Ann Esse

Ann Esse

  • Funeral Date: 1/14/17
  • Funeral Time: 11:00 A.M.
  • Date of Birth: 3/09/34
  • Date of Death: 1/08/17
  • Funeral Location: Northfield Retirement Community

Ann Carol Egge Esse, age 82 of Northfield, passed away peacefully in her sleep on January 8, 2017, at The Northfield Retirement Center in Minnesota. Ann was born on March 9, 1934 to Arthur O. Egge and Florence (Tellefson) Egge in Tracy, Minnesota. She graduated as the Valedictorian from Walnut Grove High School and spent one year at St. Olaf College before continuing on to receive her medical technical degree in Minneapolis enabling her to help support her beloved husband, Robert Carlyle Esse, as he attended graduate school at Oregon State University.

Ann married her childhood sweetheart and love of her life, Bob, in 1954, and following graduate school, they settled in Pearl River, New York. In later years, after her children had moved on to college, Ann went on to earn her certification as an alcohol counselor and worked for the Council on Alcoholism where, through her work as a counselor, her friendship and sponsorship, she helped save the lives of people struggling with addiction—although she would be too modest to put it that way herself.

In retirement, Ann and Bob returned to the Midwest, building their home in Northfield. Once a Minnesotan always a Minnesotan, even after forty years in New York—Ann and Bob loved living in Northfield among relatives and friends. After Bob passed in December, 2015, Ann began the next chapter of her life at the Northfield Retirement Center, where she lived independent in an apartment, thriving in this welcoming community among wonderful friends.

Ann was a devoted wife and loving mother and grandmother. An avid New York Times crossword puzzle competitor, she would often battle Bob for the win. Ann loved music and the game show Jeopardy. She was a voracious reader and delighted in her four grandchildren. Among Ann’s favorite experiences, was her time spent living with Bob in Lisbon, Portugal, for months at a time, traveling within the country and experiencing the culture. Ann and Bob spent many enjoyable winters in Destin, Florida among friends.

Ann is survived by her two children—Christopher and wife Tracy of Beverly Hills, California, and Elizabeth and husband Lawrence Kahrs of Scituate, Massachusetts; four grandchildren—Olivia and Ross Esse, and Jack and Audrey Kahrs; a sister, Sharon, and husband Dennis Rossing, of San Antonio, Texas; a sister-in-law Anne and her husband, Ed Dougherty of Northfield; a brother-in-law, Rick Esse, and wife Pam of Northfield; and her mother-in-law, Lila Esse of Northfield.  Ann was preceded in death by her husband and by her parents.

On Saturday January 14, 2017, we will gather to celebrate Ann’s life at the Chapel of the Northfield Retirement Community at 11 a.m., followed by a catered lunch.

In lieu of flowers please consider a contribution to the Northfield Retirement Community Foundation.

Arrangements are with Benson & Langehough funeral home.


  1. Pam Moeller

    Ann was my sister-in-law. My husband Rick Esse and my other sister-in-law Anne Dougherty were Bob’s siblings. After Bob’s death, Ann stayed in Northfield. It was a difficult time for her, but the family here always kept her involved and included her in our long-standing holiday traditions. We were fortunate to have spent this past Christmas with Ann. She laughed, talked about “Bobby,” Walnut Grove, and her favorite aunt Harriet and uncles Jack and Bud. We are heartbroken and we will miss her greatly. We love you Annie.
    Pam Moeller, Northfield

  2. Ted Flesner

    Ann, hercousinHarold Egge, my cousin Verna Flesner, and I were always near each other in junior and senior high in Walnut Grove as class was seated by alphabet. Those were great years and?I remember them with much fondness!!! Anne was fun but somewhat shy. I count my days with those three as the best!!! TED FLESNER

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