The Diocese of Des Moines
Rest in Peace Msgr. Stessman
Msgr. Jerry Stessman
Rest in Peace Msgr. Stessman
April 6, 2016
Written By: Anne Marie Cox

Monsignor Jerry Stessman, a longtime parish priest, passed away Monday, April 4 at age 83 after nearly 57 years of serving the people of the Diocese of Des Moines.

Visitation will be Sunday, April 10 at Holy Trinity Church in Des Moines from 2-7 p.m. with a vigil service at 7 p.m. A funeral and luncheon will be Monday, April 11 at Holy Trinity Church at 11 a.m. Burial will be at St. Joseph Cemetery in Earling on April 11 at 4:30 p.m.

"We render thanks to God for the great gift he was to our Catholic community over these many years," said Bishop Richard Pates. 

Originally from Earling in the northwest corner of our diocese, Msgr. Stessman was ordained by Bishop Edward Daly on May 31, 1959. 

He served a number of rural and urban parishes from ordination until he retired in 2003. He served Sacred Heart in in West Des Moines, Assumption in Granger, St. Patrick in Council Bluffs, St. Mary in Guthrie Center, St. Cecilia in Panora, St. Edward in Afton, St. Patrick in Lenox, Holy Spirit in Creston and in Des Moines he served St. Anthony, St. Ambrose Cathedral and Holy Trinity.

He was honored with the title "monsignor" in 1990.

May Msgr. Stessman enjoy the fullness of life with the Risen Savior forever. Save to


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