Esther Emiley “DeeDee”Nigh, 81, of Plymouth, WI, passed away early Sunday morning (March 29, 2015) at Sharon S. Richardson Hospice in Sheboygan Falls after suffering a stroke two days earlier.

She was born on April 1, 1933 in Campbellsport, WI, the tenth of twelve children born to the late Peter and Lauretta (Dieringer) Straub. She graduated from Campbellsport High School in 1952.

On September 25, 1954 she married Leo A. Nigh at St. Matthew Catholic Church in Campbellsport, WI. Esther worked in the office of Amity Leather in West Bend for several years before moving to Plymouth in 1958. She was the bookkeeper for Blanke & Nigh Roofing and Siding until her retirement. She was a member of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Plymouth, the Christian Mother’s Society, sang in the choir for many years and was a founder of the first ever St. John the Baptist Cookbook. Esther golfed in Arndt’s golf league for many years, including being a league champion.

Her family was her priority, and she made sure no one was ever hungry. She enjoyed cooking, baking, collecting cookbooks and recipes, sewing and spending time up north. She was a loyal fan of the Green Bay Packers, Wisconsin Badgers, and especially the Milwaukee Brewers.

Esther is survived by her loving husband of 60 years: Leo of Plymouth; Four children: Debra (Thomas) Greivell of Green Bay, James Nigh (Ally) of Plymouth, Barbara (Mark) Sharon of Plymouth and Bonnie (Kevin) Gemas of Thiensville, WI; Eleven grandchildren: Ted (Amanda) Greivell, Meggie Greivell, Adam (Angela) Nigh, Kristin Nigh, T.J. Schmidt, Jeremy (Andrea) Schmidt, Kyle (Megan) Gemas, Brett Gemas, Brian Gemas, Alex Sharon and Phillip (Erica) Sharon; Six Great-grandchildren: Owen, Leo, Eli, Gemma, Jax and Ruby; One sister: Bernadine (Paul) Bodden of Kewaskum; Ten sisters and brothersin law: Marion (Jerry) Darmody of Allenton, WI, Agnes Bird of West Bend, Laura Nigh of West Bend, Vincent (Elvira) Nigh of Kewaskum, Jerry (Beverly) Nigh of Campbellsport, David (Barbara) Nigh of Florida, Barbara (Dale) Timmler of West Bend, Anna Nigh of Kewaskum, Valeria Straub of Campbellsport and Barney (Joan) Strobel of Kewaskum. She is also survived by nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends.

She was preceded in death by one beloved granddaughter: Jennifer Lynn Schmidt, five sisters: Irene (Alvin) Wietor, Sally (Donald) Funk, Alice Strobel, Bernice (William) Volland, Rose (Carold) Hatland; Five brothers: Alvin Straub, Norman (Lois) Straub, Bernard Straub, Killian Straub and an infant brother. Sister and brothers-in-law: Lawrence Nigh, Alban (Dorothy) Nigh, Margaret (Willard) Blanke, Virgil Bird, and Gregor Nigh.

The family will greet relatives and friends at the Suchon Funeral Home in Plymouth on Thursday (April 2) from 3:30-6:30 P.M. followed by a memorial gathering. Burial will be in the Plymouth Woodlawn Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund is being established in Esther’s name. The Suchon Funeral Home and Cremation Services of Plymouth is serving the family. For online condolences, please visit

To the best Wife, Mom, and Gramma DeeDee, We love you forever. You were right Mom, you did make it HOME by Easter.

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