Esp, Sara Jane Welch

Sara Jane Welch Esp 60, of Galesburg, died at 12:15 a.m. Tuesday, June 10, 2014 at home.
She was born June 6, 1954 in Galesburg, the daughter of Edward and Sarabeth (Richardson) Welch. She married Robert Esp in 1982 in Galesburg.

She is survived by her children, Jessica (and Mitchell) Wiley, Mary Esp, and David Esp, all of Galesburg; four grandchildren, Andrew, Mitchell, Isaiah, and Jasper; three brothers, Stephen (and Rosemary) Welch of Lake Bracken, Patrick (and Marilyn) Welch of Lewistown, Ill., and Richard (and Barb) Welch of Decatur, Ill.; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents and a brother, John Welch.

Sara worked at the Knox County Circuit Clerk’s Office as Deputy Circuit Clerk for over 25 years, retiring in February 2014 due to health concerns. She was of the Catholic faith.

She graduated from Galesburg High School in 1972 and Iowa Wesleyan University in 1976. Sara was a member of the Elks Club and Lions Club.

Funeral service will be 10 a.m. Friday, June 13, 2014 at Hinchliff-Pearson-West Galesburg Chapel. Rev. Deus Dedit-Byabato will officiate. Visitation will be 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday at the chapel. An Elks service will be at 7 p.m. Thursday at the chapel followed by the Rosary being prayed at 7:15 p.m. Cremation will be accorded following the funeral. Memorials may be made to American Cancer Society. Online condolences may be made at