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Jr. Herman J. Essert

Herman J. Essert Jr. 80 of Phoenix died Friday, July 7, 2023, with his wife of 60 years holding his hand, and loving family by his side.

He was born March 13, 1943, in St. Louis, Missouri to Herman J. Sr. of Eichenbuhl, Germany and Marcella (Terschluse) Essert of Washington, Missouri; they preceded him in death in 1977 and 1988 respectively. Also preceded in death by his son Herman J. Essert III, father and mother-in-law Arthur and Evelyn “Bobbie” Mergen.

He married the love of his life, Jody Johnston on July 20, 1963, at St. Mary’s Basilica in Phoenix, AZ.

Herman is survived by his beloved wife Jody; children James (Erin) Essert of Phoenix, Cindy (Steve) O’Connor of Gilbert, AZ, and Julie (Edgar) Montiel of Phoenix, AZ; 7 grandchildren Shane (Morganne) Essert, Toril Essert, Ryan O’Connor, Kyra O’Connor, Rebecca Montiel, Kyle Montiel, and Jake Montiel; 2 great grandchildren Leidan Essert and Otto Essert; 2 sisters Sister Mary Rita of St, Louis, Missouri and Marcella (Jerry) Siefker of Las Vegas, Nevada; as well as nieces Barbara (Ron) Lahmeyer, Marcella (Kevin) Jorgensen, Nancy Siefker, Laura (Scott) Armstrong, and nephew Jerry (Josi) Siefker.

Herman moved to Arizona in 1959 where he attended Saint Mary’s Catholic High School. There he met his future bride and graduated in 1961. He attended ASU and received a Masters from the ABA Stonier Graduate School of Banking Rutgers University, writing his thesis on the debit card/atm systems. He began as a teenager in the mailroom at Arizona bank, and retired as Senior Vice President of Bank of America, Arizona Real Estate Division. He was well known in the Arizona Banking Community and instrumental in bringing the debit card/atm system to the Arizona Bank. He was recruited by Century South Banks Inc./BB&T Dahlonega, GA, did private consultation for various banks and retired a second time. Herman and Jody split their time between GA and AZ for 23 years, moving permanently back to AZ in 2021.

Herman served on several boards, Campfire Girls of America, Boys and Girls Club of America, Lion’s Club, Saint Mary’s Dad’s Club, and more.

Herman was a friend to many. He was a very humorous man and an amazing storyteller. He loved to play games and host game tournaments with friends. He enjoyed playing cards and was quite the card shark.

He cherished his wife, Jody.

Herman did not wish for a funeral however, a Mass will be offered for his Intentions at Saint Mary’s Basilica, 11:30 am Mass on Sunday, July 30th, 2023.

In lieu of flowers, memorials/donations can be made to the Alzheimer’s Association or Hospice of the Valley Condolences may be expressed at
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