Esther (Bargielski) Sheppard

Born: Mon., Apr. 28, 1924
Died: Fri., Jul. 20, 2018

Funeral Service

10:00 AM Sat., Jul. 28, 2018
Location: Edward J Garr Funeral Home Inc

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Esther Bargielski Sheppard was a proud first generation Polish-American. Her parents, Helen Zacek Bargielski and Anthony Bargielski, built a loving home in Erie for her and her siblings: Cecelia, Regina, Leona, Edward, Henry and Jerome who have all passed away. Esther joined them on July 20, 2018.
Though she grew up in Erie's Polish community and received her instruction in Polish at St. Stanislaus School, Esther became fluent in English and graduated from East High School in 1941 with honors. She greatly valued the benefits of education and much later in life took pride in having raised four college-educated children.
Esther began her working career as a secretary at GE. While visiting a sister in Baltimore she met Charles "Shep" Sheppard, a Scots-Irish protestant from West Virginia. They fell in love. Although initially against her family's wishes, they married, earned the love and respect of her family, and built a long, happy life together. 
When all of her children were off to school, Esther worked for over ten years in the "Foundations" department on the mezzanine of the Boston Store. She also had the distinction of serving as an enumerator for the U.S. Census for five continuous decades. At age 65 she became the receptionist/office manager of Alpha Speech & Language Center and finally retired from there at age 79.
Esther was a lifelong Catholic, member and officer of the St. Stan's Holy Rosary Society, and a Eucharistic Minister.
Esther was a loving, generous woman. She loved traveling, cards, shopping, musicals, all things Polish, knitting and every word game ever published or televised. She was an avid member of the Erie Scrabble Club for years. She supported her children's goals and interests in every way she could. She sustained lasting friendships through all the years through loyalty and kindness. 
Her beloved Shep died in February 2013, but she is survived by her four children: Colleen (Michael) Dovichin, C. Russell (Char) Sheppard, A. Dewey (Elizabeth) Sheppard, and Karen Sheppard; eleven grandchildren she doted on: Erin, Dawn, Colin, Chara, Brook, Rustene, Luke, Julia, Nathan, Reuben and Madison; five great-grandchildren she delighted to see whenever possible: Bailey, Haley, Logan, Finley, and Odin and several, much loved nieces and nephews.
A prayer service will be held this Saturday at the Edward J. Garr Funeral Home, 459 East 12th Street, Erie, PA 16503 at 10:00 AM. Please send memorials to the Barber National Institute in thanks for their support in years past of Esther's younger brother, Jerry. Please send condolences to

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Gloria Pulford
   Posted Thu July 26, 2018
To the Sheppard family,
I fondly remember your mother and different activities I was able to participate in with your family and Karen. Your mom always reminded me that she had a girlfriend named Gloria too. I will be unable to attend services on Saturday do to a family reunion. My heart and my prayers will be with all of you as I fondly remember you're mother, Esther.
Gloria Pulford

Loretta Baran
   Posted Thu July 26, 2018
Dear Colleen and family,
Please accept my sympathy on the loss of your Mother. When I first saw the announcement in the newspaper I emailed Louann. You had already talked to her. She just didn't know where you were at that time. I also talked with my friend from Church, Rose Marie Bargielski who is related to you and said she had baby sat you years ago. Yes, it truly is a small world.
With love and prayers,

   Posted Fri July 27, 2018
So sorry for your loss.

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