Actions
Begin New Search
Refine Last Search
Cemetery Lookup
Add Burial Records
Help with Find A Grave

Find all Kesslers in:
 • Saint Johns Evangelical Lutheran Church Cemetery
 • Danville
 • Montour County
 • Pennsylvania
 • Find A Grave

Top Contributors
Success Stories
Discussion Forums
Find A Grave Store

Log In
Sponsor This Memorial!
Peter Ketellapper Kessler
Learn about removing the ads from this memorial...
Birth: Oct. 25, 1932
Sint Annaparochie
Het Bildt Municipality
Friesland, Netherlands
Death: Nov. 13, 2003
Mahanoy City
Schuylkill County
Pennsylvania, USA

My Uncle Peter:

Born Piet Jochems Ketellapper in The Netherlands, he arrived in New Jersey with his mother and older brother on March 14, 1948 via the S.S. Nieuw Amsterdam when he was 15 years old. His father had died when he was age ten. He finished high school in the US and enlisted in the US Army. After he got out of the Army, he changed his name to Peter Kessler.

He spent two years, 1953 & 1954, over in Korea while serving in the Signal Corps. He told me how he had to climb poles & twist wires in 40 degree below zero weather. They would light bales of garbage at the base of the pole to make the job easier. He took many beautiful photos while over there that I'm fortunate to have in the album he created.

Uncle Peter was a self-taught Electrical Engineer. He married a woman he met in AA in 1976, but the marriage didn't last and they had no children. In his later years, he dabbled selling antiques and sold items at flea markets. He bought a row house that he was refurbishing when he died at home of a cardiac arrhythmia at age 71.

When I was around 5 years old, he took me for a ride in his little red sports car & steered with his knees - I remember thinking he was the coolest ever! He was a funny guy who wasn't afraid to be a bit irreverent, & he loved to tell jokes & stories. 
 
Family links: 
 Parents:
  Jochem Martens Ketellapper (1898 - 1943)
  Antje Pieters Andringa Ketellapper (1896 - 1974)
 
Burial:
Saint Johns Evangelical Lutheran Church Cemetery
Danville
Montour County
Pennsylvania, USA
Plot: Section 1, Plot 27B, Grave 5
 
Created by: andringa
Record added: Jan 23, 2013
Find A Grave Memorial# 104051324
Peter Ketellapper Kessler
Added by: andringa
 
Peter Ketellapper Kessler
Added by: andringa
 
Peter Ketellapper Kessler
Added by: andringa
 
 
There are 3 more photos not showing...
Click here to view all images...
Photos may be scaled.
Click on image for full size.


- Teresa B.
 Added: Mar. 19, 2014
Angel . . .
-Anonymous
 Added: Feb. 6, 2014

-Anonymous
 Added: Jun. 25, 2013
There are 2 more notes not showing...
Click here to view all notes...
 
 
 Advertisement

Privacy Statement and Terms of Service