Esther Jean Paske died Wednesday, Jan. 21, at Bartlett Regional Hospital after a short illness. She was 91.
Born July 14, 1917, in Iona, Idaho, to Ralph and Leone Ladd, she came from a family of 12 brothers and sisters. She was raised and attended school in Idaho. She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Paske, who was killed in action during the Korean War.
Esther held a number of jobs during her lifetime, including working as a welder building liberty ships in Portland, Ore. during World War II, but she spent the majority of her life working as a pharmacy assistant and bookkeeper for Kurbitz Pharmacy in Yakima, Wash. After a stroke in 2001, Esther lived with and was cared for by her daughter, Dolores. Esther moved in with her daughter in Juneau in March 2006.
Esther loved to spend time with her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchild and nieces and nephews. Her oldest grandchild chose to call her "Nonnie," as he was having trouble pronouncing "Grandma," and from then on she was known to her family and friends as Nonnie. She loved to garden and spent many hours gardening at her home in Yakima. She loved to travel and enjoyed the many trips she made with her children and grandchildren. Esther had a love of life and an uncanny ability to touch the lives of all those that came in contact with her. She will be missed by many, but forever missed by all her family.
Esther is survived by her sisters, Hazel Hall, Vancouver, Wash., and Caroline Mahon and brother Larry Ladd, both of Porltand, Ore.; her daughter Dolores Fagundes and husband, Richard, of Juneau; and her son Douglas Dominguez and his wife, Sharon, of Tacoma, Wash.; grandchildren Anthony Wall and wife, Cynthia, Kathy Olmin and husband, Ryan, of Yakima, Teresa Robbins and husband, Pat, Nicole Wall of Tumwater, Wash., Douglas Dominguez and wife, Julie, of Kent, Wash, David Dominguez and wife, Marivic, of Long Beach, Calif., Dana Dominguez and wife, Seza, of San Franciso; and 17 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.
The family would like to thank the staff at the Bridge Adult Day Center, the staff at Bartlett Regional Hospital and the staff at Valley Medical Center, and especially doctors Don Schneider and Richard Welling.