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Esther Spittka, 84, of Midland, passed away surrounded by her loving family on February 28, 2020 at MidMichigan Medical Center. She was born on April 26, 1935 to the late Paul and Irene (Armbruster) Scheibner. On August 24, 1957 she married Fred Spittka and they shared 62 wonderful years together. They were the first couple to be married in the new church.


Esther worked as a nurse at the Midland Hospital for 14 years. She was a member of the Auburn First Baptist Church for 64 years where she was part of their quilting group and a leader of AWANA. Esther loved the Lord very much. She enjoyed sewing, puzzling and traveling. She will be remembered for her wonderful sense of humor.


Esther is survived by her husband, Fred, children, Steven (Mary) Spittka, Ronald (Liz Franklin) Spittka, grandchildren; Faith Spittka, Shania Spittka, sister-in-law, Pat Scheibner and several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her brothers, Ewald (Charlene) Scheibner and Ralph Scheibner.


A funeral service will take place at 11:00 am on March 3, 2020 at Auburn First Baptist Church with Pastor Ed Lawrence officiating. Friends may visit with the family at Smith-Miner Funeral Home on Monday, March 2, 2020 from 5-7 pm and at the church on Tuesday from 10 am until the time of service. Burial will take place at Larkin Township Cemetery.


Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider Auburn First Baptist Church or Gideon’s International.


Smith-Miner Funeral Home is honored to be serving the Spittka family; to share a special memory please visit www.smithminer.com.

Condolence Messages

  1. Judy Kuehl

    03 March 2020 1 year ago

    Fred, I’m so sorry to hear of Esther’s passing, not for her sake because she has gone home to her Heavenly Father, but for your sake. I’m sure you and the family will miss her terribly. One thing is certain though; her love for you will always be warmly in your heart, and that’s a great blessing and comfort. I’m thinking of you fondly and wishing you peace.

  2. Roxanne Weisend Brooks

    02 March 2020 1 year ago

    Fred, I remember seeing you and Esther around town and it was always so lovely to run into both of you . I’m so for your loss.

  3. Michael Collins

    01 March 2020 1 year ago

    Sorry for your loss, Uncle Fred. I have many fond memories of being in the house with the two of you and Steve and Ron growing up. Always loved the home cooked meals – eating my fill until I couldn’t eat anymore while joking around the dinner table. Aunt Esther will be remembered with love. I am sure that she is enjoying heaven much more than we can imagine. I wonder what her kitchen looks like up there.

  4. Linda Roth

    01 March 2020 1 year ago

    My sincere condolances, Fred.
    Esther will always be in your heart. Feel her love and warmth and smile.

  5. Gordon and Anita

    29 February 2020 1 year ago

    Dear Fred and family….we mourn the loss of our dear friend Esther…. We were at Turkey Roost last Friday and looked for both of you……..we so enjoyed all the fun trips with you both with Sunshine Tours…now she and Karen, our tour guide, can be together and we can all be with them on our next trip which will be to our heavenly home. God be with you all at this sad time and always…..

  6. Joan Farkas

    29 February 2020 1 year ago

    Dearest Fred, My heart breaks for your loss of Esther. What a sweet and lovely lady she was. I remember when she crocheted a doll dress for a doll for Stephanie and Stephanie thought it was the most beautiful doll she’d ever seen. I pray that your faith in our loving God will sustain you during these difficult times. I am so sorry. I have some words for you that I thought would denote the feelings you have for the precious lady whose memory you hold so dear: So, so wie ich dich liebe
    so, so liebe auch mich.
    Die, die zärtlichsten Triebe
    fühl’ ich allein nur für dich.
    Ja, ja, ja, ja, fühl’ ich allein nur für dich.

    I love you, Fred. I pray that God holds you in the palm of His hands during this time. Joanie Farkas

  7. Jim Wilson

    29 February 2020 1 year ago

    So sorry Fred for your loss- I so much enjoyed knowing you ; you were the master with the big broom

  8. jimwil50@frontier.com

    29 February 2020 1 year ago

    Jim Wilson

  9. Jan B. Loveless

    29 February 2020 1 year ago

    I did not know Esther, but Fred was the world’s best custodian when I taught in the Midland Public Schools. I’m so sad to read of the family’s loss and send my condolences from California, where we have lived for almost 20 years.

  10. Mersina Karris

    29 February 2020 1 year ago

    My deepest sympathy. “May her memory be eternal”

  11. Paul Duso

    28 February 2020 1 year ago

    Dear Fred, Steve & Ron, We offer our greatest sympathy for the loss of your Dear Wife / Mother. Esther was a fantastic lady and her passing will mean a loss for many. You are in our thoughts and prayers.
    Paul & Kagey Duso

  12. Ray Fryar

    28 February 2020 1 year ago

    I am very sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. May the Lord lift you up and shower you with strength, peace, love and comfort. Rest In Peace, Esther.

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