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Esther B. Ploch, 98, of rural Peru died May 11, 2014 in Manor Court of Liberty Village, Peru. Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday in Immanuel Lutheran Church on County Line, rural Peru. The Rev. Roger Helgren will officiate. Burial will be at Granville Cemetery. Visitation will be 5-8 p.m. Tuesday in Dysart-Cofoid Funeral Chapel, Granville. She was born May 26, 1915, in Putnam County to Emil and Anna (Immel) Zellmer. She married William G. Ploch on June 2, 1936, in Immanuel Lutheran Church. She was baptized and confirmed in Immanuel Church and was a lifelong member, having taught Sunday school for 50 years, served on the church council, sang in the choir, was an active leader and a member of the church women’s organization. She worked as activity director at Heritage Manor in Peru for 20 years, also had past employment with Moews Seed Co. and Tonica Greenhouse. She was past president of Tonica 20th Century Club, a charter member of National Farmers Organization and sang with the Harmonnaires for several years. Esther lived her entire life on the farm until moving to Liberty Village for healthcare. She is survived by one son, Roger (Carolynn) Ploch of rural Peru; one daughter Anita (Ted) Timke of Granville; six grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband on Jan. 16, 2000; and two brothers, Walter and Clarence. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to Immanuel Lutheran Church, County Line, Peru or ELCA World Hunger program which she actively supported. Online condolences for Esther’s family may be directed to dcfunerals.com.