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June 8, 1926 – Sunday, July 20, 2014

Service Information
St. Michael Catholic Church in St. Michael, MN
Thursday, July 24th, 2014
11:00 A.M.

Visitation Information
Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014
4-8 P.M.


Esther Kessler, 88, of St. Michael passed away on Sunday, July 20th 2014 at her home.
Esther Zachman was born on June 8th 1926, the first child of Otto and Martha Zachman.
On November 11th 1947, Esther married Francis Dale Kessler at the Church of St. Michael. God blessed their marriage with fifteen children, forty-two grandchildren and twenty-six great-grandchildren.
Survived by loving children: Jacqueline Scherber (Ray Edgette), Judith (Dick) Hofmeister, Michele Luhmann, Mark (Gale) Kessler, Peggy (Max) Johnson, Fran (Dave) Brant, Kurt (Cindy) Kessler, Roberta (Dale) Kolles, Lisa (Jim) Dick, Gwen (Mark) Krutzig, Karl (Karen) Kessler, Joseph (Laurie) Kessler, Dawn (Paul) Soukup, Connie Kessler (Paul Kammerer); Esther will especially be missed by her grandchildren: Stephanie (Ross) Dahlheimer, Drew Scherber; Ben Hofmeister (Jennifer Houle), Abe (Janet) Hofmeister, Lincoln (Shaina) Hofmeister; Nicholas Luhmann, Nathan Luhmann; Danielle (Steven) Winkler, Adam (Sara) Kessler, Lauren Kessler, Ryan Kessler; Nicole (Nick) Rice, Max (Candice) Johnson, Michael (Rachel) Johnson, Myles (Sandra) Johnson; Derek Brant (Jen Lommel), Ashley (Eric) Kolles, Kacie (Nick) McEwen, Courtney (Mitch) Zachman; Matt (Jill) Kessler, Alex Kessler (Jessica Schmoll), Todd (Jordan) Kessler; Trenton Kolles, Estee Kolles, Dexter Kolles; Alyssa (Dustin) Pender, Brianna Dick, Natalie Dick (Keith Rognrud), Samantha Dick, Gavin Dick; Tyler Krutzig, Tanner Krutzig, Dain Krutzig, Cole Krutzig; Riley Kessler, Mackenzie Kessler, Samuel Kessler; Taylor Kessler; Hailey Soukup, Trey Soukup, Chase Soukup; Great-grandchildren: Nash and Gabe Dahlheimer; Lake, Noelle, and Maiya Hofmeister; Alivia and Addison Hofmeister; Kingston and Jagger Hofmeister; Isabella and Katarina Rice; Max III Johnson; Ariana and Leo Johnson; Layla Johnson; Kennedy Brant; Declan Kolles; Kadence and Hudson McEwen; Callen Zachman; Madelyn, Garrett, Oliver and Henry Kessler; Tavin Pender. Further survived by brother and sister: Anita Kolles; Elva Weber; Earl Zachman, Marian Meyer, Jeanette Fricke, Alice Kelly, and sister-in-law Eleanor Zachman. Preceded in death by her loving husband, Dale Kessler; daughter, Jennifer Kessler; son-in-law, Neil Luhman; grandson, Justin Kolles; great-grandson, Noah Hofmeister, and brother, Vernette Zachman.

A Mass of Christian Burial for Esther Kessler was held on Thursday, July 24th 2014 at The St. Michael Catholic Church in St. Michael, Minnesota. Celebrant for the Mass was Father Peter Richards. Interment followed at The St. Michael Cemetery.

A visitation was held on Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014 from 4-8 P.M. at The St. Michael Catholic Church. A Prayer service was held at 7:30 P.M. Further visitation was held on Thursday morning, July 24th at the church one hour prior to Mass.

Casket Bearers were Stephanie Dahlheimer, Abraham Hofmeister, Derek Brant, Riley Kessler, Todd Kessler, Dexter Kolles, Gavin Dick and Taylor Kessler.

9 Guestbook Entries

  1. Bev Dehmer

    So sorry to hear of the loss of your mother. She was such a wonderful caring person and so kind to everyone she met. She will be missed.

  2. Pamela and Victor Romero

    Sorry for your loss. May you treasure great memories and the Lord guide you through this difficult time.

  3. John & Sandy Powers

    She was such a nice neighbor lady.
    Rest in peace.

  4. Catherine and Dan Mahoney

    Dan and I send our condolences to the Kessler family. So sorry to hear about the loss of your mother, she was always such a sweet person. Our prayers are with you through this difficult time. Always hard to lose someone you love so much.

  5. Mindy lenneman

    You & your family have my deepest sympathy.

  6. Marcia Ziegler

    So sorry to hear of the loss of Esther. She was a wonderful woman! I so enjoyed seeing and visiting with her at her grandchildren’s activities. She always had a smile! She was so sweet. I know you will cherish your fond memories!! My sympathy to all her family.

  7. Marcia Ziegler

    So sorry to hear of the passing of Esther. She was a sweet lady!! I always enjoyed visiting with her at her grandchildren’s activities. She will be missed. I know you will have fond memories.

  8. Millie Stoick

    Our sympathies to all of you in the loss of a great lady. I bowled with Esther up until she retired from it a few years ago & she was a joy to all of us, always a smile & word of encouragement to everyone. I am sorry we cannot be there for her service but she will be in our thoughts & prayers on Thursday.
    Millie & David Stoick

  9. Chris Weber

    I am so sorry to hear of your family’s loss. I just found out. Esther has always had a special place in my heart. She was one of the sweetest people that I have known. I always enjoyed bowling with her in the Tuesday morning bowling league.

    My deepest condolences.


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