Successful Fence Replacement Campaign

The fence around the Lester Cemetery has been replaced and paid for by donations from the descendants.  The cost was $4,280.45.  The new fence replaces one that was 52 years old and in bad shape.  The campaign only required a few days more than a month.

Cemetery Sign

Jerry Lester

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Lester Cemetery- From 1825

I’m going to mail a letter to the past donors, today, March 24, 2015.  The maintenance fund will not pay this year’s cost, which is $1,200.  We currently have $262.95. If you do not receive a letter and would like to donate, please mail a check to:

Jerry C. Lester
3153 Gooding Place
The Villages, FL 32162

I will add you to any future mailings.  Thanks,

Jerry Lester

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Charles D. Lester (June 7, 1939 – June 28, 2014)

 We have lost a man such as this world needs more of, not less. But, the choice is not ours.  Charles was just 75, and he had struggled to reach that goal.


Edward L. Collins Funeral Home Inc.

Charles D. LesterCharles D. Lester
(June 7, 1939 – June 28, 2014) 

Charles D. Lester, 75, of Lincoln University, PA passed away on Saturday, June 28, 2014 at his home.He was the husband of Laura E. Carter Lester with whom he shared 47 years of marriage.

Born in West Grove he was the son of the late Lathie W. and Isa E. Lester.

Charles was a lifetime resident of Lincoln University. He was retired from Hoober, Inc., Middletown, DE as an agriculture equipment salesman.

He was a member of the New London Presbyterian Church and Forest Lawn Camp in Union County.

He enjoyed golf, traveling, gardening, mowing his lawn, restoring his 1932 Ford, and especially spending time with his family and grandchildren.

He is survived by his wife; three daughters, Elizabeth E. Sharp and her husband, Thomas M. and Kristina M. Molnar and her husband, David M. all of Lincoln University and Charlene D. Petersen and her husband, Michael L. of Butler, MD; one son, Chad M. Lester and his wife, Jennifer L. of Lincoln University; and six grandchildren, Kai, Zachary, Raleigh, Jacob, Kameron and Olivia.

He was preceded in death by three brothers, Harold Lester, Forrest Lester and Howard Lester; and three sisters, Doris Nichol, Joan St. John and Nancy Lester.

Funeral services will be held at 11 am Wednesday, July 2, at New London Presbyterian Church, 1986 Newark Rd., New London, PA, 19360, where friends may call from 9-11 am.

Interment will be in the adjoining church cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to NLPC/CLC, 125 Saginaw Rd., New London Township, PA 19352.

Arrangements by the Edward L. Collins, Jr. Funeral Home, Inc., Oxford, PA.

On-line condolences may be made at

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Lester Cemetery

Good news: The Lester Cemetery Fund is adequate to pay for care this year.  The bad news: that’s about all.


Jerry Lester At the cemetery, 9-2-2011

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This Is a Blog

I will post news relating to Lester genealogy from time to time.

I’ve been energized by the project to scan Isa Ellen Lester Lester (yep, a second cousin of her husband).  I note that Charles D. Lester, 74, the only surviving child of Isa and Lathie, is undergoing extensive treatment for pancreatic cancer.

You are encouraged to comment where it says, “Leave a comment”

Jerry Lester

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My Website Information

After using, I realized that it was a better and easier way of sharing my website information, which is at  Thus, I will reference this WordPress site on that website to forward people to this site.  The address of this site is

Check it out and see if you don’t think it is easier to navigate.  The site will remain.  Frankly, the information on is static.  I’m not updating the pictures and it is infrequent that I add any genealogical information.

The inspiration for making this change was the addition of Isa Ellen Lester’s memoirs.   I’ve had the hardcopy for some years and was inspired by my cousin, Judy Nichol Dahl, to scan and publish it.  It is a fascinating story!  Isa’s daughter, and Judy’s mother, Doris Lester Nichol encouraged Isa to write them, which she did the year before she died in 1980.

The memoirs provide insight into the workings of a farm family, first in Southwestern Virginia, and later in Southeast Pennsylvania, and the tribulations that accompany such a life style.  It is a good read whether you are related to the family or not.

Jerry Lester

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