Mary A. (Nelessen) Kessler, 95, formerly of Kimberly, passed away peacefully with her family at her side on Sunday, October 20, 2013. She was born October 28, 1917, daughter of the late Frank and Catherine (Vander Heiden) Van Lanen. On May 30, 1940, Mary married Norbert Nelessen, and he preceded her in death on July 10, 1970. Then on November 24, 1976, she married Robert Kessler, and he preceded her in death on May 26, 2007. Mary was active in many different organizations including the Pierre Post #2778 of Appleton, a life member of the DAV Auxiliary of Appleton, a member of the American Legion Auxiliary Unit to the William Verhagen Post #60 of Kimberly and she was also a member of the Fox Cities Chapter of the military order of the Cooties #29 of Appleton.
Mary is lovingly survived by her children: Cletus (Dianne) Nelessen, Donna Nelessen, Luella (Tom) Opsteen, Sharon (Charles) Mikkelsen, Cindy (Paul) Sanders and Carla (Paul) German; 13 grandchildren: Jeff (Michele) Nelessen, Brad (Katie) Van Cuyk, Ryun (Denise) Van Cuyk, Tara (Jon) Van Dyke, Aaron (Karmen) Opsteen, Crystal Lehmann, Ed Mc Amoil, Dawn Mc Amoil, Sara Mikkelsen, Ben Sanders, Jesse Sanders, Hannah German and Leah German; 15 great-grandchildren; a sister, Sister Anne Jude Van Lanen, CSA; a brother, Bill (Mary Lou) Van Lanen; sisters and brothers-in-law: Dolores (Gene) Van Camp, Helen Diedrich, Dolly (Dale) Meulemans, Art Vosters, Ceil, Bernice, Marian and Rita Nelessen. She is also survived by Bob’s children: Pete, Mildred and Mark (Vicki) Kessler, his 9 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren.
Mary was preceded in death by her parents; her two husbands; a daughter, Sister Kathleen Nelessen, CSA; a granddaughter and her husband, Anne and Terry Reichardt; a step-son, Paul Kessler; a sister, Colette and five brothers: Reuben, Ralph, Norbert, Francis and Eugene; and many brothers and sisters-in-laws and other family members and friends. Funeral services will be held at 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, October 24, 2013, at St. Paul Catholic Church, 410 Wallace Street, Combined Locks, with Fr. Andrew Kysely officiating. Interment will be in Holy Spirit Cemetery, Kimberly. Visitation will be at the church on Thursday from 3:00 p.m. until the time of the Mass. In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established.
Mary’s family would like to extend a special thank you to the staff at St. Francis Terrace, for your love and the wonderful care you gave to their mother.