Esther M. Commings(1920 - 2013)

Commings, Esther M.

Esther M. Commings, age 93, formerly of rural Valders died Friday, May 3, 2013 at the Manitowoc Health & Rehabilitation Center.

Esther was born April 3, 1920, at home in rural Valders daughter of the late Christian and Anna (Luebke) Borgwardt. Esther was educated at Liberty Bell, Town of Liberty and Trinity Lutheran, rural Valders. On June 1, 1940 she married Willard Commings. He preceded her in death October 14, 1989. Esther is a past member of Trinity Lutheran Church, Town of Liberty and Grace Lutheran, Valders. In 1969 until present she was a member of Bethany Evangelical Lutheran Church, Manitowoc and the Ladies Aid.

Survivors include her brother and four sisters-in-law: Harold (Laurain) Borgwardt, Newton; Doris Borgwardt, St. Nazianz; Eunice Wellner, Manitowoc; Gerda Commings, Manitowoc; many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends also survive. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband: Willard; four brothers: John; Walter; Carl and Elroy; one sister: Ida; one sister-in-law: Lucinda Borgwardt; three brothers-in-law: Martin Luebke; Bernard Wellner; Erhardt Commings and one nephew: Chris Borgwardt.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, May 7, 2013 at Bethany Evangelical Lutheran Church, 3209 Meadow Lane, Manitowoc. Rev. Robert Kujawski and Rev. Stephen Melso will be officiating with burial to follow at Evergreen Cemetery. Relatives and friends may call on Tuesday at the church from 9:00 a.m. until the time of services at 11:00 a.m. Memorials may be made to Bethany Evangelical Lutheran Church. The Reinbold & Pfeffer Family Funeral Home of Manitowoc is assisting the family with funeral arrangements. Online condolences may be expressed at

The family wishes to thank the staff of "Changing Seasons" at the Manitowoc Health & Rehabilitation Center for their loving care of Esther since June. Esther will be remembered as a farmwife who worked alongside her husband, Willard, and as an excellent cook who loved trying new dessert recipes. She was a very special aunt to many.

Funeral Home

Reinbold & Pfeffer Family Funeral Home
818 State Street Manitowoc, WI 54220

Published in Manitowoc Herald Times Reporter on May 6, 2013