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Charlene Jeanette (Kneisley) Kesling

November 2, 1931 — January 31, 2023

Charlene Jeanette Kesling, 91, of La Porte, passed away on Tuesday, January 31, 2023 at her home, surrounded by her family.

Charlene was born on November 2, 1931 in La Porte, IN, to Harold and Virginia (Ordun) Kneisley.

On September 4, 1954 in La Porte, IN, she married Dr. Peter C. Kesling, who preceded her in death on July 25, 2022.  Surviving Charlene are her sons, Dr. Christopher K. (Tami) Kesling of La Porte and Andrew C. Kesling of Union Pier, MI; grandchildren, Abigail L. Kesling of Mishawaka, Hannah E. (Jim) Kesling Post of La Porte, Halley A. (Erik) Kesling Umbrasas of New Buffalo, MI, Katelyn R. (Troy) Kesling Smith of Bridgman MI, Austen C. (Raegan) Kesling of Valparaiso, Chloe J. Kesling of La Porte, and William K. (Julia) Kesling of Los Angeles CA; great-grandchildren, Adella Keener, Breccan Keener, Langley Smith, Willow Post, Story Smith, and Monroe Kesling; sisters, Karen Kneisley Danser of La Porte and Diane Kneisley Keenan of Dallas, TX; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; son, Adam Winslow Kesling; daughter, Emily Ann Kesling; granddaughter, Lindsey O'Brien Kesling; grandson, Calvin Kesling; sister, Sally Allgood; and half-brother, Dennis Henderlong.

Charlene's first love was her family.  She was involved in numerous activities and groups.  Charlene was a member of the Questers, La Porte Service League, and the La Porte County Historical Society.

A Private Celebration of Life Service will be held at Cutler Funeral Home and Cremation Center.  Burial will follow at Pine Lake Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to LOK Wishing Tree Foundation, c/o Unity Foundation of La Porte County, 422 Franklin St., Suite C, Michigan City, IN 46360 or the La Porte County Historical Society, 2405 Indiana Ave., Suite 1, La Porte, IN 46350.

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