Joseph Matthew KESSLER

KESSLER - Joseph Matthew August 12, 1987 - August 8, 2013, Joseph Matthew Kessler came into this world with the sort of serenity most of us can only hope to achieve in a lifetime. He was born on August 12, 1987 at Akron City Hospital, the first child born to his loving parents, Joseph Michael Kessler and Kathy Klug Kessler. Eager to join their big brother, his siblings came barreling out soon after-Jennifer was born just eleven months later, and Sarah and Michael joined in December of 1990. Never one to feel slighted, Joe didn't begrudge his siblings their impatient arrival-instead, he instantly became their protector and guide. The family migrated to Cincinnati shortly after the twins were born. Joe attended Cardinal Pacelli School, where he delighted his friends and teachers with his humble nature and supreme kindness, and where he would continue to watch over his brother and sisters. He went on to attend St. Xavier High School in 2001, followed by University of Pittsburgh and Xavier University. Recently he lived in Toronto, graduating Kikkawa College this past July 3rd as valedictorian of his class. Joe's life unfolded in neighborhoods, halls and homes all across North America, and each city is better for knowing his grace. Joe struggled with epilepsy for the better part of ten years, in battles that would have broken the spirit of a lesser man. Not Joe. His smile grew, his wisdom deepened, and his spirit did not dim, but brightened. Despite the fact that the disease ultimately claimed his body, it is this spirit that will never leave us. Joe is survived by his dear parents, brother and sisters, by his loving grandparents Mark W. Klug and Joyce Nall Klug, and by a great number of aunts, uncles and cousins, all of whom will strive to emulate his contagious laughter and joy. He joins his Uncle Matthew Klug and his grandparents Leo Kessler and Mary Schmall Kessler in peaceful rest and unending love. We will be taking Joe back to Cincinnati to be laid to rest amongst his family. Arrangements by AMIGONE FUNERAL HOME, INC. In lieu of flowers, kindly consider donating to Citizens United for Research in Epilepsy (CURE).

Published in the Buffalo News on Aug. 11, 2013