Esther Ida Grischkowsky

STEWART — Esther Ida Grischkowsky, age 90 of Stewart died peacefully on Monday, December 10, 2018 at the Cottagewood Senior Communities in Rochester.

A gathering of family and friends will be held from 10-12 pm on Saturday, January 12, 2019 at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Moltke Township. A luncheon will follow at 12 pm in the church social hall. A private family committal service will be held at a later date in the spring in the St. Peter’s Church Cemetery.

The Minnesota Valley Funeral Homes of Gibbon are handling the arrangements.

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Esther is survived by her daughter, Rosalie Rettmann of Elgin; her brother, Melvin (Kayo) Kirchhoff of Kenyon; sisters-in-law, Margie Kirchhoff of Hutchinson, Bernice Kirchhoff of New Ulm; daughter-in-law, Beverly (Jack) Phelps of Tucson, Arizona; granddaughters, Melissa (Brian) Gregory of Chandler, Arizona, Elizabeth (Scott) Maclean of Kimberly, Idaho, Angela (Nico) Grischkowsky of Tucson, Arizona; grandsons, Dan (Maryam) Rettmann of Rochester, Mitchell (Natasha) Rettmann of Elk River; and nine great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Henry “Hank” Grischkowsky; her son, Richard; and her brothers, Edwin and Marvin Kirchhoff.

Esther Ida Kirchhoff was born April 19, 1928 in Grafton Township-Sibley County to Fred and Bertha (Bethke) Kirchhoff. On June 4, 1943, she was married to Henry “Hank” Grischkowsky at the St. Peter’s Lutheran Church Parsonage in Moltke Township. The couple was blessed with a son and a daughter, Richard and Rosalie. Hank and Esther worked on her mother’s farm until they bought their own farm southwest of Stewart in 1948, and moved there in 1949. She was a hardworking farm wife who truly loved her family. After Hank passed away in 1993, she continued to live on and take care of the farm until 2012 when she moved to Rochester to be closer to family. What she enjoyed most about the farm was raising baby chicks to be laying hens and then sell the eggs. She enjoyed quilting, sewing, knitting, cooking, gardening, canning, baking, reading, fishing with Hank, and later her computer. She also dearly loved all of her kitties on the farm. Although Esther lived a long and beautiful life, she will be dearly missed by all who knew and loved her. Blessed be her memory.