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RANTOUL — Esther M. Hethke, 79, of Fisher went home to be with her husband Saturday morning (Feb. 9, 2019) at OSF Heart of Mary Medical Center, Urbana.

She was born Jan. 29, 1940, in Farmer City, a daughter of Chester and Flora (Whitehouse) Torrence. She married Arnold Hethke on April 15, 1956, in Farmer City. He preceded her in death April 12, 2009.

She is survived by three sons, Michael (Alice) Hethke of Hazard, Ky., Norman (Teresa) Hethke of Rantoul and Tim (Sara) Hethke of Rantoul; four grandchildren, Michael Hethke of Hazard, Ky., Richard Hethke of Rantoul, Rebecca (Andy) Landstrom of Dewey and Darrell Hethke of Farmer City; and four great-grandchildren.

Esther loved old-time country music, and she loved to travel to various musical events. She was also an avid Illini fan. She was a member of River Valley Church in Fisher, where she was involved in the Bible studies and women’s groups. She loved to spend time with her family and great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at River Valley Church, Fisher. The Rev. Andy Baker will officiate. Burial will be at 1 p.m. Saturday in Ridgeland Township Cemetery, Thawville. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday at Lux Memorial Chapel, 1551 E. Grove Ave., Rantoul.

Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association.