Kathy Kessler, 70, Fessenden, passed away peacefully Monday, May 6, 2013, at her home in Fessenden, surrounded by her family.
Kathleen Albers, daughter of Emil and Irene (Dolan) Albers, was born Nov. 5, 1942, at Hazen where she grew up and attended school, graduating from Hazen High School in 1960. She then worked as a dental assistant for several years in Hazen and later in Bismarck.
She was married to Norman Kessler on Aug. 24, 1963, at St. Martin's Catholic Church in Hazen. They lived in Beulah and later Bismarck before moving to Fessenden in 1967. Kathy stayed home to raise her six children and once they were all in school she worked as a para at the Fessenden Public School from 1981 to 2003.
With respect to her wishes, Kathy's family will not elaborate on the wonderful life she lived, but simply say that all who knew her were blessed beyond measure.
Kathy is survived by: her husband of 49 years, Norman; her six children and their families, Charles (Gwen) Kessler of West Fargo and their daughters, McKenzie and fiance, Phillip, and Charlsey; Melessa (Brad) Bosch of Minot and their children, Braden and fiancee, Morgan, and their son, Branson, and Nateal and Broderick; Tom (Luanne) Kessler of Appleton, Minn., and their children, Alexis, Kellen, Jaydah and Kayden; Lori Jo (Craig) Demester of New Rockford and their children, Kathleen, Ahna, Kennedy and Jax; Karen (Rob) Woodbury of Bismarck and their children, Maggie, Keagen and Jetta; and Mary (Trevor) Wick of Woodworth and their children, Rylen and Harper Rose; two sisters, Colletta (Robert II) Stroup of Fargo and Audrey Erickson of Beulah; stepmother-in-law, Alice Kessler of Beulah; and many nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews and cousins.
She was preceded in death by her parents; granddaughter, Presley Demester; one sister, Rosetta Weigum; father- and mother-in-law, Otto and Phyllis Kessler; brother-in-law, Delmar Erickson; and nephew, Jeff Erickson.
Funeral Mass: Thursday, May 9, at 10:30 a.m. at the St. Augustine Catholic Church in Fessenden.
Burial: Hillside Cemetery of Fessenden.
Visitation: Today, Wednesday, from 2 to 6 p.m., at the church.
Prayer service: Today, Wednesday, 7 p.m., at the church.
Arrangements with Nelson Funeral Home of Fessenden.
Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting (www.nelsonfuneralhomesnd.com).