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Faith E. Esser

Faith E. Esser

January 7, 2020

Faith Ellen (Duxbury) Esser, 64, of Altoona, passed away Tuesday, January 7, 2020 at Prairie Pointe Rehab Suites in Altoona, under the care of Mayo Clinic Hospice Care.

Faith was born March 9, 1955 in Black River Falls, WI to James and Betty (Mitskogen) Duxbury.

She was a 1973 graduate of Whitehall Memorial High School in Whitehall, WI. She then went on to further her education at UW- Stout and graduated with her Bachelor of Arts in 1976 with a Major in Early Childhood Development, and a minor in Art, and then received a double Master’s Degree in Professional Development from UW-Eau Claire and Education from UW-La Crosse.

On September 24, 1977 she married Daniel Esser and they later divorced. She taught primarily 4th grade from 1981 to 2011 at Lincoln Elementary School in Merrillan, WI and retired from there in 2011.

Faith enjoyed gardening and was an accomplished painter. She enjoyed music, especially attending the Tuesday Night Blues concerts in Owen Park with her friend Angie. She shared her talents of gardening by creating and designing a memory garden at Lincoln Elementary in Merrillan in honor of former faculty.

She is survived by her parents, James and Betty Duxbury of Hixton, sisters, Jo Ann Fuerbringer of Eau Claire, Betsy Duxbury of Milwaukee, niece and nephew: Kirsten (Thomas) Wagner of Eau Claire, Brent (Celeste) Fuerbringer of La Crosse, great nephews and niece, Grant, Landon and Theodore Wagner and Mira Fuerbringer; and special friend, Glen Page of Omaha, NE.

She is preceded in death by her maternal and paternal grandparents.

Her family would like to send a special thank you to the Dunlap Cancer Center, 5th floor nursing, chaplains and physicians at Mayo Health System – Eau Claire, Mayo Clinic Hospice staff and Grace Lutheran Communities – Prairie Point staff for their compassionate care.

A celebration of life will be held Friday, May 29, 2020 from 3-7pm at the Florian Gardens in Eau Claire, WI. Memorial donations in honor of Faith can be designated to: Albert and Judith Dunlap Cancer Center – Mayo Clinic Health Center- 1221 Whipple St., Eau Claire, WI 54703, Lincoln Elementary School Memory Garden, 207 E. Pearl St., Merrillan, WI 54754 or the Skyline Golf Course, 612 N. 11th St., Black River Falls, WI 54615.

Chippewa Valley Cremation Service -Celebration of Life Center is assisting the family with arrangements. Online condolences can be left at www.chippewavalleycremation.com


Friday, May 29, 2020 from 3-7 pm at the Florian Gardens in Eau Claire, WI


Friday, May 29, 2020 from 3-7 pm at the Florian Gardens in Eau Claire, WI

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  • Greg Elde I hadn’t heard from Faith in a couple of months, she told me she was doctoring. She was so upbeat, that was her. We met a couple of times and she even made a trip to my lake cabin, she told me she was stepping out of her box. I went on Facebook tonight to connect with her and her obituary showed up, I was totally shocked and saddened by this, such an emotional and empty feeling. What a great lady! Enjoyed life and those around her. She loved my dog! My deepest sympathy to her family.

    January 27 at 9:17pm

  • Susan Colliton Faith and I became friends in high school. We reconnected about four years ago. It was so nice to spend time with her again, and also stay in touch via phone and social media. She was so kind, smart and sincere - always. Such a talented painter, as well. It is hard to believe she is gone. I will miss her so much. My condolences to her family for this terrible loss and to her many friends, as well.

    January 13 at 11:06pm

  • Linda Giese Moseley I'm so surprised and saddened to hear about Faith's passing.
    She taught me how to golf and we spent much time at Skyline during my summers home from college.
    Many Sympathies to you all.

    January 12 at 1:55pm

  • Debra Halama Misch I am so sorry to hear about Faith passing! I met Faith in 7th grade and we attended school together through college. Faith was a beautiful person on the inside and out! The paintings she did were so beautiful! My thoughts and prayers are with her and her family. May God Bess you all !

    January 12 at 4:08AM

  • Susan Colliton Faith has been a friend since high school. We lost touch for several years, but reconnected four years ago. Faith was always kind, smart, sincere - and an incredibly talented artist. I am so fortunate to have called her my friend and will cherish the time we spent together on road trips and long conversations. I will feel her loss forever. My deep sympathy and prayers for comfort to Jo Ann, Betsy, their parents and the extended family. Faith was a special gift to us all. She is now with God, the greatest artist of all.

    January 11 at 7:40PM

  • Ron Thompson So sorry for your loss she went to school with me for 12 years. God bless you all.

    January 11 at 7:37PM

  • Mary Fallow Dear Family ,what a sad time for all of us at H. F. Faith will be so missed by all her friends at H F , and there are many of us.Faith was such a wonderful Lady with so much talent and her gift of Friendship to so many of us.Faith was such an inspiration in so many ways, especially with her weight loss and her ability to paint and enjoy her gift of communication. I enjoyed seeing her progress with. Her paintings and also dining with her at Mona Lisa’s. I send.my most sincere sympathy and prayers to the Family she so enjoyed and her circle of Freinds.May Faith have comfort and joy with our Heavenly Father .Mary Fallow

    January 10 at 12:05PM

  • Gayla Jean Christianson So sorry to hear of Faith's passing. Faith was a wonderful teacher and a caring lady. RIP Beautiful Faith!

    January 10 at 9:37AM

  • Rhonda Hass I am so shocked and sorry to hear of Faith's passing. She was such a sweetheart and was a friend to everyone she met. She will be missed.

    January 10 at 7:20AM

  • Candy and Denis Janke So sorry to hear that Faith has passed on. I really liked her and enjoyed doing her hair when she was living in Alma Center.

    January 10 at 6:31AM

  • Gregg Mulry A beautiful and talented and gracious person has said goodbye for the last time. Godspeed.

    January 9 at 9:13PM

  • Kelly Remes Love and prayers in your families direction. You will be missed by all your gym buddies at Highland Fitness. ????????

    January 9 at 8:03PM

  • Marlene Giese I was so sad to hear about Faith's passing. She was a friend and fellow teacher for over 20 years at Lincoln. I was always in awe when I walked into her room. It was beautiful, and I teased her that you could tell she was an art major. She also was terrifically organized and caring about her students. After she retired, she painted beautiful works of art. The world's loss is heaven's gain. I imagine her still painting there.

    January 9 at 7:00PM

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