Esther Louise Lianna

October 2, 1931 ~ April 30, 2020 (age 88)


SALEM – Esther “Louise” Lianna, age 88 died Thursday, April 30, 2020. She was born October 2, 1931 in Barnesville, OH, the daughter of the late John and Bessie (Ankrom) Gatchel.

Esther worked as an executive secretary for 22 years at Eljer Corp. She was a member of Salem United Methodist Church, V.F.W. Auxiliary, a Red Cross volunteer, Salem United Methodist Women, card clubs, enjoyed golf and bowling.

Her husbands, John Burgess, Donald Biddison and Rudolph John “Lee” Lianna preceded her in death.

Survivors include a daughter, Kelley (Larry) Kurtz of Youngstown and a sister, Betty Pokas of Martinsferry.

Besides her parents and husbands, a brother, Ralph Gatchel and a sister, Evelyn Carpenter also preceded her in death.

A private service will be held Monday, May 4, 2020 at Stark Memorial. Burial will be held at Hope Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to First United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 463, Salem, OH 44460 or Community Hospice, 716 Commercial Ave. SW, New Philadelphia, OH 44663.

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Private Family Service
May 4, 2020


First United Methodist Church
P.O. Box 463, Salem OH 44460

Community Hospice
716 Commercial Ave. SW, New Philadelphia OH 44663

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