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Esther Wolf Lentz

October 2, 1934 — January 18, 2023

Esther Wolf Lentz, 88, of Battle Creek, MI went Home to the loving arms of her Savior on January 18th, 2023, at MediLodge of Marshall.

Esther was born October 2, 1934, at Nichols Hospital in Battle Creek, the daughter of Irven E. and Elizabeth (Curtis) Wolf. She attended Joy School in Pennfield Township through eighth grade, and First Pennfield Consolidated School for ninth grade. She graduated from Battle Creek Central High School in 1952 and attended Kellogg Community College. She graduated from Argubright School of Business. She worked sixteen years for the Kellogg Company, then owned and operated the Saxon Drive Inn Restaurant in Hastings. Afterwards, she was an administrative assistant for Dr. Power and Dr. Stephenson, Lotte U.S.A., and Robbins Realty.

Esther was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Bill, her son Michael Lentz, her grandson Abraheim Zeaiter, her sister Edna Boyce, and brother Harold Wolf. Esther is survived by sons Christopher (Nancy) Micklatcher of Augusta, Michigan and Paul Lentz of Texas, and daughters Sally (Terry) Lester of Battle Creek, Mitzi (David) Lantz of GA and Janean Lentz of Ludington, Michigan, and brother Elmer Wolf of Climax, Michigan. Esther is also survived by numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, cousins, nephews, and nieces.

In 1987 Esther was in an automobile accident which left her wheelchair bound. But this did not slow her down. Always optimistic, courageous, and determined, she went on to live a full and active life despite her physical limitations.

After her accident, Esther was active in the community as a volunteer, serving on several boards and committees: Burnham Brook building site committee, Governor's Commission of Women for Highway Safety, American Women's Business Association, Calhoun County Medical Assistance, Beta Sigma Phi Sorority, Felpausch Food Stores Consumer Advisory Board, and the United Savers Federal Credit Union Board of Directors. Esther was also a member of ARC and State of Michigan Protection and Advocacy Services. Esther enjoyed teaching her friends from the Japanese community how to cook "American style", and volunteering at the Balloon Festival VIP tent and Taste of Battle Creek. Esther was an active member of Chapel Hill United Methodist Church. She loved entertaining friends and family in her home. Her door was always open, especially during the holidays, because she didn't like anyone to be alone.

Friends will be received 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. Wednesday, February 22, 2023 at Farley Estes Dowdle Funeral Cremation Preneed Care.

A service to celebrate Esther's life will be held at Chapel Hill United Methodist Church 12:00 noon Thursday, February 23, 2023. Committal and Interment will follow at Fort Custer National Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to Chapel Hill United Methodist Church, 157 Chapel Hill Drive, Battle Creek, MI 49015. Personal messages for the family may be placed in the Memory Book at

Service Schedule

Past Services


Wednesday, February 22, 2023

4:00 - 6:00 pm (Eastern time)

Farley Estes Dowdle Funeral Cremation Preneed Care

105 Capital Ave NE, Battle Creek, MI 49017

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Funeral Service

Thursday, February 23, 2023

Starts at 12:00 pm (Eastern time)

Chapel Hill United Methodist Church

157 Chapel Hill Dr, Battle Creek, MI 49015

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Thursday, February 23, 2023

Starts at 1:30 pm (Eastern time)

Fort Custer National Cemetery

15501 W Dickman Rd, Augusta, MI 49012

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