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In loving memory of
Esther Herpe
  • January 24, 1933
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  • January 08, 2017

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Esther “Rusty” Herpe, 83, of Longwood, Florida, passed away Jan. 8, 2017.


She is survived by her husband of 64 years, Bob Herpe; daughters Debbie Schwartz (Howard) and Lori Bohnert (Kurt); grandchildren Erika Alter (Adam), Michael Schwartz (Krysta), Tari Bohnert, Sam Schwartz (Cass Rasnick); great-grandchild Axel Schwartz; nieces Narda Moscato, Rana Gorzeck and nephew, Dennis Margolis; and honorary daughter Susan Alexander.


She was preceded in death by her parents Jean Drexler Margolis and Harry Margolis and brother Arthur Margolis.


Born Jan. 24, 1933 in Philadelphia, Esther’s copper-colored hair earned her the nickname Rusty.


As the legend goes, she met Bob, the love of her life, thanks to some old-fashioned matchmaking by her two aunts – one from Philadelphia and one from Chicago. After Rusty’s graduation from West Philadelphia High School, a visit was arranged for the pair to meet in Chicago. It was love at first sight.


Their family grew, her daughters bringing four grandchildren whom she adored and spoiled rotten.


She kept countless photos of family and friends in all corners of her home, spending time in recent years admiring the newest additions to her family, including a grandson- and granddaughters-in-law, and her first great-grandchild.


A memorial service and celebration life will be held promptly at 11 a.m. on Friday, January 13, 2017, at One Senior Place, 715 Douglas Ave., Altamonte Springs, FL 32714.  Friends are invited to the Bohnert residence, 673 Longview Place, (located in Sabal Point sub-division), Longwood, FL 32779 immediately following the service.


In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in her memory to the Alzheimer’s Association, www.alz.org.



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  1. Lois Voron says:
    17 Feb 2017
    Dear Bob, Something made me look at your web site and I’m sad to say that I learned of Rusty’s passing.
    My sincere condolences to you and your family. I too
    had a loss, my younger son Peter passed away 2 years
    ago. All I can say is that all your great memories will sustain you in the days to come.
    Fondly, LoiVoron

  2. dennise murray boyle says:
    12 Jan 2017
    Debbie and family,

    Rusty was a fire cracker- full of life and opinions.
    I have fond memories of time spent in Bethany celebrating family events. Your mom and dad were fun people.
    I am sorry for your loss.

  3. Bettie Hill says:
    11 Jan 2017
    Debbie, my deepest condolences to you and your family for your loss.

  4. Cindy Creede says:
    11 Jan 2017
    Debbie and Family,
    It's a tribute to your family when the care and love given to your mother and father during her illness comes to light. I had a mother and grandmother with the same end stage disease and know how hard it is to keep the energy high and the smile on during some days. Your Dad must feel so alone now after the full and wonderful life he and your mom had....More energy will be needed from all of you but if anyone can step up it's you. You have all earned your places in heaven. Your mother was a lucky woman.

  5. Mona says:
    11 Jan 2017
    Praying for you and your family

  6. Mike and Renee Aschkenas says:
    11 Jan 2017
    So very sorry for your loss. We are thinking of you and yours.

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