Gerry Hessel, 1943-2019

Gerry L. Hessel, 76, passed away Saturday, Oct. 5, 2019, at her home.

She was born Sept. 13, 1943, in Michigan City, IN, to Lewis and Mary (Proll) Seedorf.

Gerry worked in floral delivery for The Village Florist for 35 years.  She was a member of  Hudson Lake Church of Christ. Most importantly, Gerry enjoyed spending time with friends and family.

On Feb. 10, 1962, in Michigan City, she married Philip Hessel, who survives.

Also surviving are her children, Penny (Mike) VanWanzeele and Rusty (Debbie) Hessel, all of New Carlisle, IN; 5 grandchildren, David (Jessica) VanWanzeele of New Carlisle, Amanda (Jim) Schwingendorf of Rolling Prairie, IN, Scott (Stephanie) VanWanzeele of Rolling Prairie, Elaine (Jared) Sommers of Culver, IN, and Lindsey (Billy) Stevenson of New Carlisle; 11 great-grandchildren; brother, Dallas Seedorf of Michigan City; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

Cremation has taken place with Cutler Funeral Home and Cremation Center, La Porte. A private family service will take place at a later date.

Memorial contributions may be directed to the Center for Hospice Care, 501 Comfort Place, Mishawaka, IN 46545.

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