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1 of 9 | Posted by: Fran Fielden Litorja - Snohomish, WA

“I will dearly miss such a wonderful priest and shepherd of the church. Fr. Tom Esper was a pinnacle of his ministry. He blessed me with his...Read More »
2 of 9 | Posted by: Maryjo Ciochon-stott - MI

“I will never forget your kindness to my mother, who was at my house in hospice...your gentle strength, your compassion and the warmth you showed her...Read More »
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4 of 9 | Posted by: Christine Young - Warren, MI

“May you rest in peace and may your light shine down upon all those hearts you touched at Holy Innocents Parish in Roseville, Michigan. ”
5 of 9 | Posted by: Shelley Butler - Roseville, MI

“Condolences from the Robert Walter Esper family ”
6 of 9 | Posted by: Connie Esper-Kanze - Brentwood, TN

“God welcome you home dearest Father Esper. You were a great pastor and priest at our beloved School and Parish at the Church of the Holy Innocents....Read More »
7 of 9 | Posted by: Larry Leeper - Warren, MI

“Rest In Peace dear Father Esper. You were my all time favorite priest. Always so kind and gentle. You married me and baptized both of our sons,...Read More »
8 of 9 | Posted by: Christine Young - Warren, MI

“We Thank God for You ”
9 of 9 | Posted by: Solomon Family


Father Thomas Francis Esper, 91, of Lakeport, died Wednesday, December 27, 2017.

He was born March 10, 1926 in Dearborn, to the late Anthony M. and Gertrude E. Esper.

Father Esper was ordained June 2, 1951.

He was a former pastor of Holy Innocents Church in Roseville, St. Mary's Church in Redford, St. Louis Church in Mt. Clemens, St. Gertrude Church in St. Clair Shores, St. Joseph's Church in Detroit, and most recently St. Edward on-the-Lake Church in Lakeport, retiring in 1996.

He is survived by and loved by many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by five brothers, Gregory Esper, Father Clement Esper, Raymond Esper, Jerome Esper and Tony Esper; his two sisters, Rita Hoare and Alma Given.

Visitation will be 2 to 8 p.m. Monday at St. Edward on-the-Lake Catholic Church, with a Vigil Service at 7 p.m.

Funeral Mass will be 11 a.m. Tuesday, January 2, 2018 in St. Edward on-the-Lake Catholic Church with visitation two hours prior to the service.

Burial will be in St. Alphonsus Cemetery, Dearborn.

Memorials may be made to St. Edward on-the-Lake Catholic Church or to Sacred Heart Major Seminary.

Arrangements by Karrer-Simpson Funeral Home.

For complete information visit Karrer-Simpson Funeral Home.