L. Kessler

Bethalto |

L. Florence Kessler, 89, passed away at 10:40 pm on Sunday, November 8, 2009 at Alton Memorial Hospital in Alton.

She was born on December 29, 1919 in Leon, Iowa, the daughter of Chester O. & Laura Lee (Henderson) Smith.

She married Gerald A. Kessler on February 16, 1957 in Ferguson Missouri. He passed away on November 30, 2006.

She was a school bus driver for the Alton School District for 6 years. She was a member of Zion Lutheran Church in Bethalto. She was a Sunday School teacher and Superintendent at Zion and also Emmaus Lutheran Church. Florence was a member of the American Legion Ladies Auxiliary and Eastern Star. She loved taking care of her grandchildren.

She is survived by her two daughters and a son-in-law, Donna & Donald Gottlob of Bethalto and Linda Thery & her soul mate, Perry Douglas of East Alton; five grandchildren, Julie, Ashlie & Mackenzie Gottlob, Jason Thery and Lenna Douglas and two great grandchildren, Chaise & Saddie Plan.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband and a sister, Virginia Smee.

Visitation will be from 4 pm to 8 pm on Thursday, November 12, 2009 at Elias, Kallal & Schaaf Funeral Home in Bethalto. Funeral services will be at 11 am on Friday, November 13, 2009 at Zion Lutheran Church in Bethalto with Rev. Mark Hofferber and Rev. Dan Decker officiating.

Burial will follow at Rose Lawn Memory Gardens in Bethalto.

Memorials may be given to Zion Lutheran Church.

An online condolence and guest book may be found at

Obit Provided By:
Elias, Kallal & Schaaf Funeral Home

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