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Ankeny Funeral Home & Crematory

1510 West First Street, Ankeny, IA

OBITUARY

Lessa Jo Eshelman

September 28, 1957December 28, 2019
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Lessa Jo Eshelman, 62, of Ankeny, passed away on December 28, 2019 at her home in Ankeny after a two-year battle with cancer. Lessa Jo Eshelman (Oldenburger) was born in Parkersburg, Iowa on September 28, 1957 and graduated from Parkersburg high school in 1976. While in high school Lessa was active in cheerleading and various academic activities. Lessa was blessed with two children, Natalie Lane and Nick Biber, and married Eric Eshelman on September 19, 1997 in Des Moines. The last 13 years Lessa has enjoyed working in the Physician Assistant program at DMU. Lessa took great pride in working for DMU and enjoyed and cherished all of the friends she made while working there. She was an avid reader, loved gardening, shopping, finding the perfect shade of lipstick and spending time with family and her dogs, Meatball, Chloe and Baby.

Lessa is survived by her husband, Eric Eshelman; daughter, Natalie Lane; son, Nick Biber; brothers, Mike and Todd Oldenburger; aunt, Joyce (Dean) Harrenstein; and mother-in-law Kay Eshelman.

She was preceded in death by father, Larry J. Oldenburger; brother, Jeff Oldenburger; grandparents, Fred and Ethel Oldenburger; and her father-in-law, Larry Eshelman.

A Celebration of Life open house will be held on Sunday, January 5th from 12 to 3 PM at Lakeside Center (400 NW Lakeshore Dr. Ankeny, IA) in Ankeny, Iowa.

Services

  • Celebration of Life Sunday, January 5, 2020

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Michael an Mary Ann McMurry

January 6, 2020

Our remembrances to a very fine family. Lessa Jo was a most charming woman whose warmth & interests were directed to her family, friends and co- workers. She was a great conversationalist, had an engaging smile and laugh and could balance the scales of life.

Tracie Hodges

January 3, 2020

RIP lessa. From your friend and barista @dmu.tracie.

Lynn Mogle

January 3, 2020

Lessa was very energetic. Her smile and laugh was contagious. Whenever I was having a bad day, I could always call her or pop and talk to her. She always made me smile and laugh. I'll miss you Lessa.

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