LaRue R. Kessler
LaRue R. Kessler,88, of Altoona and formerly of Sandy Ridge, died Friday, April 28, 2017, at Maybrook Hills Rehabilitation and Health Care Center, Altoona.
Born March 16, 1929, in Sandy Ridge, she was a daughter of Ernest and Bernice (Boyer) Reese, whom both preceded her in death.
LaRue was a 1947 graduate of the former Philipsburg High School.
She was retired from the dietary department at the former Philipsburg State General Hospital. Prior to her service at the hospital, she was employed as a switchboard operator with Bell Telephone and then with Viceroy, formerly of Osceola Mills.
LaRue was a member of St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, Sandy Ridge. She was a dedicated volunteer to both her church and the Mountain Top Fire Co. Ladies Auxiliary. Also, she had been a volunteer with the former Philipsburg State General Hospital Auxiliary during her retirement.
She enjoyed a number of activities, including: reading, flower gardening and quilting.
LaRue was married on August 1, 1953, in Philipsburg, to Roland S. “Pat” Kessler, whom preceded her in death on November 30, 1997.
She was also preceded in death by two sisters, Marietta Johnson and Lane Dixon; and five brothers: Horace, Jack, Robert, Franklin and Donald Reese.
She is survived by one daughter, Cynthia Yingling and her husband, David, of York; one son, William P. Kessler and his wife, Kimberly, of Altoona; four grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; two brothers, Charles Reese and his wife, Peggy, of Glen Mills and Walter Reese and his wife, Patty, of Dallastown; one sister-in-law, Kay Reese, of Martinsburg; and one brother-in-law, William Johnson, of Erie.
Visitation will be on Monday, May 1, 2017, from 2 to 4 pm and 6 to 8 pm at the Beezer-Heath Funeral Home, 719 E. Spruce Street, Philipsburg.
Interment will be in Philipsburg Cemetery.
A memorial service will be held Saturday, May 20, 2017, at 11:00 am at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, Sandy Ridge, with Pastor Jennifer Heikes, Officiating.
Memorial contributions may be made in LaRue’s memory to St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 3, Sandy Ridge, Pa 16677.