Hilda ‘Ester’ Phillips

CRYSTAL FALLS – Hilda “Ester” Phillips, 79, of Crystal Falls, passed away Friday, Dec. 6, 2013, at the Iron County Medical Care Facility, Crystal Falls.

She was born May 4, 1934, in Amasa, daughter of the late John and Hilda (Peltonen) Ketola. She attended Amasa Schools and graduated. She was employed as a baker and in various other aspects of the food service industry for many years prior to her retirement.

Ester married Jack Phillips on May 29, 1954, at the Bethany Lutheran Church of Amasa and the couple were lifelong residents of the area, making their home at Gibson Lake. They celebrated their 54th wedding anniversary in 2008. Jack preceded her in death on Dec. 21, 2008.

Ester was a member of the Bethany Lutheran Church of Amasa. She enjoyed baking and entertaining family and friends at her kitchen table.

She was preceded in death by her son, Kenneth; and her many siblings.

Ester is survived by her son, Michael Phillips of Crystal Falls; daughters, LuAnn Phillips of Crystal Falls and Kathi Phillips of Pembine, Wis.; 11 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; nieces, nephews, and extended family.

Services will be held at a later date, with time and date to be announced.

Condolences may be expressed to the family of Ester Phillips online at

Funeral arrangements by the Jacobs Funeral Home of Iron River.