Mary I. Kessler, 73, of Ogdensburg

Mary I. Kessler, 73, of Ogdensburg

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Mary I. Kessler, age 73 of Ogdensburg and formerly of Colorado died Thursday (Jan 31, 2019) at the St. Joseph’s Nursing Home in Ogdensburg following complications from a stroke she suffered a few days prior.

There will be a memorial service at a later date to be announced. Mary has donated her body to the Anatomical Gift Program at SUNY Upstate in Syracuse.

Surviving are her sons Jack Kessler & his wife Toni Rice of Federal Way, WA; Michael Kessler of Minneapolis, MN and Frederick Kessler & his wife Isabelle of Westminster, CO; two sisters Katherine Denny of Ogdensburg and Marion Morelli of Corwall, NY; three grandchildren Christopher Kessler of Denver, CO and William & David Kessler of Westminster, CO; along with many nieces, nephews & cousins.

Three sisters Elsie Devine, Margaret Mally & Hazel Monaco predeceased her.

Mary was born on April 22, 1945 in Ogdensburg NY, a daughter of the late Fred & Alice (Mally) Boothe. She graduated from Hammond High School and, years later, continued her education at Pueblo Community College where she graduated Summa Cum Laude with a degree in Early Childhood Education.

Mary spent her later life as an elder care provider, and then became a nanny for a family in Colorado for many years. She retired in 2007 and moved to Ogdensburg to be with her sister Kay. Mary was active with the local Catholic churches and a dedicated volunteer at St. Joseph’s Nursing Home and Our Ladies’ Outreach (formerly St. Vincent DePaul Society). She was a dedicated grandmother, sister, and loving friend (especially to her friends from her youth who she continued a close relationship up to her passing). She loved her dog Duchess and was devoted to helping others.

Memorial contributions can be made to St. Joseph’s Nursing Home, 950 Linden St, Ogdensburg, NY 13669. Condolences and fond memories can also be shared at

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