Pauline Kessler

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Pauline Augusta Kessler, nee VanLongstratt, 96, of Swansea, IL, born January 5, 1923, in St. Louis, MO, died Friday, April 5, 2019, in Swansea, IL.

Mrs. Kessler was a member of the Christ United Church of Christ.  She belonged to the Southside Improvement Association and to the Illinois Nut Growers Association.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 61 years, Kenneth J. Kessler, whom she married on July 24, 1948, and who died on October 19, 2009; her parents, Henry and Selena, nee Snowert, VanLongstratt; two sisters, Emma Ruckenbrod and Clara Siemons; and one brother, Julius Stoen.

Surviving are two daughters, Janet “Jan” (Jeff) Jones of Rockford, IL, and Sharon (Dale) Woodruff of Millstadt, IL;
two grandchildren, T. Scott Eakins of Rockford, IL, and Angela (Scott) Spencer of Waterloo, IL;
and three great-grandchildren, Kaid Eakins, and Katelyn and Dylan Spencer.

Memorials may be made to Christ United Church of Christ, Belleville, IL.   Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

Visitation:  Friends may visit from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday, April 13, 2019, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL.

Funeral:  Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 13, 2019, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL.

Private burial will be at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, St. Louis, MO.


4 Comments on Pauline Kessler

Debra A Koehler said : Guest Report Apr 29, 2019 at 12:51 AM

Janet and Sharon, so sorry to hear about the loss of your mother. She was always a kind lady to all of us neighborhood kids. You are in our thoughts and prayers Rich and Debra Koehler

  • Leesburg
  • FL
Merry Miller said : Guest Report Apr 13, 2019 at 1:45 AM

RIP Pauline and prayers to her family Merry Miller & Daniel Simunich

  • O'fallon
  • IL
Karen and Vic morris said : Guest Report Apr 13, 2019 at 12:16 AM

Dearest Janet and Sharon So sorry to hear about your dear mother pauline you were so blessed to have such a great mother I remember the good old yimes swimming at stolbergs lake and would get so excited when you all visited I’m sure your dad Kenny has her wrapped in his arms and they are so happy together we will all miss your dear mother may god bless her forever

  • Millstadt
  • Il
Debbie Nobbe said : Guest Report Apr 11, 2019 at 1:19 PM

Sharon so sorry to hear of your Mom's passing please accept my sympathy.

  • IL

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