Carol Steuer Esterson died at her home on January 10, 2022 at 8:05 a.m., at the age of 92.
Beloved wife of the late Howard A. Esterson. Beloved mother of Marlena Michal Esterson, Lori Esterson and Kenny (Lili) Esterson.
Loving and devoted sister of the late Ina S. Bawer and the late Norman R. Steuer. Beloved aunt of Susan (Bawer) Greenhalgh, Bill M. Steuer, Rebecca (Steuer) Rochester, Jami Gulko, David Gulko and Daniel Gulko and great aunt of Marley Steuer, Lindsay Steuer and Jamie Steuer, Michelle Greenhalgh and Ian Greenhalgh.
She was born on September 22, 1929 to Max and Ruth (Rosie) Steuer in New York. His early years were in Cedarhurst, Long Island, NY. When she was 7, her family moved to Miami.
She had a happy childhood.
She was a Girl Scout and took piano lessons for a time and enjoyed fishing with her father.
When she was 9, Carol wrote a letter to a reporter from a local fishing show and told him about the fish she had caught (including catches from several trips). He read the letter on the air.
In high school, Carol played on the school tennis team (ranked 4th), pitched for the softball team, bowled, and played badminton, volleyball, and basketball. She also wrote sports articles for our school newspaper and had a press pass to Major League Baseball’s spring training games in Miami Beach. In her senior year, Carol received “Outstanding Girl Athlete” recognition. She also played clarinet in the school marching band. Carol has participated in two Orange Bowl parades in Miami. After her father’s death, she and her mother moved to Miami Beach. She fished off a small pier at the waterway behind her house. After graduating, she moved to Cincinnati and attended the University of Cincinnati.
She learned to cook on her own and did more cooking when she shared an apartment. with his brother.
She enjoyed snow skating and won an archery award at the University of Cincinnati and continued to pay tennis as well. Two years later, she transferred to Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio to become a dental hygienist. Her years at Ohio State were great and she was on the badminton team and loved tennis more. Carol enjoyed dental school, dorm life, and social life. She graduated in 1951 and returned to Cincinnati to work as a dental hygienist in my stepfather’s office.
During a visit to California, she meets Howard, the son of her mother’s and stepfather’s friends. Their mutual love of sport brought us together in a short time.
Carol and Howard married in 1956 and lived first in Point Loma and later in La Mesa. During her children’s early growing years, she was a stay-at-home mom. Carol enjoyed being involved in the activities of her children and their friends. Carol has volunteered as a Camp Fire Girls leader (involved for 10 years) and was a counselor at day camps in Balboa Park. Carol started a Camp Fire Girls group at a residential facility for retards and jr. high school girls from Lori’s Camp Fire group helped her with this program.
Carol has taken education classes over the years: quilting, gourmet cooking, crochet and knitting classes, piano, sign language and crafts. When her youngest was in jr. in high school, she began working part-time for the El Cajon School District in special education classes. I worked there for 10 years and found the work very rewarding. The sport remained an interest into his 60s.
Carol and Howard played in a league as a couple for several years. As a family, they liked to camp at the beach or in the mountains. After retirement, Carol enjoyed hanging out with friends and staying active. They had subscriptions for Aztec football games and also for Padre baseball.
Carol and Howard moved to Sun Lakes Country Club in Banning to retire in 1989. They had a delightful life at
Sun Lakes Country Club. They took part three days a week in table tennis, Friendship Club, bowling and pétanque competitions.
Carol was also a member of the first recreation committee, sewed costumes for the drama club, joined two quilting groups, made items for charity with the Sew What Club, a knitting group and she followed crafts and ceramics classes. Carol also participated in a school reading program for slower learners. She and her husband enjoyed Dominos, Tripoly, playing cards, theater, reading and movies.
A severe heart attack in February 1995 interrupted many of his activities. Carol always enjoyed reading, knitting, crocheting, sewing and donating items she made to various groups – chemo hats, scarves and hat sets as needed.
Carol was a wonderful mother, wife and friend to many. She will be greatly missed by all.
Entombment will take place on January 25, 2022, at noon, at the Cypress View Mausoleum, 3953 Imperial Avenue at 40th Street, San Diego (92113). In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her memory to St. Jude Children’s Hospital.