Jean Esser, 79, a member of St. John the Apostle Parish in Oregon City, died May 2 in Mount Angel. Funeral services will be at a later date.

Ms. Esser was born Aug. 17, 1940 in Silverton to Hubert and Marie (Sprauer) Esser. She grew up on a farm outside of Silverton with five siblings. After graduating from Mount Angel Academy in 1958, she attended Merritt Davis Business College in Salem. She worked for several years for the dean of music at Willamette University and then moved to the Portland area and worked until her retirement at Lewis and Clark College as the student account manager. She lived in West Linn. Ms. Esser loved to travel and enjoyed camping and fishing, especially with her brothers. She also liked gardening, crossword puzzles and jigsaw puzzles.

She was preceded in death by her parents and her brother Carl Esser. She is survived by her brother Paul Esser of Aloha, sisters Dolores Esser of Milwaukie, Linda Gerlits and Donna Bates, both of Silverton, and many nieces and nephews.