Helen Frances Kessel

December 22, 1927 - May 09, 2017

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Friday, May 12, 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Young Family Funeral Home, Kendallville Chapel


Friday, May 12, 5:00 PM
Young Family Funeral Home, Kendallville Chapel


Helen Frances Kessel, 89, of Kendallville died Tuesday, May 9, 2017, at 3:40 a.m. in Parkview Noble Hospital, Kendallville.

She was born December 22, 1927, in Sampson County, North Carolina, to Dallie and Avaniel “Monk” (Green) Johnson.

On February 28, 1947, in Wilmington, North Carolina, she married Harry Kessel. He preceded her in death in February, 2007.

Mrs. Kessel had lived in this area since 1994, coming from Fort Wayne.

She had worked at Covington Manor Nursing Home in Fort Wayne for ten years and was a homemaker.

She attended the First Christian Church in Kendallville and was a member of the Anthony Wayne First Church of God in Fort Wayne. She was also a member of the Red Hat Society and area quilting clubs.

Helen enjoyed sewing, quilting, crafts, and cake decorating. She dearly loved her dogs.

Surviving are a daughter, Barbara (Larry) Wolf of Avilla; two sons, Edward G. (Margo) Kessel of Christmas, Michigan, and David (Rhonda) Kessel of Kendallville; eight grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; two sisters, Justine Lee of North Carolina and Mary Dixie Ginn of Virginia; and three brothers, Ray Johnson of Raleigh, North Carolina, Donnie Johnson of Goldsboro, North Carolina, and Marshall Johnson of Clinton, North Carolina.

She was also preceded in death by a daughter, Susan Marie Kessel; three sisters, Edna Ruth Moss, Grace Edwards, and Eva Pearl Johnson; and four brothers, Billy Johnson, Milton Lee Johnson, Mossett Johnson, and Robert Johnson.

Funeral services will be Friday, May 12, 2017, at 5 p.m. with calling from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Young Family Funeral Home, Kendallville Chapel, 222 South State Street, Kendallville with the Rev. Dr. Thomas Clothier of First Christian Church in Kendallville officiating. Burial will be in Greenlawn Cemetery in Fort Wayne on Saturday morning.

Preferred memorials are to the Alzheimer’s Association or to First Christian Church.

Condolences may be sent to the family at www.youngfamilyfuneralhome.com

Guest Book

Patty (Corbett) Corbat
May 13th, 2017 3:17pm

My sincere sympathy to all on Helen's passing. She was a delightful person at Covington Manor. We always called her the "popcorn lady". Rest in peace, dear lady.

Willie Warriner and family
May 12th, 2017 12:45pm

Aunt Hellen will be so missed , now she can be with Uncle Harry and the rest of her family

Wendy moore and family
May 11th, 2017 12:56pm

So sorry for your loss. We love you.

Russ and Sally Smith
May 10th, 2017 8:17pm
Steuben, Mi.

Dear Ed and Margo...Our Prayers are with you always....The Lord gives comfort in times of need.He is always near....We Love You

Bill Smith and Nel McCoy-Smith
May 10th, 2017 11:22am
Wetmore, MI

Ed and Margo - Love you two. Will be keeping you in our thoughts and prayers - May He be glorified through all of this.

Dalene Hobart
May 10th, 2017 8:18am

Love you Grandma and will miss you. 💜💜Can't wait to see you one day in Heaven. 🌺🌸🌹