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Esther Drew

Iowa City

Esther L. Drew, 83, of Iowa City, died Saturday, April 8, 2017, at Colonial Manor of Amana.
Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, April 13, at Coralville United Methodist Church. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at Gay & Ciha Funeral and Cremation Service in Iowa City.
A memorial fund has been established in Esther's memory.
Online condolences may be sent for her family through the funeral home website at www.gayandciha.com.
Esther L. (Bruene) Drew was born April 26, 1933, in Tama County, Iowa, the daughter of Chris F. and Edna V. (Gethmann) Bruene. She graduated from Toledo High School and went on to continue her education in nursing at Evangelical School of Nursing in Marshalltown in 1955. She later attained her BSN from the University of Iowa in 1974. She worked a few years at the VA Medical Center in Des Moines, and later served as staff nurse and staff development coordinator for Visiting Nurses Association in Johnson County from 1974 to 1998.
She was a former member of Gladbrook Methodist Church, member of the Coralville UMC, where she was active on various church committees and also shared her talents as an organist. She also helped regularly with the Crop Walk.
Her family includes her children, Dwight Drew (Deb) of Traer and Valinda Meyer (Dale) of North Liberty; sister, Martha Hurlbut of Cedar Falls; brothers, George and Charles Bruene of Traer and Donald Bruene of Boone; granddaughter, Jacque Gutwein (Bob) of Coralville; grandsons, Jason Drew (Jami) of Gladbrook and Dana Drew of Iowa City; great-grandchildren, Jaci, Lily, Garrett, Bobby and Elise; and Esther's longtime companion, Frank Peters.
Esther was preceded in death by her parents and great-grandson, Tyson Drew.
Gay & Ciha Funeral and Cremation Service is caring for Esther's family and her services.