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Gilbert J. Esser

September 11, 1926 January 21, 2020
Gilbert J. Esser
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Obituary for Gilbert J. Esser

MIDDLETON – Gilbert J. Esser, age 93, of Middleton, passed away on Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2020. He was born on Sept. 11, 1926, on the family farm in Middleton, the youngest child of Peter and Elizabeth (Bronner) Esser. Gilbert graduated from Middleton High School in 1944, and on May 21, 1947, he married the love of his life, Arlene Vosen.

Gilbert proudly worked as a farmer with his father and brother, Leo, on the family farms known as Esser Bros. Throughout his life, he was active in the local farming community. He always kept up with the crop and cattle cost with the farm report even when he wasn’t physically able but was still actively involved with the farm. He was a lifetime member of St. Bernard Catholic Church. Gilbert loved traveling with his family, attending social card club with other local farmers and being with his dogs. He was known for his witty knowledge and he enjoyed conversation with any and everyone. He touched the lives of everyone who was lucky to know him.

Gilbert is survived by his children, James L. (Sharon) Esser, Carol A. Esser, Kathleen M. (George) Brumm and Thomas C. Esser; daughter-in-law, Kathy Esser; grandchildren, Barbara Esser, Paul (Vicky) Esser, David (Jen) Esser, Cori (Tad) Stepan, Geoff (Tammy) Esser, Tami (Austin) Ripp and Brian (Caitlin) Esser; great-grandchildren, Marissa and Keira Esser, Kade and Trent Stepan, Zachary and Madelyn Esser, and Emma, Axel and Beau Ripp; and many relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his wife of 63 years, Arlene; son, Michael Esser; his parents; brothers and sisters, Regina Anderson, Leo Esser, Martha Esser, Joe Esser and Helen Annen; and daughter-in-law, Doris (Acker) Esser.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at ST. BERNARD CATHOLIC CHURCH, 7450 University Ave., Middleton, at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2020, with Father Brian Wilk presiding. Burial will follow at St. Bernard Catholic Cemetery. Visitation will be held at GUNDERSON WEST FUNERAL AND CREMATION CARE, 7435 University Ave., Middleton, from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 27, 2020, and also at the church from 10 a.m. until the start of the Mass on Tuesday.

The family would like to thank Brookdale Madison West for their compassion and tender care. Memorials in Gilbert’s name may be made to St. Bernard Catholic Church or Agrace HospiceCare. Online condolences may be made at www.gundersonfh.com.

Gunderson West
Funeral & Cremation Care
7435 University Ave.
(608) 831-6761

Previous Events

Visitation

Monday

27

Jan

5:00 PM 1/27/2020 5:00:00 PM - 7:00 PM 1/27/2020 7:00:00 PM
Gunderson West Funeral & Cremation Care

7435 University Ave
Middleton, WI 53562

Gunderson West Funeral & Cremation Care
7435 University Ave Middleton 53562 WI
United States

Visitation

Tuesday

28

Jan

10:00 AM 1/28/2020 10:00:00 AM - 11:00 AM 1/28/2020 11:00:00 AM
St. Bernard Catholic Church (University)

7450 University Avenue
Middleton, WI

St. Bernard Catholic Church (University)
7450 University Avenue Middleton WI
United States

Mass of Christian Burial

Tuesday

28

Jan

11:00 AM 1/28/2020 11:00:00 AM
St. Bernard Catholic Church (University)

7450 University Avenue
Middleton, WI

St. Bernard Catholic Church (University)
7450 University Avenue Middleton WI
United States

Memorial Contribution

St. Bernard Catholic Church (University)

7450 University Avenue
Middleton, WI

Agrace HospiceCare

5395 E. Cheryl Parkway
Fitchburg, WI 53711
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