In Memory

Jim Moessner

DOB:  1/13/49

DOD:  1/28/20

Jim Moessner

James (Jim) Karl Moessner was born 01/13/1949 to parents Karl and Emma Louise (Muntz) Moessner in the Third Ward neighborhood of Eau Claire, WI.  After long suffering from Multiple Sclerosis Jim passed peacefully in Eau Claire on 01/28/2020.  

Jim was born and raised in Eau Claire.  He was an only child.  However, Jim had four brothers by choice built from bonds formed at a young age in Eau Claire.  Jay, Carl, Dave and Art shared many significant life moments together.  As adults Jim loved the annual fishing trips the brothers would take together each year in Northern Wisconsin.    

Jim graduated from Memorial High School in 1967 and from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1972.  Jim had a passion for real estate and appraisal.  After graduation Jim went to work with Bob Anderson at Anderson Appraisal.  It would be the only place Jim ever worked during his career in real estate appraisal.  In time Jim became partners with Bob and the business became Anderson Moessner Apprasials. 

Jim met Nancy Zanotelli while she was attending the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.  They were married in Greendale, WI in 1973.  Jim and Nancy were blessed with two sons, Jeffrey and Jason.  Jim cherished raising his family in the Eastside Hill and Putnam Heights neighborhoods of Eau Claire.  Jim was blessed with three grandchildren, Caleb, Maggie and Wyatt.  Jim had many glowing smiles watching his three grandchildren grow.   Jim was a true family man.  

Jim loved vacations with his family.  There were many trips to Florida. Jim most enjoyed taking long trips by train.  Seattle, Montana and New Orleans were some of his favorite train trips the family took together.  In retirement Jim and Nancy loved their cottage on Clear Lake in New Auburn, WI.  Many family holidays were spent together at the cottage.  

Jim maintained much physical and mental abilities during the onset of MS. The disease eventually took his entire body and mind. Jim was ready for the disease to let him go.  

When he passed, Jim walked free and easy up the stairway to meet Jesus.  

Jim was preceded in death by his parents, Karl and Emmy Lou and Father in Law Victor Zanotelli (Ruth Underdale).  Jim is survived by his wife Nancy, sons Jason and Jeff, daughter in law Vanessa (Anderson) grandchildren Caleb (12), Maggie (11) and Wyatt (7), cousins, sister and brother in law Jeanne (Zanotelli) and Richard Hibbard, and mother in law Ruth (Underdale) Zanotelli.  

Funeral service will take place at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, February 4, 2020 at First Congregational UCC, 310 Broadway St, Eau Claire, WI 54703, with Rev. Dr. Mark X. Pirazzini officiating. Visitation will take place from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Monday, February 3, 2020 at Hulke Family Funeral Home, 3209 Rudolph Road, Eau Claire, WI 54701. There will be no visitation prior to the service on Tuesday. Private family committal service will take place at Forest Hill Cemetery, Eau Claire.

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01/30/20 04:40 PM #5    

Geb Weizennegger

I am saddened with Jim’s passing. He was a good friend of my childhood. I knew him and his parents well. Fine people. Fond memories of many events from our formative years.  Sorry for the family at this time. May you be lifted up with God’s blessings.  Geb Weizenegger 

01/30/20 04:49 PM #6    

John Dunn

Hearing about Jim's passing got me very nostalgic (which is unusual for me).  I dug out my old picture album and found this 3rd grade Campus School picture.  Jim is the best dressed guy in the bow tie.  I lived 2 blocks from him so we spent alot of time together as we grew up but hadn't seen him for awhile.  He will be missed.  Many of us Campus School 3rd grader's were part of the '67 class, can you name them?

01/30/20 10:30 PM #7    

Cindy Clarke (Vergenz)

I moved to Eau Claire in third grade and attended Campus School. Jim and I were in the same grade school class and lived just a few blocks apart.  Jim was a lot of fun and always had a smile on his face.  I talked to him briefly at the last few class reunions and was thrilled that he remembered me.  Jim, thinking of you.  


01/30/20 10:36 PM #8    

Cindy Clarke (Vergenz)

Mark Ortiz. Just an addition to your list of classmates. Mary Culver is in the top row third from the left next to Amy Cohen. And Sue Tanner is in the front row next to Mary Beth Carr. 🤗

01/31/20 07:37 AM #9    

B Craig Farmer

Although not unexpected, it's sad to hear of Jim's passing.  He fought the good fight under difficult circumstances.  I'll miss him.

Jim was a friend of mine as far back as I can remember. We played with one another.  We were in Cub Scouts together.  We attended Campus School together. 

I owe a large part of my career selection to him as an engineer.  He was close to my Father who spoke fondly of him. 

My thoughts and prayers are with Nancy and his sons.

01/31/20 09:35 AM #10    

Sue Peterson (Pardue)

I'm sitting here trying to think when Jim became a friend of mine. Whenever it was, chatting with him was always a joy. Carl and Emmylou were Christmas card buddies. When I came to town and could pop in Jim's office, I loved hearing SUZY! Nancy and family he was a real treasure. Blessings to each of you.


01/31/20 11:01 AM #11    

Margaret White (Grudem)

I remember Jim well.  He was kind and his parents welcomed us into their home.  I am thankful for my time at Campus school because I got to know some wonderful friends.

01/31/20 12:47 PM #12    

Jean Skeels (Close)

A good man, and a good friend to many.   We are all lucky to have known him.   My thoughts and prayers are with Nancy, who gave her all in caring for Jim during the long struggle.  Rest In Peace Jim!

01/31/20 04:02 PM #13    

Ron Halpern


Jim and I first became friends when we were both in kindergarten at Campus School. Later on, in grade school and junior high school, He, I, John Hoeppner, John Dunn, Phillip Owen, Martk Ortiz, Marybeth Carr, Cynthia Carter, Amy Cohen, Elizabeth Hibbard,  Art Close, Tom York, Mark Fay, Scott Benedict, and so many others shared many of life's experiences together, both good and not so good. I remember spending many days at his housee, along with his parents, Karl and Emmylou.   If I've left out anyone's name, it was not intentional; the passing of time starts to dim one's memory. 

Among Jim's many talents, he was on the way to becoming a very fine basketball player.  I remember a game in junior high school when Jim scored 13 points out of a total of only 25 points scored by our school.  Hadit not been for a very sudden and unfortunate accident, I suspect Jim would have been a hell of an addtion to the MHS basketball team.  He later went on to have a fine career in the real estate industry. I considered hilm a friend for the entirety of our lives together. 

As we all know, the last few years of Jim's life were not, owing to the fates, quality years.  Nevertheless, I still remember Jim showing up at our 40th school reunion, accompanied by his wife.  


As the years have passed, I have lost many friends and acquaintances. However, Jim's passing is a very special and personal loss to me.  Rest in piece, Jim.  Someday, we hope to see you again.


Ron Halpern


02/01/20 08:34 AM #14    

Tom York

I was saddened to hear of Jim's passing. He was a very good friend all the way back to Kindergarten. Thinking about him now brings back good memories of growing up with him. He was well liked and respected throughout his life because he earned it by liking and respecting everyone. 

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