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Kate Raines Kessler

  • Birth 1871
  • Death 9 Feb 1938 Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, USA
  • Burial Canandaigua, Ontario County, New York, USA
  • Plot Section 15 Lot 2
  • Memorial ID 122425676

In addition to her three sons (who were by her side when she died) Kate Raines Kessler also had one daughter, named Helen Margaret Kessler. Helen died in a flu epidemic in 1927 and therefore could not attend her mother’s last moments nor her burial.

Children of John Harold Kessler and Kate Raines Kessler
Son: Raines Kessler
Son: J. Rissel Kessler
Son: Edwin L. Kessler
Daughter: Helen Margaret Kessler

Helen M. Kessler (b. 1893) married Professor Theodore Whidden Gibson in 1919 and they had two children – son Theodore W. Gibson (jr) ( b. 1920) and daughter Margaret Kessler Gibson (b. 1923).

1) Kate’s son was John Rissel, not Bissel as stated in the obituary.
2) Kate was born in 1871 and died in 1938, she was obviously 67 years old, not “85” as written in the text.

Corrections to obituary and Bio by Bob Fish.

Cemetery records has her age as 66 years.

Canandaigua, N. Y. - Mrs. Kate Raines Kessler, 66, native Canandaiguan, died of heart trouble Wednesday in her home in Philadelphia. She was the youngest daughter of the late Senator John Raines and Catherine Wheeler Raines, Canandaigua, and was educated in the Canandaigua and Rochester schools. Since her marriage to John H. Kessler, she had lived in Canandaigua. Surviving are the husband, and three sons, Raines, J. Rissel and Edwin L. Kessler, Philadelphia; also two brothers, John and George R. Raines, Rochester; and two sisters, Mrs. William E. Sylvester and Mrs. William H. Welch, Canandaigua. The body will be brought to Canandaigua where committal services will be held at 10 a.m. tomorrow in Woodlawn Chapel with burial in Woodlawn Cemetery.
Published: Rochester Democrat & Chronicle
February 11, 1938

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  • Created by: Sherry Hodges
  • Added: 30 Dec 2013
  • Find A Grave Memorial 122425676
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Kate Raines Kessler (1871–9 Feb 1938), Find A Grave Memorial no. 122425676, citing Woodlawn Cemetery, Canandaigua, Ontario County, New York, USA ; Maintained by Sherry Hodges (contributor 47394698) .