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Marian Elizabeth Kessler


Marian Elizabeth Kessler, 92, of Macomb, formerly of Vermont for over 50 years, died at 9:17 p.m. Monday, Aug., 24, 2009, at McDonough District Hospital, Macomb.


She was born Sept. 1, 1916, in Oregon, Ill. to Charles Delbert and Elizabeth Jane (Mayo) Bachman. She married Kenneth Cameron "Casey" Kessler on Dec. 28, 1940 in Maquoketa, Iowa. In 1946 he founded the Ken-Ray Foundry in Vermont and he preceded her in death on May 19, 1986. They also operated Casey's Recreation in Vermont for several years.

She was also preceded in death by her parents and four brothers, Irwin, Lyndon, William and Donald Bachman.

She was survived by four children, Peggyann (Dick Flanagan) Thorne, Summerfield, Fla., Max Kessler, Rockford, Beth (Norm) Ricca, Peoria, and Kathy (John) Marshall, Ipava; one brother, Russell Bachman, Rockford; sisters-in-law, Evelyn Bachman and Eva Jean Bachman, both of Winnebago; nine grandchildren, Tracey (Del) Pacheco, Galesburg, Desirae Thorne, Galesburg, Cameron Thorne, Clearwater, Fla., Adam Kessler, Grand Rapids, Mich., Kasey (Adam) Morgenstern, Machesney Park, Kyle (Jen) Marshall, Divernon, Aaron (Nikki) Marshall, Franklin, Kelly (David) Hendricks, Redgranite, Wisc., and Mike (Jen) Flanagan, Malone, Wisc.; 17 great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren.

Marian was a member of the Vermont Christian Church, Order of Eastern Star, Vermont American Legion Auxiliary, and the Decorative Painters Society. She was very active and independent until her recent illness, participating in weekly card clubs and breakfast clubs with her many friends. She was a skilled crafter, including oil painting, stained glass and pysanky eggs. She also supported special projects at VIT schools. Always a willing traveler, she visited such places as China, Australia, Europe, England, Mexico, Holland and the Panama Canal.

Family, friends and acquaintances are invited to a celebration of her life from 12:30-2 p.m., Friday Aug. 28, 2009 at the Vermont Christian Church (Annex), 100 W. 3rd St., Vermont.

Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. in the church with Tim Gilliland officiating.

Burial will follow at Vermont Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to her church or VIT School District to support special projects.

Dodsworth-Piper-Wallen Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. An online guest book is available at

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