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Valerie Ann Esler, cherished wife, loving mother, devoted sister, adored grandmother, and beloved friend, passed away on October 6, 2023, at the age of 80. Born in Manchester, CT on February 3, 1943 to Agnes Kelley Dyer and Norman Chester Dyer, Valerie was preceded in death by her parents, as well as her brothers, Glenn (Jeanne) Dyer and Arthur Dyer.
Val pursued her education at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, earning a degree in Speech Pathology. She worked as a Speech Therapist, supporting her husband through law school. Later, she obtained her real estate license, embarking on a remarkable 30-year career as a consistent top producer in the Fox Valley. Her unique gift lay in her relentless pursuit to find the perfect home for every single client, regardless of the obstacles. Once you became Val’s client, you became like family. Throughout her years in real estate, she attained the highest level of production as a Senior Associate with Coldwell Banker, a testament to her unwavering commitment to her clients and their families.
Val’s proudest and most enduring legacy was her family. She shared 64 years of unconditional love and unwavering devotion with her soul mate, John Esler, whom she met on Christmas Day in 1960 at the age of 16. They went on to marry, June 27, 1965. Val is survived by her three devoted children: David Esler of San Francisco, Sarah Esler Pearsall (Alex Pearsall) of Chicago, and Rebecca Esler (Gary Resch) of New York City. Her love extended to her cherished grandchildren: Sean Esler, Liam Esler, Lauren Pearsall, Reid Pearsall, Alden Resch, Isaac Resch, and Declan Resch who lovingly referred to her as Gigi.
In addition to her immediate family, Val is survived by her brothers, Norman (Mary) Dyer and Gary Dyer (Linda Dunn), as well as her sisters-in-law, Karen (Karl) Aldinger and Mary Ann Esler, who all held a special place in her heart.
Val possessed a zest and enthusiasm for life that was unparalleled. She lit up a room with her bright smile and her twinkly eyes. She was the ultimate cheerleader who delighted in everyone’s success. She loved celebrating people and was never one to miss a party. In fact, she’d often be the last one standing (and for those who knew her well, the last to arrive).
She had a warm heart and was always eager to inquire about the well-being of those around her. Once you were in her orbit, her selflessness and compassion were boundless. She devoted herself to the needs of family and friends - and it was very easy to become Val’s friend! Her kindness and unwavering love touched the lives of many, leaving an indelible mark on all who had the privilege of knowing her.
A celebration of Val’s life will be held in the Summer of 2024, allowing friends and family to come together and honor her enduring spirit. Details will appear in the Post Crescent.
The family requests that those who wish to honor her consider making a donation in her name to Doctors Without Borders or the Alzheimer’s Association.