Estelle Hess Null

October 2, 2020 Oxford, PA Loved Her Family, Her Friends and a Good Book


A remembrance and celebration of the life of Estelle Null will be held on Saturday, October 30, 2021, at Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church in Taneytown, Maryland. The event will be held in the Fellowship Hall, beginning at 11:30 AM and followed by a luncheon.

A graveside internment service will be held at 11:00 AM for immediate family members.

We hope you can join us and share your remembrances of Estelle. For those unable to attend in person, there will be a virtual option to attend via Zoom.

Please contact Michael Null if you plan to attend in-person or via Zoom.

Contact Information:
Michael Null
(302) 353-6126

Event Location:
Trinity Lutheran Evangelical Church
38 West Baltimore Street
Taneytown, MD 21787


Estelle Hess Null, age 88, of Oxford, PA died on October 2, 2020, after a brief illness.

Estelle was born in Taneytown, MD in 1932 to parents Wilbert Naill Hess and Marie Hilterbrick Hess, the youngest of four daughters. After graduating from Taneytown High School in 1949, Estelle left the family farm to undergo training as a registered nurse at Union Memorial Hospital in Baltimore, MD. She was a proud member of the class of 1952.

In 1953, Estelle wed her home-town beau, George Daniel Null, at Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church in Taneytown, MD. Following their wedding they moved to Newark, DE where George completed his PhD at the University of Delaware and Estelle joined the University’s Student Health Service as a registered nurse. Estelle loved her job at the Health Service, where she established life-long friendships and worked for several years before starting her family.

Inspired by their rural upbringing, Estelle and George purchased a small farm in Landenberg, PA in 1963 where they resided for the next 42 years and raised their four children. When her offspring were in high school, Estelle went back to work as an RN at the University Health Service until she retired in 1997. Estelle was beloved by her colleagues who appreciated her combination of professionalism tempered by self-deprecating humor and wit. Her retirement celebration was a memorable event for her family and colleagues.

Estelle was a longstanding member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Newark, DE. The clergy and congregation of St. Paul’s were a welcome source of friendship and spiritual support.

Estelle and George suffered the tragic death of their daughter, Kathleen, in 1980. Aided in their mourning and sorrow by the international bereavement support group, The Compassionate Friends, they were inspired to start their own local Southern Chester County chapter in 1992. Their dedication to this cause led to lasting friendships and to travel across the United States as they attended many annual national conventions of the Compassionate Friends organization.

In 2007, Estelle and George left their farm and moved to Ware Presbyterian Village in Oxford, PA. Their villa served as a gathering place for many memorable family celebrations attended by their extended family which includes four grandchildren—Justin, Nicole, Andrew, and Gemma—as well as 6 great-grandchildren. Estelle was fortunate to meet many wonderful friends at Ware, and she developed a fondness for the town of Oxford. As Estelle was an avid reader, she especially appreciated the Oxford Public Library.

Estelle is predeceased by her husband, George, following 62 years of marriage; her daughter Kathleen; her parents; and her sisters Maxine Dixon and Ruth Head. She is survived by her sons Michael and wife Tammy of Greenwood, DE, Daniel and wife Karen of Berkeley, CA, and Samuel and wife Mary Ann of Oxford, PA; her sister Louise Grier of Forest Hill, MD; and many loving grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, and nephews.

A private funeral ceremony will be held for her immediate family. A celebration of her life and interment of her ashes will be held, at an appropriate time, at the cemetery adjoining Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church in Taneytown, MD where Estelle will join George and Kathleen. Please contact a family member if you wish to be notified of this event. Service details will be updated when available at

In Estelle’s memory, donations may be made to: The Compassionate Friends Southern Chester County Chapter #1853, P.O. Box 335, Oxford, PA 19363 or to St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, 701 S. College Avenue, Newark, DE 19713.

Arrangements by Foulk Funeral Home of West Grove, PA.

Memorial Donations

The Compassionate Friends Southern Chester County Chapter #1853

P.O. Box 335, Oxford, PA 19363

St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church

701 S. College Avenue, Newark, DE 19713


Interment for Immediate Family

October 30, 2021 11:00AM Cemetery Adjoining Evangelical Lutheran Church

Celebration of Life and Luncheon

October 30, 2021 11:30AM Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church
38 W Baltimore Street
Taneytown, MD 21787

*Event to take place in the Fellowship Hall*


  1. Dear Dan, Michael, Sam, and families,
    I worked with your mom at the University of Delaware, Student Health Services for 9 years (1989-1998). In fact, she interviewed me and took a chance and hired me! She was so much more than a colleague to me. She was my “work mom”. Your mom was such fun. She was warm, loving, and caring. I left the University in 1998 when I moved to Massachusetts, but we stayed in touch. And while I hadn’t seen her in a number of years, cards and notes were exchanged, and there was something comforting about knowing she was there. Your mom touched many lives. Know that I will always hold a special place in my heart for her and for all of you for sharing her with me.
    Anne (LaMotte) Meyer

    Anne Meyer | November 1, 2020 at 8:17 PM
  2. My thoughts and prayers go out to Estelle’s family. I met Estelle and her husband George at a meeting of the Compassionate Friends in West Grove 23 years ago. They were such a kind and loving couple who always made the time to talk with me after the meetings. It was obvious to all that they were a strong team together, and looked after each other. Estelle and George had that special ability to make you feel welcome and safe especially during your most difficult times. They knew because they, too, had gone through what we were going through. They will be missed by all whose lives they touched. Thank you for sharing them with all of us. God’s Peace, Karen Pattinson, Oxford

    karen a pattinson | November 1, 2020 at 10:22 AM
  3. I am very sorry to hear of Estelle’s passing. I had the pleasure of working with her at UD and knew her as a caring and compassionate nurse, someone who was dependable and would always go the extra mile without hesitation and with a warm smile. She was special!

    Joe Battaglia | October 22, 2020 at 6:34 AM
  4. I was so happy to work with Estelle at Student Health from 1991 on– She was instrumental in hiring me and yes, I am still there—she knew that when I said in the interview that “I may not be what you think you want but am what you need” that I would not let her down;) She was awesome to say the least, both professionally and personally. I still have that face mask where we were all “Estelles”- so much fun. My sympathy to all. With many fond memories, Betty VanDerbeek Marcocci, RNC

    betty marcocci | October 21, 2020 at 2:47 PM
  5. I am so sorry to hear about Estelle’s death. We had know Estelle and George for years, living in Landenberg, going to St. Paul’s and Estelle and I working at SHS. I am sorry for your lose.

    Ed and Becky Bullock | October 19, 2020 at 10:55 AM
  6. Dan & Null Family.
    So sorry hearing of your mothers passing. A wonderful lady. I would see your mom occasionally down in the old Super Fresh off of 896 in Newark. She always ask how I was doing and would let me know how the boys were doing as she would say.
    Be at peace knowing your Mom is reunited with your Dad and sister Kathy in heaven today.
    My deepest sympathies go out to you and the Null family. Michael Conner

    Michael Conner | October 16, 2020 at 5:54 PM

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