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Penny Gail EsmanPenny Gail Esman, of Vicksburg passed away on Tuesday, October 15, 2019 at the age of 67. Penny was born on February 14, 1952 in Indianapolis, Indiana. She was the daughter of Preston Hubert and Edna (Sumerville) Lard. She graduated from Kalamazoo Central High School and attended classes at Kalamazoo Valley Community College. On January 24, 1981 she married the love of her life, Harm Esman, Sr. She was a CNA that worked at Friendship Village and various other places over the years. She is described by her family as awesome, sassy, loving, strong-willed, beautiful, silly and sometimes a little goofy. Her hobbies included Facebook, reading romance novels and listening to Elvis. Her greatest gift besides for her love for her family would be helping others. She was a very selfless person that brightened the lives of those she touched. She is preceded in death by her parents: Preston and Edna Lard; and her sister: Esther Lard. She is survived by her husband of 38 years, Harm Esman Sr; six children: Delbert "Bud" James (Aimee Labrec) Gunnett, of Athens; Jeremiah Lee (Shannon) Gunnett, of Kalamazoo; Jedediah Jack (Crystle) Gunnett Sr, of Grand Junction; Harm Esman Jr, of Kalamazoo; Jessica Ann (Michael) Lopez, of Vicksburg; and Jennifer (James) Boren, of Vicksburg. She is also survived by her 20 grandchildren: Tristen, Cammi, James, Stephanie, Kaitlyn, Jeremiah Jr, Cherrish, Jedediah, Brittany, Harm III, Christian, Briana, Autumn, Cordell, Savannah, Justine, Zack, Audrey, Alexis, and Chelsea; two great grandchildren: Madalynn and Harper; one brother: Preston "Corky" Lard Jr, of Kalamazoo. Penny will be cremated and the family will have a Celebration of Life Service at a later date. Please visit Penny's webpage at www.mccowensecord.com where you can read her obituary, sign the guestbook, and share a memory with the family. The family is being assisted by the McCowen & Secord Funeral Home, Rupert-Durham Chapel, 409 S. Main, Vicksburg, MI 269-649-1697.
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Esman and Gunnett family, Dad Ed and I, would like to take a moment to say how very sorry for such a great loss in your lives Penny was a great mother and grandmother. Dad and I have many good memories. Not to mention Dad Ed liked visiting with Penny and Harm sr. Penny and my mom Mary got along great. Penny was very kind to me during the loss of my mother. I'll always be thankful for that. May God keep his hand upon all of you during this time, fill your hearts and minds with comfort and peace. Your friend Edward Moskalik.
Edward and Tonya Oct 28 2019 10:58 AM
I dont know where to begin. I dont know how to sum up words and courage to write things I may not fully comprehend or understand. Let me begin by saying that I loved my grandmother. I love all of my family. I always have. Although mistakes were made within all of our lives, I have held true to the belief that everything happens for a reason. I watched so many of my family grow and change throughout the years. I got to have beautiful wonderful uncles and aunts, cousins that were some of my best friends. I got to watch my family grow. At the end of the day my grandmother was one of the reasons our family has grown so strong. She loved her family. And even if I dont have the relationship with most of my family that I wish I did, I will remember her for being the matriarch of our family and pray that god gives her eternal rest and that our family can heal from this tragedy. Always and forever Tristen James Gunnett
Tristen Gunnett Oct 28 2019 10:58 AM
Harm and Family I'm so sorry for your family's loss, my deepest condolences.
Betty Root Oct 28 2019 10:57 AM