Caroline Esser

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.


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

Organist~Lyle Waterhouse

Music Selections

“Amazing Grace”~“Immaculate Mary”~“On Eagle’s Wings”

 Pall Bearers

Eric Esser~C.J. Reid~Jake Reid~Ethan Reid~Zach Esser~Nathan Esser

 Final Resting Place

Logan Cemetery

Logan, Iowa


  • Patty (DOYLE) Niedermyer Posted October 5, 2021 9:34 pm

    So Very Very Sorry 😢
    Sincere Condolences To All The Family.
    Prayers Prayers Prayers To All The Family.
    Patty &. Tom NIEDERMYER.

  • Marge Fonfara Posted October 6, 2021 7:23 am

    Betty, my prayers are with you and your family. It is never easy to lose your mother. 🙏🏻

  • Greg and Kathy Snodgrass Posted October 6, 2021 7:59 am

    Caroline was such a sweet lady! What a blessing for your family to have had so many years of memories together! You are all in our thoughts and prayers.

  • Mary Ramm Posted October 6, 2021 10:22 am

    Betty, Praying for you. God bless you and family.

  • Patty (DOYLE) Niedermyer Posted October 7, 2021 12:26 pm

    So Very Very Sorry 😢
    Sincere Condolences To All The Family
    Patty & Tom NIEDERMYER

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