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Esther Kurkowski - December 10, 2008


Grant native Esther (Pankonin) Kurkowski, 96, passed away on Dec. 10, 2008 at Brittany House in Long Beach, Calif.
Born Feb. 26, 1912, she was one of eight children born to Otto and Dora Pankonin of Grant, Neb.
She attended high school in Grant as well as helping on the family farm north of Grant in the Farmersville community.
On Jan. 27, 1934 Esther married Jerry Kurkowski of rural Grant. Shortly thereafter, they moved to California, making their lifelong home in Downey, Calif., raising a daughter and two sons.
Esther was an active member of her church and enjoyed her Tuesday sewing circle meetings.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 58 years, Jerry, in 1992; and son Bob in 2006.
She was also preceded in death by sisters Alice Holscher and Gertrude Willcutt, and brothers Arnold, Ben and Victor.
Surviving Esther are daughter Joann Davis; daughter-in-law, Karen Kurkowski; and son James and wife Maureen; a brother, Elmer and wife Gerry Pankonin, of Grant; a sister, Berniece Mosel of California; sister-in-law Hulda Pankonin of Grant; nine grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; and four great-great grandchildren.
A memorial service was held Saturday, Dec. 20, 2008 with interment at Cypress Forest Lawn. Memorials can be made to the Lutheran Bible Translators.