James ‘Jim’ R. Esser

James ‘Jim’ R. Esser

MANKATO — James “Jim” R. Esser, age 83, of Mankato, formerly of St. James, passed away Wednesday, Jan. 3, 2018, at Mayo Clinic Health System in Mankato, after a brief illness. A memorial Mass of Christian Burial will be 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 13, 2018, at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, 632 S. Broad St. in Mankato.

Visitation will be 9-11 a.m. Saturday at the church. Burial will be held at a later date in St. Michael’s Catholic Cemetery, Whittemore, Iowa.

The family prefers memorials be given to St. John’s Building Fund.

Northview ~ North Mankato Mortuary is assisting the family.

Jim is survived by his wife, Audrey (Goodrich) Esser; children, Diane (Brad) Feltz, James “Jay” Esser, and Deborah (Chad) Blomgren; six grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Raymond and Helen Esser; wife, Ruth (Elbert) Esser; granddaughter, Chelsea Blomgren; and daughter-in-law, Michelle (Giatris) Esser.