Mary Ann Kessler, daughter of Wendell and Mary Louise Schaffer, was born on December 2, 1922 in Odessa, SK Canada. She moved to South Dakota in 1927. Upon graduating from Notre Dame Academy, Mary Ann taught in rural schools in Davison and Hanson Counties from 1941 to 1949.
Mary Ann was married to Wilfred Kessler on May 25, 1949 until his death in 2004. They had 5 children, Alice, Jerry, Gene, Mary Lee, and Deanna. They started Kessler Plumbing in 1951 until 1984 when it was sold to their son, Gene and his wife, Jackie.
Mary Ann was an amazing, sweet and giving woman. She loved life and lived it to the fullest. Mary Ann had a great love for sewing, crafts, ceramics and flower arranging. She was a member of the Mitchell Holy Spirit Catholic Church, Altar Society, Catholic Daughters of America, Mitchell Garden Club, Craft Club, the Moose Lodge and the American Legion. She participated in Holiday Arts, taught 4H, ceramics and square dance lessons. In later years, she acquired a passion of collecting jewelry.
Mary Ann was blessed to spend her last year and final days in the home and under the care of her granddaughter, Rachele Maas, her husband David and their 4 children. She enjoyed having her loved ones come visit during her stay.
Mary Ann is survived by her children, Alice Butterfield and husband, Bill, of Lynwood, IL; Gene Kessler and wife Jackie, of Mitchell, SD; Deanna Kessler of Tucson, AZ; one brother, James Schaffer and his wife Doris of Mitchell, SD; two sisters-in-law, Gladys Kessler, Mitchell, SD and Mildred Carstens, St. Peter, MN; one aunt, Florence Mengenhauser of Flandreau, SD; 12 grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Wilfred; her daughter, Mary Lee; her son, Jerry; her parents, Wendell and Mary Louise Schaffer; one brother, Ed Schaffer; and one sister, Dorothy Haiar.