Elsie Lucille Kostka, age 75, of Rupert, passed away on Saturday, April 4, 2009, at the Countryside Care & Rehab in Rupert.
Elsie was born on Aug. 10, 1933, in Drayton, N.D., the daughter of Floyd Robert and Beda Sophia (Stark) Green. She received her education in North Dakota, graduating from St. Thomas High School. She then continued and completed a secretarial degree from the Grand Forks Business College. She married Lyle Skogland and together, they had three children. This marriage ended in divorce.
On April 21, 1965, Elsie married the love of her life, Robert J. Kostka, in Las Vegas, Nev. They and their three children spent many years traveling prior to settling in Rupert in 1972. Elsie worked at the Minidoka County Home Extension Office for many years and retired from the Burley Inn's Budget Motel. She also was a member of the Cattlewomen's Association.
Elsie was a fabulous homemaker. She enjoyed cooking, gardening, fishing in the Idaho waters and traveling throughout the world with her husband and family. Her family was the most important and certainly the most enjoyable part of her life, especially the grandchildren.
She is survived by her children, Kelly Raye Granillo and Ken (Nanette) Kostka, both of Heyburn, and Karen (Mark) Francis of Hailey; five grandchildren, Johnathan (Nicole) Casey, Kyle Casey, Kaylee Kostka, Dylan Casey and Wyatt Casey; a self-adopted daughter, Suzie Poe of Hailey; two stepsons, Kurt (Vicki) Kostka and Kent (Debbie) Kostka, both living in California; one brother, Duane Green of St. Thomas, N.D.; one sister, Dorothy (Robert) Cameron of Hallock, Minn.; and her dear friend Dorothy Block of Heyburn.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Bob, who passed away in 1987; one stepdaughter, Beverly Elk; and a son-in-law, Tom Granillo.
A funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 11, at the Rasmussen Funeral Home, 1350 E. 16th St. in Burley, where friends and family may call one hour prior to the service.
The family expresses their sincere appreciation to the medical staff and assistants at Countryside Care & Rehab for the tender and loving care given to Elsie.
The family suggests memorials be directed in Elsie's memory to the Countryside Care & Rehab or to a charity of choice.