Friday, July 3, 2020

Estelline M. Fischer, 89, Blooming Prairie

Estelline “Esther” Mary Fischer of rural Blooming Prairie died June 14, 2020 at Homestead Hospice House in Owatonna.

A public visitation took place on Friday, June 19, 2020 at the Brick – Meger Funeral Home in Owatonna. Due to COVID-19 regulation, it is requested the public wear face masks. A private funeral took place at Holy Trinity Catholic Church at Litomysl. 

Esther was born in a farmhouse near Montgomery on March 9, 1931 to parents Albert and Anna (Spalik) Koss, joining an older brother, William (Willie). Esther’s parents emigrated from Skalica, Slovakia in the 1920s and predominantly spoke Slovak in the household. The family moved to a farm near Dodge Center when she was very small and she attended country school at the age of 4, not knowing how to speak English, only Slovak. A younger brother, Donald (Don), joined the family in 1940.

Esther attended Dodge Center High School, where she learned to play the clarinet. She graduated in 1948 at the age of 17 and went on to attend the Mankato Business School. She earned a secretarial certificate and worked in Dodge Center as a secretary and office assistant. 

On June 11, 1955, she married Victor Fischer and they made their home on the family farm west of Bixby, near Litomysl. She and Victor welcomed three sons, Thomas, Dan and Chris, and they farmed together side by side until retirement. 

Esther enjoyed milking cows, making hay and gardening. She grew a victory garden with enough fresh food to feed the family in the summer months and to freeze and can vegetables, jams, fruits, pickles and soups for the fall and winter months. She baked many loaves of bread each week and learned to bake amazing pies from her mother-in-law, Agnes Fischer. She also grew beautiful violets that graced the window near the dining room table. She inherited her love of growing violets from her mother.

Esther’s favorite hobby above all else was fishing. She could outlast anyone on the boat until the sun went down. She somehow seemed to make the sun stay up a little longer when she was on the boat.   She enjoyed fishing on the ice, in a boat, on a dock or a pier, on the river or in the deep sea. 

Esther truly loved to travel from the time she was a little girl, taking cross-country road trips with her parents until she could bring her own family on car ride adventures to see friends and family. She traveled to Slovakia on three occasions. She traveled frequently to see her son Dan and his family in North Dakota and Chris and his family in South Carolina. 

Esther was also very creative, writing to family and friends with impeccable handwriting. She knew writing frequently made the distance between you and others seem much smaller. She loved photography and embraced technology as it changed the way we take pictures. She enjoyed sending text messages and sending and receiving pictures of friends and family. Through the years, grandchildren and then great grandchildren brought her great joy as she watched them play, grow, and mature.

Esther was an active member of Holy Trinity Catholic Church for 65 years and until recently enjoyed helping bake biscuits and work at the annual Litomysl Summer Festival.  

Esther was preceded in death by her parents, Albert and Anna; infant son, Thomas; and brother, Willie.

She is survived by husband Victor, brother Don (Cindy) Koss, sister-in-law Judy Koss, her sons Dan (Peggy) , Chris (Madeleine); grandchildren Ashton (Mat) Hedger, Brynn Fischer (Landin Johnson), Luke Fischer and Caroline Fischer; and great-grandchildren Ramsey and Grady Hedger. For more information or to leave a condolence message go to


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