February 23, 2000 - November 12, 2021
Leah Esther Essendrop, age 21 of Hampshire, IL went to be with the Lord on 12 November 2021 from injuries received in a car accident. She was born on 23 February 2000 in Auburn, IN. Leah accepted Jesus Christ as her personal Savior in 2015 at Cedar River Baptist Camp. With her ready smile and servant’s spirit, Leah made a personal connection with every life she touched whether spending time with family and friends, babysitting her many nieces and nephews, personalizing daily coffee orders at the Hampshire Dunkin’ Donuts, or serving in the nursery, children’s, camp, and college ministries at Northwest Bible Baptist Church. Leah loved life; she filled her free time with singing; reading; playing violin, cello, and piano; nurturing numerous house plants; sketching, and inspiring joy and laughter in those around her. She recently graduated with her Bachelor of Science in Education and loved investing in her high school math and science students at Northwest Baptist Academy. She is survived by her grandmothers, Dorothy King, and Patricia Essendrop; parents, Richard and Sherry Essendrop; and nine siblings, Robyn (Josh) Lombardo, Drew Essendrop, Shannon (Phil) Johnson, Valerie Essendrop, Seth (Katherine) Essendrop, Andrea (Kyle) Billquist, Enoch (BreAnna) Essendrop, Audrey Essendrop, and Isaac Essendrop. She was also a proud aunt to her 5 nieces and 4 nephews and was looking forward to meeting two more additions to the family in 2022. Leah was preceded in death by her grandfathers, Clifton King, and Frederick Essendrop; and her brother, Luke Essendrop. Funeral services will be held at Northwest Bible Baptist Church, 9N889 Nesler Rd, Elgin, IL on Thursday, November 18, 2021, at 10:00 a.m. Burial will follow in the Hampshire Center Cemetery. Public visitation is prior to the service from 9:00 to 10:00 am at the church. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Leah’s name should be directed to her father, Richard Essendrop, at 19N155 W Woodview Pkwy, Hampshire, IL 60140. Contributions will be donated towards a memorial headstone and equipment for the math and science students at Northwest Baptist Academy.
Leah Esther Essendrop, age 21 of Hampshire, IL went to be with the Lord on 12 November 2021 from injuries received in a car accident. She was born on 23 February 2000 in Auburn, IN. Leah accepted Jesus Christ as her personal Savior in 2015... View Obituary & Service Information
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