Esther R. Grabanski, 86, of Grand Forks, ND passed away Friday, June 29, 2018 at Valley Eldercare Center in Grand Forks.
Esther Rose Grabanski was born February 2, 1932 in Grafton, ND the daughter of Vincent T. and Isabelle (Zola) Grabanske of Warsaw, ND. Esther was diagnosed at the Mayo Clinic with rheumatoid arthritis at the age of nine years. She attended school at District 47, Pulaski Township, St. Anthony’s School in Warsaw, ND The Anne Carlsen School in Jamestown, ND and graduated from St. Aloysius Academy in Oakwood, ND. She went on to graduate from the North Dakota College of Science in Wahpeton, ND.
While at the Ann Carlsen School, she was a Girl Scout and became a Girl Scout Leader. Later, she was employed at the school as Secretary to the Principal and Development Director. She assumed leadership in the religious education of the handicapped Catholic children enrolled at the school. In 1964, Governor William L. Guy awarded her a Citation for Meritorious Service for the outstanding achievements and that a disability need not bar one from leading a full life.
She was employed as a secretary in Special Education with the North Dakota Department of Public Instruction in Bismarck, ND. After two years, she accepted a position as Supervisor of the Steno Department at Deaconess Hospital in Grand Forks. When St. Michael’s Hospital and Deaconess Hospital merged, she became Supervisor of Medical Transcription in Medical Records. After twelve years, she enrolled at the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks and then the College of St. Scholastica in Duluth, MN where she received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Health Information Administration. She interned at the Veterans Administration Center in St. Petersburg, FL and then accepted a position in Health Information at the Veterans Medical Center in Danville, IL.
During her working years, Esther enjoyed travelling with friends. She travelled to Hawaii, the Caribbean, the New York Worlds’ Fair, Washington, D.C., Steubenville, OH, Pittsburgh, PA, Seattle, WA, California, Texas and throughout the Canadian Provinces. She travelled to Wyoming to give a talk on behalf of her friend, Dr. Anne Carlsen. At one point in her life, she tutored a Polish Priest in the English language. The love her life was singing. She sang in the Women’s Chorus and the Community Chorus in Jamestown, UND Women’s Chorus, St. Paul’s Choir in Danville, the Choirs of St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Holy Family Catholic Church and the Senior Center Silvertones. She enjoyed being a Lector as well at Holy Family Church.
During her retirement, she continued to be active by belonging in Christian Singles, Valley Singles, the Catholic Daughters of the Americas, NARFE, MDA, researching genealogy (compiling a history of the Grabanski Clan dating back to 1496), Ritzy Red Hats of the Red River Valley, the Senior Centers in Grand Forks and East Grand Forks, 2 to 3 bridge clubs, Silvertone Singers, RSVP, AARP, Cherry Arms Condo Association, Holy Family Church and Altar Society and the HF Owls.
She is survived by a sister and brother-in-law, Lydia and Earl Plutowski, Grand Forks, ND; nieces, Ann (David) Michalski, Oslo, MN, Debra (Myron) Narlock, Grand Forks, ND; many other nieces; nephews; grandnieces; grandnephews and 11 great-grandnieces and great-grandnephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; Vincent and Isabelle; a sister, Florence (Elgin) Dickson and a niece.
Memorials may be offered to Holy Family Catholic Church, 1018 18th Avenue South Grand Forks, ND 58201, Anne Carlsen Center, P.O. Box 8000 Jamestown, ND 58402, Grand Forks Senior Center, 620 4th Avenue South Grand Forks, ND 58201, East Grand Forks Senior Center, 600 Demers Avenue East Grand Forks, MN 56721.
Memorial Mass: 11:00 a.m. Friday, July 6, 2018 in Holy Family Catholic Church, Grand Forks, ND.
Family Greeting: 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. with a 9:45 a.m. rosary service in Holy Family Catholic Church on Friday.
Interment: St. Joseph’s Catholic Cemetery, Oslo, MN.