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HELEN J. KESSLER, 78, passed away on Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2011, at her home. She was a member of St. Jude Catholic Church and the John Chapman Kiwanis Club. She was a Realtor for Century 21, retiring in 1994. She was a loving caregiver to her family and friends. She was very active in multiple organizations that served the community. Surviving are her husband of 56 years, Joseph W. Kessler Sr. of Fort Wayne; daughter, Elizabeth (Norb) Nagel of Fort Wayne, sons, Joseph (Deb) Kessler Jr. and Phillip (Donna) Kessler, both of Fort Wayne; five grandchildren; one great-grandson; and sisters, Phyllis Smola of Ludlow, Mass. and Lorraine (Harry) Madsen of Wall, N.J. She was preceded in death by parents, Joseph and Mary Smola; and brothers, Joseph and Robert Smola. Mass of Christian Burial is 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 26, 2011, at St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church, with calling one hour prior Fr. Thomas Shoemaker officiating. Calling also from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 25, 2011 , at D.O. McComb & Sons Maplewood Park Funeral Home, 4017 Maplecrest Road, with a Vigil service at 7:30 p.m. Burial in Catholic Cemetery, Fort Wayne. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Jude Catholic School or Parkview Home Health & Hospice. To sign the online guestbook, visit

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D.O. McComb & Sons Funeral Homes - Maplewood Park
4017 Maplecrest Road Ft. Wayne, IN 46815
(260) 426-9494
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Published in Fort Wayne Newspapers on Nov. 23, 2011