Esther Beatrice Reckward

Friday, October 30, 2015 1:40 pm

Esther Beatrice Reckward, 89, of Castalia, died Sunday, Oct. 25, 2015, at Ossian Senior Hospice, Ossian. Visitation was Wednesday, Oct. 28, from 4 to 7 p.m., at Schmitz-Grau Funeral Home and Cremation Service, Ossian, and also one hour before services at the church Thursday. Memorial services are at 11 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 29, at the Ossian Lutheran Church, Ossian, with Rev. Dave Lenth as the officiant. Inurnment follows at Pleasant View Cemetery, Castalia. Schmitz-Grau Funeral Home and Cremation Service, Ossian, is helping the family with the arrangements. Condolences may be left with

She was born Dec. 6, 1925, to Olavis and Sandora (Shervin) Holm in Elkader. Esther graduated from high school in Decorah in 1943. She obtained her teaching certificate and taught country school at Bodensteiner and Stendel country schools. Esther was united in marriage with Virgil Reckward Aug. 28, 1943, in Elkader. Five children were born to this union. She was a member, treasurer and secretary of the Castalia United Methodist Church. Esther also was a homemaker, farm wife, chef and an amazing seamstress. Esther loved to bake and cook. She enjoyed having company, playing cards and dice, singing, dancing and she love her hummingbirds.

Esther is survived by her children: Pat (Jerry) Monroe of Castalia, Jerry (Julie) Reckward of Castalia, Sue (Dale) Lenth of Castalia and Gin (Roger) Sanford of Decorah; a daughter-in-law, Judy Reckward of Decorah; 12 grandchildren: Chad Reckward, Brad (Jennifer) Reckward, Dennis (Mandy) Reckward, Darin Reckward, Julie (Matt) Metille, Summer (Chris) Wiedow; Richard (Lisa) Reckward, Jeannie (Steve) Daughton, April (Ty) Hamilton, Joe (Augusta) Lenth, Nichole (Nate) Jevne and Danielle Aldredge; 21 great-grandchildren: Hayden, Macy, Ani, Olivia, Britann, Blake, Makinzie, Parker, Luke, Dalton, Kolton, Jessica, Samee, Jordan, Kourtney, Hope (Jason), Dakota, Stella, Lila, Brooke and Gabriella; four great-great-grandchildren: Colton, Hunter, Landin and Derek; and two sisters, Helen Christianson of St. Peter, Minn. and Frances (Tom) Lindsay of Lansing.

Esther was preceded in death by her husband, Virgil, in 2014; her son, Jim Reckward; a granddaughter, Amy Monroe; her parents; two brothers, Merlyn and Ralph Holm; and two sisters, Violet McMullen and Olettia Melka.

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