portrait picture for Esther Pauline Brzoska

Wake:

4:00 to 7:00 pm at Collins Funeral Home on Wednesday, April 24.

Mass:

10:00 AM on Thursday, April 25 at St. Thomas The Apostle Church, 203 East Avenue Norwalk, CT.

Interment:

Private.

Contributions:

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.

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.

  1. Dear Bob, Stephie , Scottie < & Jeffery
    Tom & I are so saddened to read about Ester. We loved coming up to your house to share a Pizza & good conversation to make for an interesting evening. And I always loved to get her emails because she shared all about your family & her sisters. I will miss her.
    We're still in Fl. so we'll not be able to attend the service—–but I know there'll be several of your friends there.
    You have the KOCHAN'S LOVE < PRAYERS & , SYMPATHY

    April 23, 2019
    Tom & Gayle Kochan PGA -
  • With Deepest and Heartfelt Sympathy

    April 23, 2019
    Judy Bussing, Naples FL -
  • Unser tiefstes Mitgefühl zum schmerzlichen Verlust von Esther.
    Wir sind alles tieftraurig.
    Wir sind in Gedanken bei Euch und leiden von tiefstem Herzen mit Euch.
    Brigitte hat für Sie gebetet.
    Auch von Esthers Schuljahrgang 1947/1948 tief empfundenes Beileid.
    Alles sind sehr geschockt.
    Wir werden sie immer in unserem Herzen bewahren.

    April 23, 2019
    Familien Brigitte, Jörg, Jacqueline und Antje Rückemann -
  • I’m very sorry to read about Esther’s passing. We worked together at March of Dimes. Esther was such a beautiful person. Condolences to your family.

    April 24, 2019
    Joan Molans Wood -
  • My deepest sympathies on the loss of Esther. We worked together at March of Dimes and became steadfast friends from ‘95 to her passing away. Esther was full life with a wonderful laugh,very jovial and positive. She was always there to help others and was a caring compassionate friend to all. Her love of God and her family helped her to be the wonderful inspirational woman that she was. I will always keep her memory in my heart.

    April 24, 2019
    Love and prayers Ariana Millo April 23, 2019 -
  • Only as a grown woman I received the great gift of meeting Esther and you as part of my family.
    Esther was a great treasure and enrichment in our lives. Even though it was often difficult to be so far away – especially when we knew how hard she was fighting the disease. Every single email, post card and phone call was so valuable.
    My biggest wish had been to see Esther again and to hug … now I will have to be patient for some more years to do it in another place.
    We are with you with all our thoughts and prayers.
    Love from Claudia and family

    April 24, 2019
    Claudia Wagenbach -
  • “Who you are speaks so loud, I can’t hear what you are saying. ” Character then, is not what you say, but what you do. So thank you Mrs.Brzoska, for your smile, for asking about me, reaching out to me…for your prayers. All things you didn’t need to do for me, but chose to do. May your light continue to shine!!!

    April 24, 2019
    Simon Brooke -
  • I also want to add that beyond the illusion of this world, is the real one. The one we all call home. A place surrounded by laughter, light, the presence of friends and relatives. A place of peace that surpasses understanding. May your smile brighten the halls, gardens, souls and Angel’s in the house of God. The home where love has no opposite.

    April 24, 2019
    Simon Brooke -
  • Bob and family:
    We are so very sorry to hear about your loss. Esther shall always be remembered in our prayers and thoughts.

    April 24, 2019
    Bob & Janet Tolomeo -
  • Dear Bob, Jeffrey, Scott, Steffie and all of Esther’s family, I am so very sad to hear about Esther’s passing. She was truly a wonderful woman, with a huge heart to match her smile. From the first time I met her when I volunteered at March of Dimes, I knew she was a special person. We enjoyed many times at WalkAmerica, Morton’s Local Legend Dinners, and fundraising golf outings. I feel so very blessed to have known her. I’m sure she’s helping arrange heaven’s garden. God bless you all.

    April 24, 2019
    Heidi Mangels -
  • Liebe Familie Brozska,
    zum Tod von Esther möchte ich meine herrliche Anteilnahme bekunden. Wir dürfen aber in der festen des Auferstanden leben: “Ich lebe und auch Ihr sollt leben” Joh 14,19. Sie hat immer die Osterfreude ausgestrahlt.
    Ich habe das hl. Messopfer für sie heute dargebracht.
    In christlicher Hoffnung
    Edmund / P. Mauritius

    April 24, 2019
    P. Mauritius Sauerzapf OSB -
  • Dear Bob and Family:

    We are so sorry about Esther’s passing. We will miss her and remember her always.
    Love

    Jerry, Roswitha (Rosie) and Family

    April 24, 2019
    Gerald and Roswitha Sukkert -
  • Dear Brzoska family,
    Dear Jutta and family,
    My Name is Ingrid. Im a friend of Jutta. When i met Esther the first time, almost 40 years ago. She was visting her family in Germany. She also went to School with Jutta for one day. That´s how i got to know her.
    I met Esther about 4 or 5 times in my life and it always was a very great experience. Because she was such a lovely person. And i felt that she was like an older sister to me. I was very happy, when she visited me and my family in our home, although she had very limited time for visting her own family. It was always my dream to visit Esther and her family in Norwalk. We wanted to celebrate our birthsdays together. Because my birthday is just one day after hers. Me and my husband planned to do this in this in june.

    I am very sad, that we can´t do this anymore.
    I wish her from the bottom of my heart, to have a nice easter celebration in heaven.
    I believe that Jesus our christ is with her.
    God bless you all and may give you all you need.

    We will remember her in our prayers and thougts.
    Our sincerest condolences

    April 24, 2019
    Ingrid and family -
  • Dear Bob and Family,
    I was crushed when I received word of Esther’s passing. She and I have been friends since the early 60’s when she worked for Perkin-Elmer on the East coast and I on the West coast. We had daily conversations about work and family throughout the years. I especially remember the time my family and I traveled to the East coast and I finally got to meet Esther face to face after all the years of phone conversations. It was a wonderful meeting, one I will never forget. I know she is in a happier place now and hopefully making jokes with my husband who passed away last year. My sincerest condolences to all of you.

    April 24, 2019
    Patricia Kawado -
  • I’m sorry for you’re families loss.

    April 25, 2019
    John Concannon -
  • Dear Bob,

    I am so sorry for the loss of your dear Esther and extend my condolences to all your children and family. Having known you since elementary school, and not meeting Esther until one of our reunions, I immediately could see why her beauty and sparkly personality had drawn you to her and endeared her to everyone she met. I always enjoyed her enthusiasm for life and love of family that was reflected in her emails and cards. I know how difficult it is to lose a spouse who has brightened your life and been a wonderful companion, so my heart is filled with warmth and hugs for you.

    Love, Janet

    April 25, 2019
    Janet Zakryk Congdon -
  • My mother is a friend of Esther‘s sister Jutta and when I spent time in the US, Ester invited me for a weekend, not knowing who I was. Despite the fact that I was basically a stranger, Esther and Bob welcomed me into their home. This was over 10 years back but I still remember her kindness. I am very sorry to read about Esther‘s passing and I am sending my heartfelt sympathy on the loss of Esther.

    April 25, 2019
    Sabrina from Germany -
  • Dear Brozska family,
    I am a friend of Jutta. I got to know Esther in 1978, when I was allowed to be a guest in Brozka’s house with Jutta after our graduation for 6 weeks. I was so warmly welcomed into this family and, after all these years, I remember with gratitude and joy, it was an unforgettable time. I’ll always remember Esther, her warm and lovely way of approaching people. my sincere condolences.
    Petra Bruno

    April 25, 2019
    Petra Bruno -
  • I would like to offer our deepest condolences to you and your family. Our prayers are with you.

    April 26, 2019
    Laura Brzoska, The Joseph Brzoska family! -
  • Dear Brzoska Family,
    I am saddened to learn of Esther’s passing. God has called a beautiful woman to heaven leaving an empty chair no one can fill. How fortunate we are that in our hearts we keep forever the memories of those we love… and the time we shared together. May memories be a comfort to you now and though all the days ahead.
    You are in our thoughts, hearts and prayers,
    Love,
    Betty, Carlton and Kendra Bavor

    April 26, 2019
    Elizabeth Bavor -
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