Sharon L. Kessler
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Age 57, of Canton, went home to be with the Lord after a courageous battle with cancer, on Wednesday at Aultman Hospital. She was born in Canton, a daughter of Stanley and Elizabeth Popa Fasnacht, of St. Petersburg, Fla., and had been a life resident. Sharon was a 1970 graduate of Perry High School, and a 1974 graduate of Kent State University, with a Bachelor of Science in Education, and where she was a four-year gymnast, and went to the NCAA National Championships. She also received her Masters Degree in Curriculum & Instruction from Ashland University. Sharon was a Phys. Ed and Science teacher at Lakewood High School, Sandy Valley High School, and Plain Local Schools, at Pleasant View, Middlebranch, and Glenoak High School. During the last several years, Sharon became an avid and accomplished golfer. She was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church. She loved volunteering her time at Trinity Lutheran Soup Kitchen. She also continuously shared her strength with other cancer survivors as she endured her own battle with cancer.
Surviving besides her parents is her husband, Craig P. Kessler, with whom she celebrated their 36th Wedding Anniversary on June 9; two daughters and a son-in-law, Tiffany Kessler and her fiancé, Josh Grimsley, of Canton, and Trisha and Richard Constantine, of Greenville, S.C.; one brother, Brian Fasnacht, of Palm Harbor, Fla.; her mother-in-law, Louise Kessler, of North Canton; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, David and Sue Kessler, of Columbus, and Brad and Margot Kessler, of North Canton; nieces Hillary, Allison, Amanda, and Sarah, and nephew, Amery; also her beloved dog, Shelby, and cat, Lucky.
A PRIVATE SERVICE for her family will be held on Saturday at Sharon's church with Pastor Darla Ann Kratzer officiating. Interment in North Lawn Cemetery. Friends may call Friday 5-8 p.m. at the Formet-Clevenger & Gordon Funeral Home. The family wishes to express their appreciation and special thank you to Pastor Darla Ann Kratzer, Dr. Barbara Volk, Dr. Michael Hopkins, Dr. Steven Grossman, Dr. Dina Rooney of Tri-County Oncology, Aultman Palliative Care Unit Nurses, Aultman Memorial Four North Nurses, and Aultman 6th Floor Nurses. They also would like to thank their family and friends for their love and support during this difficult time. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Sharon's memory may be made to the
or the Soup Kitchen of Trinity Lutheran Church, 415 W. Tusc. St., Canton, OH 44702.
Formet-Clevenger & Gordon Funeral Home
1803 Cleveland Avenue NW Canton, OH 44709
Published in The Repository on Oct. 22, 2009