Jesse A. Riesterer

Jesse A. Riesterer, age 50, of Collins, passed away peacefully on June 10, 2022, at his home following a long battle with liver and kidney disease. He was born October 2, 1971, son of Charles Riesterer, and the late Debra Riesterer. On June 14, 2009, he married Pamela Bowe.

Jesse loved camping and being outdoors, and took a particular interest in beekeeping. He was also a “foody” that loved to cook. He went big on everything, preferring to not only build and fix things himself, but create his own designs when he did. He could keep a straight face while telling outrageous “true” stories, and declared himself the expert wood inspector for Menards. He also liked meandering around at thrift and antique stores and visiting casinos with Pam.

Jesse is survived by his wife, Pam; his children: Justin (Taylor) Mertzig and Samantha (Kyle) Reynolds; his grandchildren: Ryker, Delilah, and Burton (on the way);  his father: Chuck Riesterer; sister: Michelle Liesch; Pam’s mother: Carol Bowe; brothers-in-law: Craig (Mariann) Bowe and Corey (Kori) Bowe; 4 nieces and 1 nephew; and special extended family: Glenn Woelfel, Tina Reese, and Todd Woelfel.

Jesse was preceded in death by his mother: Debra Riesterer; a brother: Jason Riesterer; and Pam’s father: Dennis Bowe.

A memorial service will be held at 3:00 pm on Saturday, June 25, 2022, at the Wieting Family Funeral Home. Friends and family may call at the funeral home from 1:00 pm until 3:00 pm on the day of service. Please also join the family for a Celebration of Jesse’s Life, which will take place at 6:00 pm that evening at Meat’s Opera Haus (204 S. 4th Ave. St. Nazianz). For those that would like to watch a livestream of the service, see a recording of the service in the future, watch a memorial video in Jesse’s honor, or view flowers given to the family, please click HERE

The family would also like to thank the Hematology Department at Froedtert Hospital for their care of Jesse over the past two years, Sharon Richardson Hospice for their care and compassion during Jesse’s last days, and also Home Instead caregivers (Amanda and Donna) for taking such good care of Jesse.

In lieu of flowers a memorial fund has been established in the name of Jesse Riesterer.