Virginia J. HESSLER
Peninsula Funeral Home
11144 Warwick Boulevard
Newport News, VA
NEWPORT NEWS - Virginia Jones Hessler, 92, of Newport News, Va., passed away and went into the presence of her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Saturday, June 4, 2011, at St. Francis Nursing Center in Newport News, Va.
Virginia was born on Feb. 16, 1919, in Niles, Ohio, and a resident of the Peninsula for over 60 years. She was also a retired civil servant from the Newport News Shipbuilding, Navy Department and an active member of Orcutt Baptist Church for over 50 years. She was a wonderful mother, grandmother, and a good friend to everyone. She enjoyed spending time with her family, shopping, traveling, reading, playing bridge and bingo, working crossword puzzles and helping others.
Virginia was preceded in death by her husband, Edward Hessler; daughter, Patricia Fox of Poquoson, Va.; parents, Edward and Mabel Jones; brothers, Jim and Darwin; and sisters, Ruth, Catherine and Margie.
To cherish her memory are her daughters, Sandi Williams and husband, Gene of Warren, Mich., Annette Ciesla and husband, Lou of Chicago, Ill., Ruthann Sullivan and husband, Skip of Newport News, Va., Kathy Renz and husband, Tom of Newport News, Va., and Debbie Burcher and husband, Tom of Poquoson, Va.; 14 grandchildren, Karen Garner, Traci Gaines, Michael and Beth Ciesla, Candice Yost, Shannon Meder, Natalie Martin, Aulden Burcher, Kevin Sedgwick, Karen Piesynski, Christina Marsee, Michelle Babbish, Dante and Daniel Williams; 22 great-grandchildren, Britany and Morgan Boyle, Jeffrey and Bryan Gaines, Chase Garner, Hunter Yost, Kylie and Jenna Ciesla, Hayden Meder, Frank Seidita, Erin Buddie, Nicole and Holly Dettmer, Jenna, Jake and Isabella Babbish, and Nathaniel, Gino, Rosalie, Marco, Sophia, and Santino Williams; and six great great-grandchildren, Landon, Tucker and Kayden Boyle, Christopher and Madison Seidita, and Reagan Buddie. She will be deeply missed by all.
The family would like to thank the wonderful staff at St. Francis Nursing Center and The Hidenwood, for their compassionate care.
A funeral service will be conducted at 2 p.m. Wednesday, June 8, 2011, at Peninsula Funeral Home, Newport News, Va., with the Rev. Chris Fowler and the Rev. Ken Trinkle officiating. There will be a reception immediately following the service at the home of Ruthann Sullivan. The interment will be private.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Center for Dementia Research; or your favorite charity.
Arrangements are under the care of Peninsula Funeral Home. View and post condolences on our online guestbook at

Published by Daily Press from Jun. 6 to Jun. 8, 2011.
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To the Hessler Family, David and I knew and loved your mother.She was a beautiful example of a godly mother. She was beautiful inside and out. We enjoyed having her travel on trips with our church group. She will be missed by many people. It was a joy to know her.
David and Loraine Hughes
June 17, 2011
Dear Kathy and family; I just know that your mom is at the Heavenly Bingo table and when one of her numbers is called, I can still hear her quiet little "Yay". Please remember that, "to live in hearts we leave behind is not to die."
Pat Hallett
June 15, 2011
I was sorry to hear this news. "Gran" as I came to call her as well, was such a sweet lady. I know she will be missed by all. Love to you all! Cassi Buys (Friend of Shannon and Natalie)
June 9, 2011
Dear Ruthann, It is so hard to say goodbye to those we love. I pray that you will find joy and comfort in the wonderful memories of the time you shared with your mom on this earth. May God's blessings give you hope and peace and make your grief a little more bearable. Love, Sue Miller Dearnley (Yorktown VA)
June 9, 2011
Annette and Ruthann
I was saddened to learn of your loss.
God bless you during this difficult
Lucy Southall Propst ('63)
Lucy Propst
June 9, 2011
Ruthann, I am sorry to hear of your mother's passing. May God be with you and grant you peace at this time. Jean Poole Burton, NNHS'64
June 8, 2011
Ruthann & Family,

Please accept my deepest condolences on the passing of your mother.

David Spriggs, NNHS 1964
June 8, 2011
Ms. Hessler was an example of class and sweetness. It was a joy and privilege to know her.
Rev. Stanley Turnbull
June 8, 2011
I was sorry to learn of your mothers passing. She was such a gracious woman. it was always a pleasure to see her. My thoughts and prayers are with you, your familly and sisters.
Mike Bednarik
June 8, 2011
Kathy, I know your mother appreciated ALL that you did for her. I'm sorry I won't be able to attend the funeral, but I'm thinking of you. Martha Gustin Dodson
June 7, 2011
Dear Anne & Lou we are so sorry for the loss of your mother. not knowing your mom i am sure she was a great person if she was like you. we love you Dan & Beth Ducaj.
Dan & Beth Ducaj
June 6, 2011
Debbie, Tom & Aulden, Larry and I are so sorry for the loss of your mother, mother-in-law and grandmother.
Larry & Debbie Beam
June 6, 2011
Dear Ruthann and Family

I am so sorry for the loss of you mother. May the love of friends and family carry you through your grief. Our thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort.

Love, Pam and Greg
Greg Lawson
June 6, 2011
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