George Herman Kessler Jr. (1934 - 2012)

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George Herman Kessler, Jr., 77, of Winchester, Virginia, died Monday, July 30, 2012, in Winchester Medical Center.

Dr. Kessler was born in 1934, in Utica, New York, the son of the late George Herman and Helen (Goetz) Kessler, Sr.

George was a high school graduate of Holland Patent Central School Class of 1952. He then received his Bachelors degree from the University of Rochester where he was a member of Alpha Delta Phi. Dr. Kessler continued his education obtaining his MD from Johns Hopkins School of Medicine where he was Phi Beta Kappa. He was a Veteran having served as a Captain in the United States Air Force. Dr. George Kessler was employed as a Gastroenterologist, practicing in Winchester and retiring in 1996. He was a member of First Presbyterian Church in Winchester. George had many great passions in his life including golfing, skiing, tennis, sailing, gardening and photography. He was also an avid runner.

He married Barbara Edwards on September 1, 1956, in Holland Patent, New York.

Surviving with his wife is his daughter, Christa Shifflett and her husband Ray of Winchester; son, George H. Kessler, III of Duluth, Minnesota; five grandchildren, Erica and Zach Shifflett, Molly, Anna and George Kessler IV; three sisters, Shirley Opper and husband Jack of Rome, New York, Caroline Roberts and Diane Spear, both of Holland Patent, New York.

One brother, James Kessler, preceded him in death.

A graveside service will be conducted at 10:00 a.m. on Friday at Mount Hebron Cemetery. A funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m. at First Presbyterian Church with Reverend Rich Reifsnyder officiating.

The family will receive friends on Thursday evening from 6:00-8:00 p.m. at Omps Funeral Home, Amherst Chapel.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to C-CAP, P.O. Box 2112, Winchester, Virginia 22604 or Winchester Free Medical Clinic, 301 North Cameron Street, Suite 100, Winchester, Virginia 22601.

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Published in Northern Virginia Daily from July 31 to Aug. 1, 2012
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