Esther C. Burtner, 95 yrs. of Honey Brook, formerly of Pottstown, passed away on Thursday, January 31, 2019 at the Tel Hai Retirement Community.

She was born on Tuesday, May 8, 1923 in Elverson, PA. Esther was the daughter of the late George R. and Ruth S. Cook. She was the wife of the late Neal R. Burtner, who died in 1999.

Esther was a homemaker to her beloved family. She also worked as a Home Economics teacher in the Owen J. Roberts School District. Esther was a graduate of Penn State University. She was a member of the Cedarville United Methodist Church in Pottstown. Esther enjoyed quilting and watercolor painting.

She was preceded in death by two brothers George H. (Esther R) Cook and Robert E. Cook.

She is survived by a son, Neal A. Burtner of Canandaigua, NY, a daughter, Eileen B. Jameson and her husband Douglas J. Kennett of Alexandria, VA, two brothers, Kenneth Cook (Jane)of Wyomissing and Walter Cook (Margie) of Elizabethtown and sister in law Ruth R. Cook. There are 3 Grandsons Curtis, Douglas and John and seven Great grandchildren.

A funeral service will be held on Monday, February 4, 2019 at 1PM from the Chapel of the Tel Hai Retirement Community, 3100 Tel Hai Circle, Honey Brook, Pa., with Pastor Tim Herr officiating. Interment will follow at the Elverson Methodist Cemetery. A calling hour will be held from 12 to 1 PM at the chapel. For directions to the Tel Hai Retirement Community, please visit

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in the memory of Esther to the Tel Hai Care Assurance Fund, PO Box 190, Honey Brook, Pa. 19344-0190.

Arrangements by The Labs Funeral Home, Inc. of Honey Brook, Pa.

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Esther was part of my family for more than 30 years, and I am very glad to have known her. She was a kind, honest, and genuine person, and I know she will be missed by many. My condolences go out to Neal, Eileen, and her many grandchildren and great-grandchildren who knew her well. May you rest in peace and enjoy your reunion with your husband Neal.

~ Bill Jameson
2/5/2019 5:50:34 PM

My sister Tina informed me of your mother's passing. Very sorry to hear but I believe she had a long wonderful life. I remember her from Owen J as my teacher and was very good. She was always pleasant and smiled. I new Mr. Burtner closer because of Ag. classes and FFA. He was a great teacher and will never forget that. Both will be missed and Thank you for them.

~ Susan Kulp Ferry Villanova, Pennsylvania
2/4/2019 2:50:43 PM

To the Burtner family, I was the daughter of Harold & Dawn Kulp, farmers in East Coventry. Your father was helpful to my Dad as well as a teacher for my siblings Eugene, Ed and Sue. I got to see your Mother at Tel Hai when my mother-in-law, Ruth Essick became a resident at Hillcrest at Tel Hai. It was always nice to be able to say Hi to your Mother. I am sure you will miss her but rejoicing in her new home in heaven and a new body. Ruth was buried on the day your Mother passed. Our sympathies.

~ Tina Essick Pottstown, PA
2/4/2019 8:08:45 AM

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