Elaine Mesko -- Ames, Iowa

October 4, 2018

Former Rochester resident, Elaine Patricia Mesko, died peacefully in her sleep on Sept. 26, 2018, at the Israel Family Hospice House in Ames, Iowa.

Elaine was born on Saint Patrick’s Day, 1927, in Mankato, to Alfred and Lucile Schostag. Several hours after her birth, she was joined by her identical twin sister and lifelong companion, Eileen.

Four years later, they welcomed their new baby brother, Glenn, who was also born on Saint Patrick’s Day.

With her parents and siblings, Elaine moved from Mankato to Mellen, Wis., in the late 1930s, attended and graduated from Mellen High School in 1945.

Shortly after WWII, she married Peter Mesko and raised a family of seven children in Mellen, Wis.

While in Northern Wisconsin, Elaine worked at a local nursing home, veneer wood mill and did seasonal work making Christmas wreaths.

She was a member of the Holy Rosary Catholic Church, member of the Altar Society and active member of the Legion of Mary. Saint Therese of Lisieux and Saint Jude were her favorite Saints. She created many embroideries which are on display, and used in her kids, grandkids, friends and relatives’ homes. She loved pink roses.

After Elaine and Peter parted ways in 1969, she and the remaining five children at home moved to Ironwood, Mich., to complete her nursing degree at Gogebic Community College. A year later, she and the children moved to Rochester to start her first nursing position at Olmsted Community Hospital. Later in her career, she used her nursing skills at Saint Marys Hospital. After retiring from nursing, she kept busy working as a nanny (although she didn’t consider it “work”) for several families in the Rochester area.

Preceding her in death were her parents, Alfred and Lucy Schostag; former husband, Peter Mesko; twin sister, Eileen Grage; brother, Glenn; and her Heavenly granddaughter, Jenna Beasley, of Magnolia, Texas.

Survivors include her seven children, Marilyn (Ken) Kroenke of Shawano, Wis., Brian (Jody) Mesko of Richfield, Steve Mesko of Santa Fe, N.M., Gary (Penni) Mesko of Yuma, Colo., Becky (Paul) Beasley of Magnolia, Texas, Susan (Bill) Evans of Zumbrota, and Tom Mesko of Jewell, Iowa; 12 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; and numerous relatives.

Until her final years, Mom kept in touch with a large circle of friends and relatives, and enjoyed exchanging greeting cards, phone calls and letters.

Keeping with Mom’s wishes, memorial services were not held.

A special thank you to the healthcare professionals at Cedar Place and Bethany Life in Story City, Iowa, and Israel Family Hospice House in Ames, Iowa, for providing Mom excellent care. A very special thank you goes to our brother, Tom, who lived nearby and oversaw Mom’s care, checked up on her daily and was always available when needed.

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