Esther Marie Siebeneicher

August 31, 1931 - April 17, 2017

Esther Marie Siebeneicher, formerly of Tustin, passed away Monday evening, April 17, 2017 at Grand Oaks Nursing Center in Baldwin. She was 85.

Mrs. Siebeneicher was born August 31, 1931 in Hopkins, Michigan to Paul and Clara (Hilaski) Gigowski and they preceded her in passing. On August 31, 1950 in Grand Rapids, Michigan she married Rev. James E. Siebeneicher and he also precede her passing on March 16, 1993.

She had been a resident of the Tustin area since 1981 and had attended the First Baptist Church of Tustin. Mrs. Siebeneicher, along with her husband, worked with American Missionary Fellowship for many years, ministering the gospel to others. Esther led ladies groups and engaged in special speaking commitments through her work. She had a charismatic personality that was prefect for working with youth.

Mrs. Siebeneicher was a gifted gardener and enjoyed tending to her flower gardens. She also enjoyed knitting and donated various items and gifted many different knitted items to her family and friends. In her younger years she was a tap dancer and could also play the piano.

She is survived by her children: Michael James Siebeneicher of California, Bonnie Marie Burns of Oregon, Catherine (Jeff) Knapp of Cedar Springs, Michigan; grandchildren: Stephanie and Eric Siebeneicher, Benjamin, Joseph, Nathan, Rachel, Andrew and Luke Martin, Jeffrey James Knapp; 11 great-grandchildren; 6 step great- grandchildren and a sister-in-law, Florence Gigowski of Georgia.

In addition to her parents and husband she was preceded in death by a sister, Joan Norkus and two brothers, Carl and Donald Gigowski.

Funeral services will be held 11:00 AM Saturday, April 22, 2017 at the Peterson Funeral and Cremation Services in Cadillac. Friends may meet the family Friday from 5-7 pm at the funeral home. Burial will take place at Burdell Township Cemetery in Tustin.

Memorial contributions may be made to American Missionary Fellowship. An online guestbook is available

Guest Book

Christine Engels - Apr 19th, 2017 5:36 pm

"Esther will be missed dearly. I have know Esther almost all of my life. VBS at church and Sunday School. Esther was always at family gatherings .I will treasure her always and her Strong faith in Jesus. Esther was such a great example and I loved her just like a grandma. I will treasure all the great memories.Esther I love you and so does Hunter.I will be praying for the family in this difficult time."

Kitty Ruppert - Apr 20th, 2017 8:11 am

"Thankful for my friendship with Esther and the talks we had. She also had my boys in their after school club. Lovely , lovey woman of God."

Denise Justus - Apr 22nd, 2017 9:52 am

"I served with Esther on the board of the Tustin Community Library. Esther took her responsibilities seriously but always with good humor. I miss seeing her sitting on the sidewalk tending the flower bed in front of the post office. "

Michael James Siebeneicher - Apr 25th, 2017 4:00 pm

" Thank you for your condolences. My mom was an extraordinarily gifted woman. She taught tap dancing, played the piano and sang with gusto. She would have been the first to admit that as much as she enjoyed singing, she couldn't carry a tune in a handbasket. As a Hollywood career was not to be her fate, her next brush with celebrity came with being a preachers wife. She was my father's musical director, bible school administrator, public relation person, etc. She wore many different hats and wore them all well. I am devastated by her departure. My father Jim went to be with Jesus in 1993. My sister Bonnie is battling cancer and in chemo as I post this. I am becoming thoroughly familiar with my own mortality. My youngest sister, Catherine and her wonderful family stood by my mother as she came to a merciful end after a protracted and painful struggle with cancer. God bless her generous spirit."

Val Gregory - Sep 3rd, 2017 9:51 pm

"Mrs. Siebeneicher or Mrs. "C B" as we used to call her as kids led me to Jesus as a child at the bible club she taught at First Baptist in Tustin. I lived down the rode from her as a child and she would invite my sisters and I to play dominoes with her and remember her graciously letting us hop from stepping stone to stepping stone in her beautiful garden.I am now a grown adult and did not keep in contact with her since childhood but decided to try and look her up online to see if she was still with us but see she recently went to be with the Lord. She made a profound impact in my life and thought about her often growing up. I have continued to grow in my faith and wish I would have been able to thank her for teaching me about the love of Jesus!"

Christine Engels - Mar 29th, 2018 11:52 am

"It has been almost a year and I miss you more than the day you left. I love you grandma CB. I will never forget you. I will see you again someday."

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