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Esther M. Hopewell, 91, of Rose Valley, died Sunday May 15, 2022 at the Williamsport Home. Her husband LaMar Hopewell preceded her in death in 1998.

She was born in Williamsport on December 25, 1930 to the late Joel and Martha (Mantz) Benjamin.

Esther was a member of the South Williamsport United Methodist Church. She often helped her husband with his business, LaMar Hopewell Hauling, but spent most of her time turning a house into a home for her family.

Esther and LaMar were living the lyrics of A Bushel and a Peck when they met at the Rose Valley Apple Farm, hauling and sorting apples and sharing 50 years of love together. Esther’s favorite pastimes were crocheting, quilting, tying knots and making bedspreads. She enjoyed collecting wolves, going for walks and baking, especially snacks for her morning coffee group with friends. Above all, she loved her family and spent a lot of time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Surviving are their daughters Nancy Heilman (Peter) of Williamsport, Judy Hauser (Raymond), Susan Seitzinger and Annette Easton (Max, Jr.) of Montoursville; 10 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren, one great-great-grandson; a sister, Paulette Neidigh; and many beloved nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by a daughter, Marlene Joye Hopewell, a sister, Joye Hampton, a son-in-law, Kent Seitzinger, a great-grandson, Dewey Hauser, and a great-niece, Kylee Case.

A funeral service in honor of Esther’s life will be held at 10:30 am on Saturday, May 28 at the Sanders Mortuary, 821 Diamond Street, Williamsport. Burial will follow at Trout Run Cemetery. The family welcomes friends to Sanders from 10 a.m. through Saturday’s service.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in Esther’s name to the National MS Society, PO Box #91891, Washington, DC 20090 or the American Cancer Society, PO BOX 862 Carnegie, PA 15106.

Online statements of condolences can be made on Esther’s memorial page at

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