MADISON — Della Faye Kessler, age 79, formerly of University Drive, Geneva-on-the-Lake, passed away Saturday, Feb. 15, 2014, at The Lantern of Madison Assisted Living.
She was born Nov. 26, 1934, in Wise County, Va., the daughter of Charles and Clara (Payne) Brummitt and had been a resident of Geneva and Saybrook Township most of her life.
In her younger years, she worked as a winder and machine operator for Industrial Rayon, but primarily was a homemaker.
A member of the Pentecostal Church of God, she was strong in her faith.
Della was a concerned citizen of Geneva-on-the-Lake where she had served as a secretary and treasurer as well as on the Board of Zoning Appeals.
She was very proud to have earned her United States Air Force wings for her completing her Observer training course and being qualified as a volunteer member of the ground observer corps of the air defense command. She also loved roses and flowers of all kinds.
Her survivors include her husband, Merle Kessler Sr. whom she married Sept. 8, 1969; three sons, John Brummit of Michigan, Harold Thomas Brummitt of Youngstown and Merle (Tamara) Kessler Jr. of Perry; one step-daughter, Wanetta Nichols of Meadville, Pa.; 20 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; one brother, Harry (Janet) Brummitt of Florida; two sisters, Virginia (Ronald) Carter of South Carolina and Ella May (Cyrus) Shipman of Painesville; and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by two twin step-daughters, Bonnetta Grear and April Hennessey; five brothers, Earl, Burlie, Virgil, Bernus and Jerry Brummitt; two sisters, Ovella Vencill and Delilah J. Brummitt; and her parents.
Calling Hours will be held from 5 to 8 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 18th, at DUCRO FUNERAL SERVICES AND CREMATORY, 4524 Elm Ave., Ashtabula.
A Service will be held 11 a.m., Wednesday, Feb. 19th, at the Funeral Home, with the Rev. Kenneth Roberts, Pastor of the Pentecostal Church of God, officiating. Burial will be in Saybrook Cemetery.
Contributions may be made to Hospice of the Western Reserve, 1166 Lake Ave., Ashtabula, Ohio 44004.
Obituary at www.ducro.com and starbeacon.com.