Mary Ann Kessler


December 2, 1922 - January 30, 2013


Mary Ann Kessler, daughter of Wendell and Mary Louise Schaffer, was born on December 2, 1922 in Odessa, SK Canada. She moved to South Dakota in 1927.  Upon graduating from Notre Dame Academy, Mary Ann taught in rural schools in Davison and Hanson Counties from 1941 to 1949.

Mary Ann was married to Wilfred Kessler on May 25, 1949 until his death in 2004. They had 5 children, Alice, Jerry, Gene, Mary Lee, and Deanna. They started Kessler Plumbing in 1951 until 1984 when it was sold to their son, Gene and his wife, Jackie.

Mary Ann was an amazing, sweet and giving woman. She loved life and lived it to the fullest. Mary Ann had a great love for sewing, crafts, ceramics and flower arranging. She was a member of the Mitchell Holy Spirit Catholic Church, Altar Society, Catholic Daughters of America, Mitchell Garden Club, Craft Club, the Moose Lodge and the American Legion. She participated in Holiday Arts, taught 4H, ceramics and square dance lessons. In later years, she acquired a passion of collecting jewelry.

Mary Ann was blessed to spend her last year and final days in the home and under the care of her granddaughter, Rachele Maas, her husband David and their 4 children. She enjoyed having her loved ones come visit during her stay.

Mary Ann is survived by her children, Alice Butterfield and husband, Bill, of Lynwood, IL; Gene Kessler and wife Jackie, of Mitchell, SD; Deanna Kessler of Tucson, AZ; one brother, James Schaffer and his wife Doris of Mitchell, SD; two sisters-in-law, Gladys Kessler, Mitchell, SD and Mildred Carstens, St. Peter, MN; one aunt, Florence Mengenhauser of Flandreau, SD; 12 grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Wilfred; her daughter, Mary Lee; her son, Jerry; her parents, Wendell and Mary Louise Schaffer; one brother, Ed Schaffer; and one sister, Dorothy Haiar.


Friday, February 8, 2013
6:00 PM - 8:10 PM
Bittner Funeral Chapel
Scripture Service ~ 7:00 PM
805 West Havens
Mitchell, South Dakota


Saturday, February 9, 2013
10:30 AM
Holy Spirit Catholic Church
Mitchell, South Dakota


Calvary Cemetery
Mitchell, South Dakota

Posted by Jim and Diane Suhr on February 19, 2013
Sorry to learn of your mothers passing. She was a very nice lady. Our deepest sympathy to the Kessler family.
Posted by Kelly on February 10, 2013
To the Kessler family, I'm sorry for your loss. May it comfort you to know that Jehovah God sees the pain from your loss and can strengthen your hearts with his sure promises. He will soon get rid of death and bring our loved ones back to life. John 5:28,29. We look forward to seeing Mary Ann and other loved ones again. Sincere condolences.
Posted by Jackie Kessler on February 8, 2013
I was blessed to have MaryAnn as my Mother-in-law, a very kind, giving, honest and gentle person. She never complained even when she had plenty of things she could have complained about. A good Mother and Grandma! She will be missed by many!!!!!
Posted by Terri Kessler-Seaman on February 6, 2013
Grandma--Missing you so much already. You are one incredible lady and I hope to be as loved as you have been. Part of me went to heaven with you. I will see you again someday! I love you so much my tounge can't tell well it!!!
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