Esther Crouso

| August 15, 2022

UPDATE: Due to the health and safety concerns of COVID-19, the family of Esther I. (Maxwell) Crouso, have made the difficult decision to cancel the Calling Hours and Funeral service that was to held on Thursday, August 18, 2022 at the  West Lafayette United Methodist Church.

A Graveside Service will be held at 4:00 pm on Thursday, August 18, 2022, at Fairfield Cemetery with Pastor Matt Anderson officiating. There will be a Facebook Livestream of the Graveside Service for those unable to attend. Given-Dawson-Paisley Funeral Home is serving the family.

Esther Crouso, 90, went home to be with the Lord from her lovely “dome” home that was built for her by her husband of 56 years, Vic Crouso, and her two sons, Curt and Kendall. Esther was born April 4, 1932 enroute to the Coshocton Hospital at “Lyons Curve” onto the floorboard of her father’s 1931 Model A, to the late William & Lula Shaw Maxwell.

Esther, is a direct decedent of original founders and prominent developers of West Lafayette where she lived her entire life with the exception of a couple years. She enjoyed sharing her fond childhood memories of performing plays for her family on the stair’s landing at her grandparent’s beautiful home which is the current Amici’s Pizza. She graduated from West Lafayette H.S. with many academic and extra-curricular accolades in the class of 1950, successfully fulfilling her 6th grade year in her father’s classroom.

Esther married Victor Crouso on Aug. 13, 1951 and started housekeeping in Washington DC for the duration of Vic’s military service at the Pentagon. Vic preceded her in death on July 28, 2007. Esther was very active in civic and school functions as well as at her church, the West Lafayette United Methodist Church. She worked as a telephone operator in Coshocton before becoming a highly devoted wife, mother and homemaker. Esther instilled in her children an incredible love of “country living” on the farm that overlooks her beloved village.

Esther is survived and blessed by all six of her children, eight grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Her children are Kathy (Mike) Hendricks of Coshocton, Irene (Alan) Miller of West Lafayette, Curt Crouso of Roscoe, Kendall (Lena) Crouso of Oklahoma City, Laurel (Greg) Lower of Fresno, and Robin (David) Hire of Coshocton. Her grandchildren are, Kacey (Jason) Lahna, Zac (Breann) Miller, Kayla (Alan) Murphy-Crouso, Chloe (Josh) Howard-Crouso and Addie Crouso, and Madeline, Lauren and Evelyn Hire. Esther’s great-grandchildren are, Kaydence and Hunter Lahna, Rylee and Greyson Miller. Esther also has one brother, Jack (Betty) Maxwell of Lake Wales, Florida and a brother who preceded her in death, Hilliard (Jalamae) Maxwell.

The Given Dawson Funeral Home will be assisting the family with arrangements at the West Lafayette United Methodist Church with Pastor Anderson presiding. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the W. Lafayette UMC or hospice.

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