter

2 Step Sons: Gary and Darrell

2 Step Daughters: Debra and Connie

Many Grandchildren, Great Grandchildren, & Great Great Grandchildren

Sharon VanKanegan, Kinsman, OH Sister-in-law

Several Nieces and Nephews







Preceded in death by:

Cornelius Frank and Esther Lilly [Diekman] VanKanegan, Parents

John Jacobsma, Jr., First Husband

Elmer White, Jr., Second Husband

Dennis Foust, Son-in-law

Jeffery Eugene Saltsman, Son-in-law

3 Step Sons: Jimmy, Eldon, and Ronald

3 Step Grandchildren: Mary, Rachel, and Jodie

Eugene Cornelius VanKanegan, Brother

Clarence Frank VanKanegan, Brother

Roy Walter “Bud” VanKanegan, Brother

Victor James VanKanegan, Brother

Willis Quinton “Bill” VanKanegan, Brother


Visitation will be from 2-4 PM EDT Saturday, August 7, 2021 at Frain Mortuary Querry-Ulbricht Chapel in Francesville.


Private Burial will take place at Oak Ridge Cemetery in Lansing, IL.


Memorial Contributions may be made to Parkview Haven Retirement Home in Francesville.


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Arrangements have been entrusted to Frain Mortuary Querry-Ulbricht Chapel in Francesville.


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2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Saturday, August 7, 2021
Frain Mortuary Querry-Ulbricht - Francesville
232 South Brooks St.
Francesville, Indiana, United States

Private Burial

Oak Ridge Cemetery
Thornton-Lansing Road
Lansing, Illinois, United States
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Esther White

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Esther White

1929 - 2021

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