Caroline Esser age 97, passed away on Sunday, October 3, 2021 in Logan, Iowa.
Caroline was born on April 18, 1924 in Westphalia, IA. She was the 7th of 11 children born to William and Mary (Schiltz) Schwarte. On April 13, 1948, she married Ivo J. Esser in Panama, IA.
She graduated from high school when she was sixteen years old and she wanted to become a teacher, but the war broke out and all her brothers at home enlisted in The Service leaving her to do the farm work with her father. Even though she didn’t become a teacher, she believed the path to a better life was through education and she wanted all of her nine children to earn a college diploma, and they all did.
Caroline was very active in St. Anne’s Church where she headed the Altar and Rosary Society, the Parish Council and taught catechism. She passed her faith on to her family and taught us how to lead a good life by her example.
Caroline loved to read, cook, travel, garden, play games, and follow her children and grandchildren in their extracurricular activities. Her favorite pastime later in life was spending time with her children and grandchildren. Even in her 70’s and 80’s, she would be outside actively playing games with her grandchildren. If you were in her house, she would organize card games, board games, or puzzles with the family. There was always something fun to do at grandma’s house.
Caroline loved to feed people. Many of our childhood memories revolved around homemade bread, cookies, spaghetti sauce, vegetables from her garden, homemade jellies and jams, and pumpkin bars. You never left her house hungry.
Caroline was always happy and it was contagious. People always felt better after being with her. She found joy in life and she passed that joy on to the people who met her.
There will be a visitation for Caroline from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. on Friday, October 8, 2021 at St. Anne’s Catholic Church in Logan, Iowa.
Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, October 9, 2021 at St. Anne’s Catholic Church in Logan, Iowa.
The Diocese recommends wearing of masks for all those over the age of five during all indoor liturgies and other indoor parish events.
In lieu of flowers, a donation may be made to St. Anne’s Catholic Church, Logan, Iowa.
IN LOVING MEMORY OF
Caroline Catherine Esser
April 18, 1924~Westphalia, Iowa
Entered Into Rest
October 3, 2021~Logan, Iowa
Mass of Christian Burial
10:30 a.m. Saturday, October 9, 2021~St. Anne’s Catholic Church~Logan, Iowa
Celebrant~Father Raphael Masabakhwa
“Amazing Grace”~“Immaculate Mary”~“On Eagle’s Wings”
Eric Esser~C.J. Reid~Jake Reid~Ethan Reid~Zach Esser~Nathan Esser
Final Resting Place