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Gerry L. Hessel

September 13, 1943 — October 5, 2019

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

Gerry was born on September 13, 1943 in Michigan City, IN, to Lewis and Mary (Proll) Seedorf.

On February 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; 5 grandchildren, David (Jessica) VanWanzeele of New Carlisle, Amanda (Jim) Schwingendorf of Rolling Prairie, Scott (Stephanie) VanWanzeele of Rolling Prairie, Elaine (Jared) Sommers of Culver, and Lindsey (Billy) Stevenson of New Carlisle; 11 great-grandchildren; brother, Dallas Seedorf of Michigan City; as well as many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

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.

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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La Porte, IN 46350

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