In Memory of

Esther Lorraine Gaskill

January 24, 1925 - July 21, 2010
Esther Lorraine Swanson the daughter of August and Esther (Larson) Swanson was born January 24, 1925, near Creston, IA. She attended Lincoln #9 School and attended Creston High School. On April 11, 1941, she was united in marriage to Kenneth Gaskill. She became a full-time mother to their seven children. In 1965, she became assistant cook at the Meriden School. In 1970 she moved with her husband Kenneth to Bayard, IA, where she worked at Bayard Care Center and became a CNA. She worked in several nursing homes and retired from Rowley Memorial Home in 1982. Esther was active in Ascension Lutheran Church at Coon Rapids, IA and served as secretary of the church council. She moved back to Cherokee, IA in 1990, and became a member of Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Cherokee. In her free time Esther enjoyed spending time with her family especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. On July 21, 2010, Esther passed away at the Holstein Good Samaritan Center at the age of 85. She was preceded in death by her husband Kenneth Gaskill, in 1996; her parents, August and Esther Swanson; granddaughter, Heather Hantsbarger; grandson, Dale Gaskill; one brother, Walton Swanson; two sons-in-law, Lloyd Arhart and Elvin Schimmer; and one sister, Eleanor Anderson. She is survived by her three sons: Kenneth Gaskill of Ida Grove, IA, Russell (Karen) Gaskill of Alta, IA, and Donald (Joan) Gaskill of Meriden, IA; four daughters, Esther (Ronald) Snyder of Indianola, IA, Marilyn Arhart of Columbia Falls, MT, Janet Schimmer of Galva, IA, and Pastor Melba (Darwin) Smith of Palmer, KS; one brother, Burland Swanson of Traer, IA; sister, Marie Stevens of Loveland, CO; sister-in-law Donna Swanson of Creston, IA; 16 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; several nieces; nephews; other relatives; and many friends.
Memorial services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, July 24, 2010, at Greenwood Funeral Home in Cherokee.
Pastor Melba Smith Pastor Delmar Carlson
Visitation will begin one hour prior to the service on Saturday at Greenwood Funeral Home.
"Day by Day" "Just As I Am" "Amazing Grace" ORGANIST Bev Radke
Oak Hill Cemetery Cherokee, Iowa


Thursday, August 12, 2010 at 12:00 AM
“Jan and family,
So sorry to hear of the loss of your Mother. Hold all of your memories of her deep in your heart and she will never be far away. My thoughts and prayers are with you.”
- Dana (File) Kies
Monday, August 9, 2010 at 12:00 AM
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Friday, August 6, 2010 at 12:00 AM
“Jan and family,
So deeply sorry to hear of your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you. A Mother is a forever treasure, hold her deep in your heart and she will never be far away. ”
- Dana (File) Kies
Wednesday, August 4, 2010 at 12:00 AM
“ESTHER GASKILL,MY GREAT FRIEND!!! AND SHE WOULD TELL YOU "yep thats my buddy!" OH I AM SO SORRY TO YOU ALL ,I DID LOVE HER, yes I have worked in the LCL,actually I guess I tookcare of Esther on the floor too. I am so proud to tell you that Esther,always knew me ,no matter what. We were always gonna runaway and get out of that place and find Kenneth. She always said what she felt too,and Im alot like that. Two peas in a pot, we were. I am so sorry to the family though,wish I could have been there with her,when God met up with her. Until we meet again Esther I LOVE YOU,your friend ,Michele linn ”
- Michele Linn
Monday, July 26, 2010 at 12:00 AM
“So sorry to hear of your family's loss. I remember going to grade school with Melba at Larrabee. ”
- Linda Fessler
Friday, July 23, 2010 at 12:00 AM
“Please accept my sympathies. I work at the Good Samaritan and enjoyed helping Esther very much. She will be missed.”
- Mitzi Towne
Friday, July 23, 2010 at 12:00 AM
“To all of the Lorriane Gaskill family.I wanted to send my condolences to all of you. she was a very nice lady.
I don't drive out of town and with Wilbur dead I won't make it to the funeral.. Melba did you know that WIlbur has passed I never heard from you and don't have your address. I don't even know where the kids are now. would love to get a note to you...
I am having a very hard time yet without my 'Wilbur'. My pastor had me read '90 Minutes in Heaven' then the next book called 'Heaven IS Real' by Don Piper and Cecil Murphey. they are so helpful.. May God be with you all.... Sally Hantsbarger”
- sally J. hantsbarger
Friday, July 23, 2010 at 12:00 AM
“Please except our sincere sympathy at the passing of you Mom. She was a special lady. I always enjoyed visiting with her when she and Ken lived at Ridgeview Village”
- Vicki Menke
Friday, July 23, 2010 at 12:00 AM
“I am sorry to hear about the death of Lorraine”
- Bernard J Christensen
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