Louella B. (Barnes) Kessler

Born: Sun., Apr. 11, 1920
Died: Wed., Mar. 13, 2013


10:00 AM to 11:00 AM, Mon., Mar. 18, 2013
Location: Dean W. Kriner, Inc. Funeral Home & Cremation Service, 325 Market Street, Bloomsburg, PA 17815

Memorial Service

11:00 AM Mon., Mar. 18, 2013
Location: Dean W. Kriner, Inc. Funeral Home & Cremation Service, 325 Market Street, Bloomsburg, PA 17815

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Louella B. Kessler, age 92, 1 Lenox Drive, Selinsgrove, died at 3:10 p. m. Wednesday, March 13, 2013 in the emergency room of the Evangelical Community Hospital, Lewisburg. She was in ill health for the past month.

Born in Mt. Carmel on April 11, 1920, she was a daughter of the late Lewis G. and Anna (Stefanski) Barnes. She resided in Selinsgrove for the past 27 years and previously in Bloomsburg from 1946 to 1985. She attended the former Ralpho Township Schools, Elysburg.

Louella was employed at the former Columbia Silk Mill, Bloomsburg from 1946 until she retired in 1982

She served with the Women’s Army Corps during World War II and was a member of the Catawissa American Legion Post..

Louella served as a foster parent at the former Jackson-Penn Elementary School, Selinsgrove for 20 years. She enjoyed reading Mary Higgins Clark books, doing crossword puzzles and playing cards.

She was preceded in death by three brothers: Lewis Barnes in 1943; Thomas Barnes in 1992; Harry Barnes in 2000; by three sisters: Alice Barnes in 1925; Rita Barnes in 1931; Margaret Girton in 2008; and by a son-in-law, John Bratton in February, 2008.

Surviving are two daughters: Glenda L. Bratton, Bloomsburg (Espy) and Debra A. Kessler, with whom she resided in Selinsgrove; two grandsons: Curtis A. Bratton and Michael J. Bratton, both of Bloomsburg; four brothers: Charles Barnes, and his wife Charmaine, Hegins; Raymond E. Barnes, and his wife Debra and Ralph J. Barnes, Catawissa; Alvin J. Barnes, and his wife Patricia, Dover, Del; three sisters: Jean M. Steward, Berwick; Nancy, wife of Ronald Long, Catawissa; and Mary K., wife of Walter Makowski, Elysburg.

Funeral services will be held on Monday at 11 a. m. in the Dean W. Kriner, Inc., Funeral Home & Cremation Service, 325 Market St., Bloomsburg, with the Rev. Gordon E. Smith, pastor of St. John Lutheran Church, Espy, officiating. Interment with full military honors by the Catawissa VFW group in New Rosemont Cemetery, Espy. The family will receive friends from 10 - 11 a. m.

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janet marino
   Posted Fri March 15, 2013
I am so sorry for the loss of your Mother. My prayers and thoughts are with her, you and your family.

Jeanne M. Girton
   Posted Sat March 16, 2013
Wish to express my deep heart-felt sympathy to Daughters, Glenda and Debbie for the loss of their Mother Louella Kessler and my wonderful Aunt. She will be missed.

Barbara Conrad Fry
   Posted Sat March 16, 2013
I wanted to send my condolences after reading about your Mom's passing..I have many memories of you both and her and it seems to me she was always ironing when I was at your house? lol I never forgot how she called me when my Dad passed away in 1985..sounds like she lived a full and happy life. Also Glenda was sad to see you had lost your husband too..my prayers and thoughts are with you both at this time. Sincerely, Barbara Conrad Fry.

Louise Hess daughter of Lois Kessler Hess & Family
   Posted Sun March 17, 2013
Very sorry for the loss of your Mother.

Lisa Barnes
   Posted Sun March 17, 2013
Glenda and Debbie, my prayers are with you as you move through this sorrowful time. Aunt Louella was always so sweet and kind. She will be missed.

Peace be with you!

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