Barbara Ann Chapin Hesseldenz

Barbara Ann Chapin Hesseldenz


Barbara Ann Chapin Hesseldenz, 88, of Rushville, passed away at her home at 9:42 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2021 surrounded by her loving family.

Barbara was born in Butler, on Oct. 17, 1932 to the late Charles Albert “Hob” and Vesta Viola Marko Chapin.

She married Rev. William “Bill” Hesseldenz on Feb. 15, 1952 at the Carlinville Courthouse. He preceded her in death on Nov. 3, 2009. They were blessed to be married for 57 years.

She was the mother of three children who were very blessed to have a stay-at-home mom and who were raised in Granite City.

Barbara played the organ for several years at Good Shepherd United Methodist Church in Granite City. When she became a pastor’s wife she played the organ and sometimes the piano for many of the churches she and Bill served. She loved to sing duets with her husband and sang in a trio with her sisters Norma Jean and Donna.

Her hobbies were oil painting, sewing, carpentry work, making sock monkeys, baking bread and making stain glass windows, which she made for St. Jacob United Methodist Church. She loved to travel and go camping. Barbara had a great sense of humor and she had a knack for speaking backwards but most of all she loved the Lord and was a member of the Sugar Grove United Methodist Church in Rushville.

Barbara is survived by a daughter, Janice Hesseldenz Cavaness of Highland; a son, Edward Hesseldenz of Rushville; five grandchildren; seven great grandchildren; one great-great grandson; sister Donna (Jerry) Wynn of Rushville; many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by a daughter, Cynthia Louise Hessldenz; and a sister, Norma Jean Chapin Spencer.

Visitation was held on Friday, Feb. 18 at the Worthington Funeral Home in Rushville.

Private funeral services were held at on Saturday, Feb. 20, 2021 at the Sugar Grove United Methodist Church with Rev. Charla Meyers officiating.

Interment was at the New Calvary Cemetery in Carlinville.

Memorials may be given to McDonough District Hospice or Sugar Grove United Methodist Church.

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