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Marjorie Kurtz Kessler

Marjorie Kurtz Kessler, “Marge”, age 89, died peacefully at her condominium at the Warwick Club in Naples, Florida, early in the morning on January 31, 2004. For more than two thirds of her life. “Marge”, “Grandma Marge” to some, and “Mimi” to others taught the love and virtues she stood for to her son, her step son and her eighteen grandchildren and great-grandchildren from three different families. Sometimes she demonstrated tough love, but never without compassion. Her great-granddaughter, age 5, about two weeks before Mrs. Kessler’s death, on the last day of a ten day visit, seeing a rapid decline in her great-grandmother’s health, asked her mother if Grandma Marge “would become an angel.” Within a few hours after Mrs. Kessler’s passing, this same five-year old, at home in Virginia, awoke crying telling her mother that she had a bad dream. In her dream she saw Grandma Marge waving and saying good bye. Now “Grandma Marge” is Alexandra’s “special angel.”
Marjorie E. Kurtz was born on April 17, 1914, in the stone house at Eden Hill, Warriors Mark Township, now owned by the Gensimore family. Her father, Russell W. Kurtz, was a devout Methodist, a farmer, a hunter and fisherman of Warriors Mark. Her mother, Alma Fetterhoof Hurtz was also a devout Methodist.
“Marge” as she was known by most of her friends, taught Latin, and other subjects in Tyrone High School for a number of years. Her son, John Russell Gates “Rusty” married to Peggy D. Gates, lives in Spruce Creek. His father and her first husband was married to Peggy D. Gates, lives in Spruce Creek. His father and her first husband was Bernard N. Gates, who was killed serving his country in the Battle of the Bulge in 1944.
Her second husband, Gilbert M. Kessler, died Dec. 10, 1987. Mrs. Kessler is survived by his son, Gilbert M. Kessler, Jr., and his wife, Pearl, of Chester Springs.
Her two grandchildren are Marjorie G. Adam, and her husband Philippe, and Jacques R. Gates, and his wife, Kate, all of Charlottesville, Va. Marjorie has two children, Alexandria, age five and Lucas age two.
Gilbert M. Kessler, Jr. has three children, Linda Hedgepeth, married to Keith; David Kessler, married to Gail; and Timothy Kessler, married to Vicki. Linda Hedgepeth has three children, Lisa, Wesley and Warren. David Kessler has two children, Matthew and Robert.
She is survived by three step grandchildren and three step great grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held at her son’s home at Spruce Creek in the summer when family and friends can be gathered. Her ashes will be interred in Burket Cemetery, Warriors Mark.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Warriors Mark Methodist Church.