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James "Jim" K. Moessner, January 13, 1949 - January 28, 2020

James "Jim" K. Moessner
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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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Hulke Family Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 3209 Rudolph Road, Eau Claire, WI 54701 is assisting the family with the arrangements. 


  1. Steven Larrabee February 5, 2020

    I originally got to know Jim in a professional setting, but over time on a more personal level as well. I thought he was kind, generous, and humorous, but most of all, genuine. I deeply mourn his passing.

  2. Lynn Anderson February 4, 2020

    To Nancy and family, my condolences, Jim was truly a remarkable man. He was an inspiration to me, and it was an honor to work with him. It is a great loss with his passing, to all the people who closely knew him. May he rest in peace. Theodore Roosevelt wrote, “Absence and death are the same. Only that in death there is no suffering.“ Lynn Anderson

  3. Bill Olson February 3, 2020

    I knew Jim because he graduated from Memorial with my big brother Steve Olson. They were friends until my brother died in a car-train accident in 1973.

    Jim was always a kind and funny person, and was always kind whenever he ran into my parents or me throughout the years.

    The last time I saw Jim was probably the summer of 2005. Knowing that he owned a business, I told him that I had just started a business of my own. He said, "Bill, is it something that you really, really love to do?"

    Of course, it was, which gave me more confidence.

    I offer my sincerest condolences to Jim's family and close friends.

    Bill Olson
    Owner, Iconostar Productions LLC
    418 Marston Ave.
    Eau Claire, WI 54701

  4. Tim Broetzmann February 3, 2020

    We met in Jaycees years ago and I always admired how you handled life's afflictions. I am an only child too. Rest, my friend, rest. Peace be with your family.

  5. Mickey & Liz Spencer February 3, 2020

    Liz and I offer our condolences on the passing of your father, James.

  6. Tom Weizenegger February 2, 2020

    Dear Nancy and Family, We are sad to hear of Jim's passing. He was a good friend. My brother Geb (graduated with Jim at ECM) and I grew up in the third ward, where all our families knew each other. Our fathers worked at Uniroyal, and other local businesses. It was a real neighborhood with a lot of kids running around! Many good memories, Take care, Tom.

  7. James W,. Theisen February 2, 2020

    Very sorry to hear about Jim passing. I have worked with him for many years. A real professional in the real estate business and a great person. God bless!!

  8. Vicki Gillett February 1, 2020

    Dear Nancy,
    I was so sad to hear of Jim's passing and send you and your family my deepest condolences. As you know, Jim & I graduated in the same class at Memorial High School, but we had known each other since grade school at Bartlett School. We both lived in the Third Ward during those years. Jim was always such a kind and caring person, and I know he found a loving wife and companion in you. If I lived a little closer to Eau Claire, I would attend the funeral on Tuesday. Please know that you will be in my thoughts.
    Vicki Gillett

  9. Dave Anderson February 1, 2020

    Nancy and family, my deepest sympathy to you with Jim’s passing. I had heard last summer that his MS had really taken him down and I felt badly for all of you with his suffering. Our family , especially my Dad, always had a deep respect for Jim and his ability as an MAI appraiser. Dave Anderson

  10. Wendy and RandyRichards January 31, 2020

    Dear Nancy,
    Our hearts go out to you as you bid dear Jim good-bye. It’s been a long road for all of you and you have been a loving and wonderful caregiver. We wish life could have been easier. Please take care. We are so sorry to miss the funeral but we are out in CO.
    Blessings to you and your family.
    Wendy and Randy

  11. MARK VOLLENDORF January 30, 2020

    Dear Nancy and sons---so sorry for your loss----he was an inspiration and an absolutely unforgettable man---I cherish all the great memories and fun we shared

  12. BRUCE WILLETTE January 30, 2020

    Nancy, our thoughts and prayers are with you and the boys at this time. Such sad news..... rest in peace my friend.

    Bruce & Sue Willette

  13. jay close January 29, 2020

    So sorry to hear that Jim passed away. My prayers are with you all. Take care. Jay