Esther Grogin

Esther Ruth Grogin (Heidebrecht)

Tuesday, April 13th, 1937 - Sunday, July 14th, 2019
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Grogin, Esther Ruth (nee Heidebrecht)
Esther Ruth Grogin was born on April 13, 1937, to John and Lena Heidebrecht in Castor, Alberta. She experienced great challenges growing upon on a farm that did not have electricity or running water. Esther learned about hard work and applied it to her education. Her early education came in a one-room schoolhouse until she attended high school in Red Deer; where she often acted as the school pianist. In 1958, Esther graduated from the Royal Alexandria Hospital School of Nursing. She went on to achieve her certificate in Psychiatric Nursing from the Provincial Mental Hospital School of Nursing in Ponoka, Alberta, in 1959. In 1961, she obtained her Bachelor of Science from the School of Nursing at the University of Alberta, Edmonton and her Master of Continuing Education in 1968 from the University of Saskatchewan. Esther joined the nursing faculty at the University of Saskatchewan in July 1964 and taught until her retirement in 1997. On August 21, 1967, Esther married the love of her life, Robert Grogin. While Esther dedicated so much time and energy to the profession of nursing, she gave her heart and soul to her husband, and to raising their three children. Esther was generous to a fault; never too busy to help out or to take on more work. In raising her children, she was absolutely selfless, and her children will always remember her strength, her integrity, and most of all her unconditional love for her family. In 2007, Esther and Robert moved from Saskatoon to Orangeville, Ontario to be closer to their daughter and her family.
On July 14, 2019, Esther passed away peacefully with her devoted husband and daughter at her side. Esther will be dearly missed by all who knew her, and especially her husband Robert, her children William (Darci) Grogin, Dan (Lesa) Grogin and Rebecca (Adrian) Shelley and her grandchildren Sophia Shelley, Brooke Shelley, Kate Grogin and Samuel Grogin. She is also survived by her brother John Heidebrecht, nieces Danica, Ardella, Laurie, nephews Joshua and David and many cousins.
A Private Family Service will be held at the Dods & McNair Funeral Home, Chapel & Reception Centre, 21 First St., Orangeville. Condolences may be offered to the family at
After two of her granddaughters were diagnosed with type 1 diabetes, Esther became a passionate supporter of finding the cure. In lieu of flowers, Esther requested that donations be made to JDRF Canada.
A tree will be planted in memory of Esther in the Dods & McNair Memorial Forest at the Island Lake Conservation Area, Orangeville. The annual dedication service will be held on Sunday, September 8, 2019 at 2:30 p.m. Condolences may be offered to the family at
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  • Private Family Service

    Thursday, July 18th, 2019 |
    Thursday, July 18th, 2019
    Dods & McNair Funeral Home, Chapel & Reception Centre
    21 First Street
    Orangeville, On L9W 2C8
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Gordon Wyant

Posted at 05:19pm
On behalf of my family, I would like to express our deepest condolences on the loss of Esther. David and I have fond memories of the time we spent as neighbours although Peter, Raymond, and Vaughn perhaps didn't know your family well they do know that Esther and our mother Anne we good friends. Our mother often spoke quite fondly of Esther. Your family will be in our thoughts and prayers.
Gordon Wyant Q.C.

Angela Kalinowski

Posted at 05:53pm
I am very sorry to hear of Esther's passing and send Bob and family my deepest condolences.
I was a colleague of Bob's at University of Saskatchewan and I did not know Esther well - the few times i met her she was charming and funny . Bob, I am very sorry that you have lost the love of your life-

Gary Alan Hanson

Posted at 02:18pm
I long remember Esther Grogin and her friendly smile, and lengthy work as a Professor in the College of Nursing at the University of Saskatchewan, and as a mother of 3 children with a close relationship with her husband, Bob Grogin. He taught 20th Century European history also at the University of Saskatchewan.

Caroline Cottrell

Posted at 12:35pm
I was so sorry to learn of Esther's passing. I remember her and all of you so well. I hope you are all coping and please know you are very much in my thoughts.
My deepest condolences.
Caroline Cottrell


Posted at 02:56pm
Dear Bob, Bill, Dan, and Becky (Rebecca) -- I have fond memories of Esther -- especially as a new (and young) faculty member. She was an excellent mentor, a woman of integrity, and a respected colleague. I am sure your family has lots of good memories -- I hope these will hold you through your grief. I am so sorry for your loss. You are in my thoughts.
Cindy Peternelj-Taylor
PS -- a book of stories by Richard Scarry that Esther gave me when one of my children was born is now a favorite of my young granddaughters. She was always very thoughtful.

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