1925 ~ Viola Kessler ~ 2020
Viola Kessler of Medicine Hat passed away on Sunday, July 26, 2020 at the age of 94 years, beloved wife of the late Al Kessler. She leaves to cherish her memory her three children, Glenn (Carol) Kessler, Debbie (Lyle) Garrecht and Dale Kessler; six grandchildren, Gregg (Lisa) Kessler, Bryan (Kristine) Kessler, Amanda (Donovan) Nunweiler, Aaron Ulrich, Erik Kessler and Christopher Kessler (Melissa Neurauter); five great grandchildren, Emerie and Harper Kessler, Josh, Kai, and Anna Nunweiler; two sisters, Doreen Macdonald and Florence (Joe) Preston; four sisters-in-law, Marion (Art) Rieger, Vicki Oberhammer, Annabelle (Phil) Marchant and Emily Kessler; one brother-in-law, Mel Oerlemans and numerous nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her parents, Christian and Bertha Deg; her husband Al on April 24, 2008; two sisters, Laura Day-Cooke and Ella McFarlane; one sister in infancy and other loving family members. Vi was born on August 9, 1925 at her parents’ farm in the Graburn area south of Walsh. She was the third child in a family of five girls. Her mom and dad did plenty of moving with stops in Irvine, Medicine Hat and finally to a farm in the Bowell district. She and Dad were married in a double ring ceremony along with her sister Ella (Gordon) McFarlane on August 14, 1948. During WW2 Mom and her dear friend Dora Brink worked at Medalta Potteries in the glaze room with artist Thomas Hulme. About 10 years ago Mom & Dora were interviewed by Ron Mason and he wrote a song (Colourful Years) about their friendship. She was very proud of that. She was a stay at home mom, never drove a car but was a pro on the transit system. She was a super mom, meticulous homemaker, and an excellent cook. Family gatherings were her specialty. Dad’s enormous garden added to her workload. Mom was an excellent seamstress. She sewed clothes and did alterations for her children, grandchildren and friends including Barbie outfits, baby clothes and bonnets. She also enjoyed knitting, spending many hours visiting with her mother in the evenings. Mom was also an avid reader until her eyesight began to fail. In her eighties she became a caregiver for Dad. When dad passed away in 2008, mom moved to Norwood Grande where she enjoyed 11 years of independent living. She was very happy to reunite with old friends and form new friendships. This past November she was fortunate to have an opportunity to live at Masterpiece Southlands where she resided until her passing. Our family would like to thank all the staff for the great care and love that they provided, especially in these last four months. Mom was so proud of her grandchildren and great grandchildren and loved visits and hugs from her family. Birthday, anniversary and Christmas cards always included a little spending money. She had an excellent memory right up to the end. Mom would always say “At least I still have all my marbles.” As per her wishes, a private graveside service will take place at a later date. Those who wish to remember Vi with a donation, may do so to the Ronald McDonald House in Medicine Hat (rmhcalberta.org/donation/financial-gifts/Select Medicine Hat House). To e-mail an expression of sympathy, please direct it to: email@example.com subject heading: Viola Kessler.