Swan Funeral Home

1224 Boston Post Road, Old Saybrook, CT


Norman Essner

April 21, 1935January 17, 2020

Norman Essner, 84, of Chester, Connecticut, formerly of the Bronx, New York, passed away on January 17, 2020. He was born in the Bronx to Jennie (Applebaum) and Philip Essner. His parents immigrated to the US in the 1920’s, his mother from Austria and his father from Romania. Mr. Essner graduated from The City College of New York (Baruch College) and Brooklyn Law School. He practiced as a civil trial attorney in numerous New York counties, running a very successful practice. He retired early to Florida and spent many years enjoying travel, cruises, season tickets to the Kravis Center, tennis, and reading. He later moved to Georgia, where he worked part-time in the Juvenile Court as a children’s advocate.

Mr. Essner is survived by his wife, Sara Essner; daughter Susan Ferestien and her husband Kenneth Ferestien, of New City, New York; daughter Penny Rawlings and her significant other, Drew Phillips, of New Hope, Pennsylvania; daughter Kate Heiser and her husband Ted Heiser of Chester, Connecticut; and grandchildren Cory Levine (wife Nicole), Michael Levine, Lindsey Royce, Morgan Ferestien, Genevieve Heiser, J. Finn Heiser, and Sara Heiser.

The family would like to extend its gratitude to the doctors, nurses, and staff at the Connecticut Hospice in Branford for their compassionate care of Mr. Essner in his last days.

Funeral service will begin at 11:30 am at the Fountain Hill Cemetery chapel. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to the Connecticut Hospice in Branford.


  • Graveside Service Monday, January 20, 2020


Norman Essner

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John Coladonato

February 18, 2020

It is with great sadness that I learned of the passing of Norman Essner. No words will ever do Justice to the impact Norman has left on my Family, He was a Strong Lawyer and a great Man and I will never forget what He has done for my Family. Wishing his Family peace and comfort during this difficult time. He will be missed big time RIP Norman

Dianne Scoggins

January 25, 2020

Norman Essner was a excellent attorney and strong legal advocate for dependent children in Georgia’s foster care system. It was my distinct honor to work with him in the juvenile courts of the Appalachian Judicial Circuit. I nicknamed him ‘Bulldog’. He loved it!
He deeply loved his beautiful wife, Sara; and their time in the north Georgia mountains was a great adventure for them along with their many travels.
I was blessed to have the Essners as dear friends! God’s speed Bulldog...see you on the other side.