Esther Irene Moschkau, 98, of Almena, died October 14, 2021 at Pioneer Nursing Home in Prairie Farm, WI. She was born May 14, 1923 in Cavour, SD to William and Emillie (Koser) Zell.
Esther was married in Julesburg, CO on October 5, 1943 to Gottlieb J. Koenig who preceded her in death on September 28, 1989. On September 13, 1998 she married Arthur Moschkau who preceded her in death on August 6, 2011.
Esther was known as a great cook and baker with her rolls and donuts being especially popular. She often came home from church to find a yard full of cars for Sunday dinner. She loved to travel and took three trips to Germany. She was active in the American Legion auxiliary where she served as President for many years and the Almena VFW auxiliary. She had a strong faith in God and made sure she passed it on to all her children. She was very active in church teaching Sunday School, and involved in the Ladies Aid, choir, and altar guild. She enjoyed bowling in Turtle Lake, Cumberland and Clayton leagues, and loved to play the piano.
She is survived by sons Larry (Penny) Koenig of St. Croix Falls, Dale (Mary) Koenig of Turtle Lake, and Stanley ‘Butch’ (Nancy) Koenig of Rice Lake; daughters Diane (Ivan) Clarke of Chaska, MN, Beverly (John) Tempel and Betty (Gary) Dueholm, both of Turtle Lake, and June (Paul) Hines of Clayton; daughter-in-law, Sue Ann Koenig of Turtle Lake; two stepchildren; 26 grandchildren; 49 great grandchildren; one great-great granddaughter; brothers Harland Zell of St. Louis, MO, and Verald Zell of Pollock, LA; many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
Esther was preceded in death by husbands Gottlieb Koenig and Art Moschkau; daughter Eldora Williamson; son Jerry Koenig; granddaughter: Christine Koenig; brothers Walter, Ben, Ferd, George, Marvin, Clifford and William Zell; sisters Mary Zell and Lenora Peskey; step-brothers Frank and Erwin Zell; step-sister Minnie Nordstrom; two stepchildren; and several brothers and sisters-in law.
Funeral services will be held at 11 am Monday, October 18, 2021 at St. Matthew Church, Almena with Pastor Preston Paul officiating. Visitation will be Sunday, Oct 17 from 4-7 pm at Skinner Funeral Home in Turtle Lake and one hour prior to the service. Burial will be in St. Matthew Cemetery, Almena.
Skinner Funeral Home of Turtle Lake is serving the family.