Esther Pauline Brzoska
June 13, 1947 ~ April 19, 2019
Esther Pauline Brzoska passed away suddenly on Good Friday, April 19, 2019 after a 9 year battle with polymyositis. Her husband of 52 years Robert W Brzoska was by her side holding her hand as she took her last breath. Esther was born on June 13, 1947 in Leimen, West Germany, a daughter to the late Willi and Mina (Laier) Geier. She grew up in Leimen and worked for the US Military as a secretary and translator at the US Army Hospital in Heidelberg. She met the love of her life Bob while he was serving the US Army at the same hospital. After his assignment transfer to the Heidelberg Golf Club, they began dating and within 6 months were married. After the army they returned to the US, settled down in Connecticut and eventually made Norwalk their home on Assisi Way. Esther worked at Perkin Elmer, then as a homemaker and then returned to work as a secretary for the March of Dimes in their Norwalk offices (1985-2010). After retiring from the March of Dimes she continued to work beside her husband in the family business Prestige Tournament Supplies. Her thick German accent greeted golf professionals from all over the US placing orders over the phone. In addition to her husband, Esther is survived by three children and a daughter in-law: Jeffrey Brzoska (Park City, UT), Stephanie Brzoska (Norwalk, CT) and Scott and Nicole Brzoska (Shelton, CT). There are also three grandchildren that called her “Oma”: Zachary, Amber & Taylor Brzoska. Across the Atlantic, Esther leaves behind her sister Jutta (Geier) Orgeldinger, brother-in-law Mathias Orgeldinger, a nephew Christian and niece Paula (Nuremberg, Germany). Esther grew up in a small town surrounded by lots of cousins that were more like sisters, she kept in touch with them monthly. Family was everything to her, and she made many of her close friends in America feel like sisters as well. Her house was always open to visitors and her phone always ready for a call. Even a wrong number dialed led to a 5 minute conversation that ended pleasantly. Aside from spending time with family and friends, Esther loved talking, ball room dancing and her garden.
Calling hours will be from 4pm to 7pm at Collins Funeral Home, 92 East Avenue, Norwalk, on Wednesday, April 24. A Mass celebrating the life of Esther Brzoska will be at 10:00 AM on Thursday, April 25 at St. Thomas The Apostle Church, 203 East Avenue Norwalk, CT. In lieu of flowers, friends may consider a donation in Esther Brzoska’s name to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital or St Vincent de Paul Society care of St. Thomas The Apostle Church.