Esther T. Chlebanowski

MENDOTA – Esther T. Chlebanowski, 84, of Mendota passed away Thursday, Sept. 29, 2022 at Good Samaritan Hospital in Downers Grove. 

Funeral services will be Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2022 at noon at the Merritt Funeral Home, Mendota with Rev. Brian Kelly officiating. Private burial will be in Elm Lawn Cemetery in Elmhurst. Visitation will be Wednesday from 10:30 a.m. until time of services. 

Esther was born Oct. 21, 1937 in Chicago to Earl and Esther (Sorenson) Huff. She married Bernard Didricksen. He preceded her in death on June 1, 1996. She married Matthew Chlebanowski on June 11, 1998 and they moved to Mendota. 

She is survived by her husband Matthew Chlebanowski of Mendota; her son James (Laura) Didricksen of Utica; two daughters Patricia Didricksen of Ottawa and Sonja Mannella of Winfield; her twin sister, Marie (James) Rubietta of Jefferson, Wis.; eight grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.  

She was preceded in death by her parents, three brothers and one sister. 

Esther attended school in Elgin. She was involved in various church groups and she held various jobs throughout the years. She enjoyed listening to Billy Graham. Since she did not drive, she enjoyed walking throughout Mendota. She also loved cooking and baking for her family. Esther always made sure children attended Sunday school.  

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