Emily S. Essler


Emily Stella Essler, age 77 of Chippewa Falls, Wis., died Sunday, Oct. 27, 2013, at Sacred Heart Hospital, Eau Claire, after a short illness.

A funeral service was held on Oct. 30 at Pederson-Volker Funeral Chapel in Chippewa Falls. A celebration of her life was held after the service at the home of her daughter, Kathy (Mark) Haakana in Chippewa Falls.

She was born March 24, 1936, in Sauk Centre to Helen (Cripe) and Emil Studanski. She graduated from Sauk Centre High School in 1954, where she was the homecoming queen.

On June 5, 1960, Emily married Kenneth Essler. She made homes for her family in West Allis, Wis., Cresco, Iowa and retired in Osakis.  They moved to Chippewa Falls to be near their family.  

Emily was a wonderful homemaker, wife and mother.  She enjoyed family vacations and going to garage sales with her sister, Ann.  She will be dearly missed.

She is survived by her husband, Ken Essler, of Chippewa Falls; two daughters, Karen (Randy) Flanery of Walkerville, Mich., Kathryn (Mark) Haakana of Chippewa Falls; two grandsons, Timothy and Joshua Haakana; two step-grandsons, Brian (Jen) Flanery, Chad (Holly) Flanery; four step-great-grandchildren, Maks, Finn, Ali and Easton; two sisters, Margaret Dinndorf of Albany, Geri (Mike) Reinardy of Cedar; a brother, Jim (Mary Ann) Studanski of Belle Plaine; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Emil and Helen Studanski; sister and brother-in-law, Ann and Stan Nelson.

Pederson-Volker Funeral Chapel & Cremation Services, Chippewa Falls is serving the family.

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