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James F. Gessner

1947 - 2013 Obituary Condolences
James F. Gessner Obituary
MONTGOMERY, Ill. - James F. Gessner, 65, of Montgomery passed away on Oct. 26, 2013. He was born Dec. 7, 1947, in Hornell, N.Y.

Jim married his high school sweetheart Marian Pratt on June 14, 1969, and they spent the next 44 years together. He was a graduate of Hornell High School and received his associate degree from Alfred State University. He was in the 3rd/22 battalion of the 25thInfantry division in the Vietnam War and as a result, was awarded the Bronze Star of Valor and the Purple Heart.

Earlier in Jim's life, he was an active member of the Moose, becoming a two-time International Ritual Champion in the Loyal Order of Moose Enrollment Ceremony and is a lifetime Moose member of Lodge 210 in Hornell. He was also a member of the Montgomery Veterans of Foreign Wars Post and St. Anne Catholic Church, Oswego, where he served as head of Lector Ministry for 12 years. Jim was a devoted football fan of Oswego Panthers and Fighting Irish of Notre Dame.

Jim began his career at Foster Wheeler Energy Corp in Dansville, N.Y. With his Moose experience he was asked to join Moose International, Mooseheart IL as the assistant general governor. He later spent 20 years self-employed in the recycling industry. The job he most enjoyed was in the last year as a building engineer of Oswego School District 308.

He is survived by his wife, Marian; two daughters, Kristen Gessner of Montgomery, and Andrea (Bill) Hatzinger of Montgomery; two grandchildren he loved dearly, Ross and Payton Hatzinger; mother, Betty Gessner of Hornell; a sister, Debra (David) Dupont of Dansville; a brother, Robert (Margo) Gessner of Arkport, N.Y.; along with nieces and nephews around the country.

Jim was preceded in death by his father, Fred Gessner and infant son, Christopher Gessner.

A gathering of family and friends wil be held on Tuesday (Oct. 29, 2013) from 4-8 p.m. at the Dunn Family Funeral Home with crematory at 1801 Douglas Road, Oswego, Ill.

Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. on Wednesday (Oct. 30, 2013) at St. Anne Catholic Church, 551 Boulder Hill Pass Oswego, Ill. Memorials can be made to the St. Anne Catholic Church Youth Ministry Program, P.O. Box 670  Oswego, IL 60543.

The family would like to extend their thanks to Dr. John Palmer, Dr. Wailam Kwok and Dr. Navinchandra Dodhia and the Dreyer Cardiology Clinic for the wonderful care Jim received during his prolonged illness. Thanks also go out to the VITAS Hospice for their gentle, tender care during his final week.

For additional information, call 630-554-3888 or visit www.dunnfamilyfuneralhome.com.
Published in Hornell Evening Tribune on Oct. 29, 2013
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