Jeraldine Kessler

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Jeraldine A. “Jerri” Kessler, nee Fix, 92, a longtime resident of Freeburg, IL, born November 1, 1928, in St. Louis, MO, died Tuesday, September 7, 2021, at Brightly Assisted Living, Mascoutah, IL.

Mrs. Kessler retired from E.M. Wiegmann & Co., where she worked for 27 years.  She was a member St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, the Freeburg Women’s Club, and the Homemakers Education & Community. Jerri volunteered at the Freeburg Food & Clothing Bank and the Freeburg Library.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Donald W. Kessler, whom she married on August 8, 1950, and died on March 19, 1987; her parents, William and Gertrude, nee Regan, Fix; her father-in-law and mother-in-law, Walter and Ethel Kessler; a brother-in-law, Ernie Kuhn; and a sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Marlene and Paul “Kelly” Gross.

Surviving are three sons and a daughter, Richard (Linda) Kessler of Freeburg, IL, Ronald (Maria Jose) Kessler of Valencia, Spain, Don Joseph “Joe” (Tracy) Kessler, of Freeburg, IL, and Jane (Gary) Bruehl of Smithton, IL; nine grandchildren, Kristine (Brian) Kimmle, Bryan (Amanda) Kessler, Peter (Shari) Kessler, Anthony Kessler, Patrick (Gloria) Kessler, Katie (Joe) Ziemianski, Emily Kessler, Justin (Amanda) Bruehl, and Dan (Courtney) Bruehl; ten great-grandchildren, Ava, Gavin, and Vance Kimmle, Gabe, Viktor, Raegan, and Sam Kessler, Morgan Kessler, Sophie Ziemianski, and Jase Bruehl; a sister, Wilma Kuhn of New Baden, IL; nieces and nephews, Julia (Hank) Huff, Tom (Tracy) Kuhn, Tyann Gross, Paula Gross, Susan (Dave) Elmore, and Jennifer Gross; and many friends.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials may be made in the form of mass offerings or to Family Hospice.  Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

Visitation:  Friends may visit from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday, September 18, 2021, at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, Freeburg, IL.  Standard CDC guidelines will be followed, including masks and social distancing.

Funeral:  A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, September 18, 2021, at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, Freeburg, IL, with Fr. Von Deeke officiating, and Deacon Corby Valentine.

A private family burial will be held at St. Joseph’s Catholic Cemetery, Freeburg, IL.


11 Comments on Jeraldine Kessler

Cindy & Kevin Schilling said : Guest Report Sep 25, 2021 at 8:03 PM

We pray you all find comfort knowing how greatly loved & admired Jerri was not only by her wonderful family but the community. Always a smile with her gentle manner. An amazing women with a wonderful family. God Bless.

  • Brisbane
  • QLD, Australia
Beth & Barry Hennessy said : Guest Report Sep 23, 2021 at 9:18 PM

We are so sorry to hear of your family’s loss of such an amazing matriarch. I will never forget how much help she was to me after our son Kevin was born. Our hearts and prayers are with all of you as I know she will be greatly missed.

  • Fort Branch
  • IN
Christine Niebruegge said : Guest Report Sep 18, 2021 at 12:19 PM

I just found out about Jeri I'm glad she's at rest now. I loved your mom she was Lady Kessler. Had such a good time with her while growing up and beyond. She was a sweet lady . Lot's of good times with "Miter & Lady Love you guys Chris and Craig

  • Mountain Home
  • Ar
Peggy (Kessler) Emery said : Guest Report Sep 17, 2021 at 2:24 PM

My deepest sympathy Jerri’s death. Sorry I can’t make it for visitation but wanted all of you know I loved visiting with Jerri at her home. She was so fun to talk to. At least she is with Don now and at peace. Love you all!

  • Freeburg
  • Illinois
Scott Huwer said : Guest Report Sep 17, 2021 at 10:08 AM

Our deepest sympathy to all of the Kessler family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Love, Scott and Dottie

  • Freeburg
  • IL
Carol Brauer said : Guest Report Sep 16, 2021 at 4:46 PM

My deepest sympathy to you all. I enjoyed working with Jerri at Wiegmann’s and talking with her about her family. God Bless 🙏

  • Belleville
  • IL
Phil & Lauren Borger said : Guest Report Sep 15, 2021 at 11:32 PM

Rick & Linda, we’re so sad to hear about Jeri. What a sweet lady she was. Always smiling. I know she will be terribly missed. Our hearts go out to you, your kids & your grandkids. May God bless & comfort you during this time.

  • Freeburg
  • Ill
Leroy Gerstenecker said : Guest Report Sep 15, 2021 at 8:32 AM

Michelle and Leroy send our Condolence to the Kessler Family.

  • MO
Virgil Oeltjen said : Guest Report Sep 15, 2021 at 8:08 AM

The loss of your family’s greatest person will sadly missed. Her warmth and friendliness will be missed very much. My condolences to you Gary and Jane And your family. Love Jan and Virgil

  • Cereal Springs
  • Illinois
Lisa Gaines said : Guest Report Sep 09, 2021 at 2:10 PM

I got the opportunity to assist Jeri at Brightly while she lived there. She was an amazing lady. I remember playing bingo with the residents and she enjoyed it so much. She also enjoyed her walks around the building. I am so sorry for her families loss. May you Rest In Peace.

  • Shiloh
  • Illinois
Wilma kuhn said : Guest Report Sep 08, 2021 at 6:02 PM

May GOD be with all of you and your MOM look down from her heavenly home and PRAY far all of you.

  • New Baden
  • Il

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