Pearl C. Kessinger, 87

Pearl C. Kessinger, 87

Pearl C. Kessinger, 87, of Edwardsville passed away at 1:45 a.m., Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2015, at Rosewood Care Center in Edwardsville.

She was born Oct. 19, 1928, in Carlinville, a daughter of the late Albert and Georgia Lucille (Hunter) Spangler. She married Frank F. Kessinger on Feb. 3, 1949, in Carlinville; he survives.

Mrs. Kessinger had worked with Chestnut Health Services as a secretary and had also worked at the College Avenue Market in Alton and Mrs. Siebold’s Bakery in Edwardsville. She had also served others through the years as a beautician and enjoyed bringing in girls with special needs to help cut and style their hair. She volunteered with the Anderson Hospital Auxiliary, working in the gift shop; helped teach reading at the Edwardsville Library; and was active with the Girl Scouts through the years. She enjoyed knitting and playing bridge.

In addition to her husband, surviving are a daughter and son-in-law, Brenda and Lonnie Kovarick of Maryville; a son and daughter-in-law, Kevin and Jean Kessinger of Mt. Juliet, Tenn.; nine grandchildren and spouses, Julie and David Emmerich, Stacy and Mike Dickerman, Kristy and Chad Carey, Lindsey and Rob Craft, Kiley and Eric Skaggs, Justin and Rachel Kessinger, Lauren Kessinger, Sara Kessinger and fiancé Justin Rosenbaum, and Leslie Kessinger; 10 great-grandchildren and a spouse, Dustin Emmerich, Dakota and Sadie Carey, Mikayla Carey, Dawson Carey, Austin Dickerman, Spencer Dickerman, Parker Craft, Shelby Craft, Logan Kessinger and John Cash Kessinger; a brother, Terry Spangler; and many nieces, nephews, other extended family and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; two brothers, Lee Spangler and Albert “Bud” Spangler; and two sisters, Linda Gibbs and Helen Fones.

Visitation was held from 5-8 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 10, at Irwin Chapel in Glen Carbon. Funeral services were held at 10 a.m., Friday, Dec. 11, at the chapel, with Rev. James Brooks officiating. Burial was at Buck Road Cemetery, Maryville.

Memorials may be made to the Anderson Hospital Auxiliary and may be accepted at the funeral home.

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