Your personal message will be sent to Saksa Funeral Homes and then given to the family of the deceased.


In Loving Memory of
Esther Virginia Porter

Esther Virginia Porter, 96, passed away peacefully in her home in Edwardsville, IL, on September 3, 2019. Esther was born in St. Louis on April 16, 1923. She was the youngest of three children born to Louis and Gertrude (Larsen) Rezek. A memorial and funeral service will be held beginning at 10 a.m. on Friday, September 6, 2019 at Edwardsville Baptist Church, 534 St. Louis Street, Edwardsville, Illinois.

She was married to Floyd Porter for 45 years, and had 4 daughters, who she loved and treasured. She was very close to her mother-in-law, Maythel Curtis. She loved to “people watch” with her father-in-law, Lloyd Porter.

Though having lived through the Great Depression, World War II, illness, poverty, and personal disappointments, she always found strength in her savior, Jesus Christ. She was strong in spirit, and adversity only served to make her stronger. Her faith was important to her; she taught Sunday school for many years.  When she was no longer able to do that, she enjoyed watching Joel Osteen and re-telling jokes she’d heard during his televised sermons.

She was a voracious reader, enjoyed Bible study, crafting, sewing, gardening, and crossword puzzles, collecting antiques, and absolutely adored her little dog, Max who was her loyal companion. She expressed her love and friendship by cooking and baking for others. She taught her daughters to make French toast the way her Dad had taught her, and her

“Chocolate Surprise” and German Chocolate Cake were special treats her family regularly requested for birthdays and holidays. Not a Christmas passed that her children and grandchildren went without her homemade cookies.

After raising their children in Spanish Lake, Missouri, Esther and Floyd moved to Ironton, Missouri for retirement. After many years in Ironton, she moved to Edwardsville to be nearer to family. She made many life-long friends everywhere she lived, but the friendships she forged during her time at Spanish Lake were special and dear to her.

Esther was preceded in death by her parents, Louis and Gertrude Rezek, and her two brothers, Louis and Arthur. Left to honor her and remember her love are her four daughters: Carol Harris, Dale (David) File, Lynn (Dennis) O’Brien, Jan (Scott) Dye, her ten grandchildren: Robert (Toka) Harris, Libby (Scott) Grimmett, Denise (Randall) Williams, Timothy Harris, Brian (Lisa) Hampson, Christina Kettmann, Timothy O’Brien, Tamara (Frank) Sciara, Dana (Adam) Reed, and Amy (Brandon) Roller. Also surviving are many great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren. 

Her family grieves her passing and will miss her spirited humor and strength. 

Thomas Saksa Funeral Home 2205 Pontoon Rd Granite City IL 62040  618-876-4321
Saksa Mateer Funeral Home  210 N. Kansas Edwardsville IL 62025  618-656-7577

Website created and hosted by :

For website related comments or questions please email : Webmaster