Hester Eleanor (Gerle) Book, wife of Donald G. Book, lived her life in New Martinsville and Wheeling, West Virginia and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, died peacefully in her sleep in Coppell, Texas, Friday, October 9, 2020. She was 94 years old.

She was born in Ambridge, Pennsylvania on August 3, 1926 to Lucy and Jacob Gerle. She was one of eight children. Hester was a devout Catholic and beloved mother. Predeceased by her husband Don, her survivors include her daughter, Deborah Stewart and husband Ted, son, Brian Book and wife Pam, son, Brad Book and wife Karin, 9 grandchildren, 5 greatgrandchildren and sister Gertie Dorward. A visitation will be held on Saturday, October 17, 2020 beginning at 8:15 am at the George Thoma Funeral Home Inc., 10418 Perry Hwy., Wexford, Pa.15090.

A funeral mass will be celebrated at 10:00 a.m. in St. Alexis Church (St. Aidan Parish) 10090 Old Perry Hwy. Wexford, Pa 15090. Burial will follow at South Side Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Catholic Charities or The American Heart Association.