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Esther Philomena Spangler

Esther Spangler, also known as Tode(e) to her friends and family, passed away peacefully Sept. 3, 2016 at the Republic County Long Term Care in Belleville, KS at the age of 93.
She was born January 15, 1923 in Chillicothe, MO, the youngest child of Herman Joseph Bauer and Agnes Martin Bauer. Esther was a 1940 graduate of St. Joseph’s Academy and attended the Chillicothe Business College.

Tode(e) married Claude Leland Martin of Chillicothe in 1942. Three children were born of this union. After Claude’s death in 1957, she subsequently married Robert Richard Spangler in 1962 and moved from Chillicothe to Belleville and to this union one son was born.

She worked at the Farmers Electric in Chillicothe and later at the Intermountain Veterinary Supply in Belleville. She enjoyed music, dancing, playing cards, and her pets. She was a life long St. Louis Cardinal baseball fan and followed them religiously. She was a dedicated fan of the local high school sports teams and supporter of the auto races at the Belleville Fairgrounds. She was a member of St. Edward’s Catholic Church and the Altar Society.

Preceding her in death were her parents, her four brothers and one sister, husbands Claude and Robert, long-time friend Harold Mitchell and step-son Steve Spangler.
She is survived by her children, David Martin and wife Nikki of Chillicothe, Steve and wife Nan of Southlake, TX, Ann Martin Bowman and husband Darrell of Emporia, KS, and Robert (Bobby Joe) and friend Mary Ann Kramer of Lincoln, NE, and step-son David Spangler and wife Martha of Ft. Lauderdale, FL. In addition, she is survived by 22 grandchildren and 15 great grandchildren, other relatives and many friends.

Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at Ten AM, Saturday, September 10, 2016, St. Edward’s Catholic Church, Belleville, KS, with Fr. David Metz and Fr. Henry Baxa, celebrants.
Interment will be in Belleville Cemetery, Belleville, KS.
Memorials may be given to St. Edward’s Catholic Church or Belleville Athletic Department.
Friends may call on Thursday from 1 PM to 9 PM, Friday from 9 AM to 9 PM at Bachelor-Surber Funeral Home, Belleville, KS.
A Vigil/Rosary service will be held at 7:00 PM, Friday at the funeral home.
Online condolences and information at
Bachelor-Surber Funeral Home, Belleville, KS, in charge of arrangements.


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