Michael S. Lester

Jul 9 1947
Jan 5 2020
72 Years

Michael Lester, 72, of Parkesburg, PA, passed away on Sunday, January 5, 2020 at the Penn Medicine Hospice Center in West Chester, PA. He was the beloved husband of Edwina Tavani Lester with whom he shared 30 years of marriage.


Michael was born in London, England, the son of the late Harry Lester and Ada Lifcofsky Lester. He grew up and spent most of his life in the UK where he practised as a Chartered Accountant and ran many businesses. While here in Parkesburg for the last 15 years, he was owner and operator of Elms Business and Tax Service of Parkesburg, PA. 


To those who loved Michael most, he will be remembered as a man replete with contradiction. Beneath his warm, funny, generous and loving teddy bear exterior lay one of the most wonderfully opinionated, cantankerous and relentlessly uncompromising personalities anyone will have the joy to encounter.   Such contradiction is only really understood when you realize that Michael, at his core, had an unquenchable passion for his wife, his family, his friends, and for integrity and fairness.   These passions made him fiercely over-protective to the point of illogicality; but we loved him for it.  And for his friends and clients, it meant he could achieve another contradiction: he could make doing taxes fun! He will be deeply missed by them all.


Michael is survived, in addition to his wife, by four children; Adam Lester and wife Patsy, Mark Lester and wife Jacqueline, Karen Ciaranca, Deane Dougherty, and seven wonderful grandchildren: Brian, Sarah, Annina, Lucas, Cecily, Anya and Alexander, and one great grandson Nicholas.


A Celebration of Life Service will be held on Wednesday evening January 8, 2020 at 7:00 PM at the Wilde Funeral Home, 434 Main St. Parkesburg, PA. Family and friends are also invited to attend the visitation from 6:00 - 7:00 PM at the funeral home. 


In lieu of flowers, the family asks that contributions in memory of Michael are made to the Clyde F Barker Penn Transplant House, as thanks to an organisation that gave us many more years with this most beautiful man.


Please make checks payable to The Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania, including “Transplant House” on the memo line or an enclosed note, and send to Penn Medicine Development c/o Abby Addy, 3535 Market St. Suite 750, Philadelphia, PA, 19104. Donations can also be made by calling 215-573-9799 or via the link below.      



Service Date: 
Jan 8 2020 - 7:00pm
Service Location: 
Wilde Funeral Home- 434 Main St. Parkesburg, PA 19365


Dear Edwina and family
Your memories will give you great joy and your love will last forever.
Our love is with you,
Al & Joan

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Edwina- My heart goes out to you and your family. May the love and support of family and friends help guide you through this difficult time.

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I am so sorry to hear about Mike.  I will miss his yearly letters letting us know how you and he were doing and important events of the past year.  He was our accountant for many years.

You are in our prayers.

Sincerely, Lisa DiValentino and family

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Our encounters always ended with smiles (even if it was difficult for Mike ).  R.I.P Michael 

You will be fondly remembered !



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Dear Edwina, I am so sorry to hear about Mike.  Please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers.  Miss you!  Love, Leslie. 

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I'm so sorry yo hear of Mike's passing. Your dedication and love for him was always visible when you spoke of him. May he test in peace. Fondly, Andy Levenite

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Dearest Edwina,

I am so sorry to hear of Mike’s passing.  I know how very cherished he was by you and your family.  Though I know you are suffering so much right now, I can only hope and pray that you will get some comfort in knowing that Mike’s suffering has finally come to an end.  You and your family are in my prayers. 




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Edwina and family, I am so sorry to hear of Mike's passing.  He was a wonderful man...the only person who could make me laugh about my taxes.  I loved visiting the both of you.  You both made visitors feel so welcomed and so at home.  Mike and Edwina were quite a team.  Please know that my thoughts, prayers, deepest sympathies and love are with you.  Mary Collins


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Dear Edwina, I miss seeing you and Mike at the old branch.  It was always a pleasure to speak with you both.  My deepest sympathy to you and your family.  May Mike be at peace now.


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Thank you Maureen for your kind words


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