Rose Marie Hessling

Rose Marie Hessling, 83, of rural Anna, died at 7:58 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2017, at St. Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau.

She was born on Oct. 7, 1934, in Evergreen Park, the daughter of Nicholas and Rose Marie Hug Kronenberger.

She married Harry James Hessling on Nov. 22, 1952, in Chicago. He preceded her in death on July 22, 2008.

She is survived by her four children, Sharon L. Erickson of Oak Lawn, Harry (Beth) Hessling of Leland, Linda Smith of Lisle, and Diane (Donald) Williams of Anna; 10 grandchildren, Richard A. (Rhonda) Erickson, Karrie L. (Scott) Cummings, Jenny (Eric) Vanleirsburg, Jason (Amanda) Hessling, Walter (Danielle) Powers, Bradley Geschke, Wesley and Samantha Smith, Daniel and Nicholas Williams; 13 great-grandchildren, Nicole and Cody L. Erickson, Amber Wheeler (fiance Cas Siler), Brandon Wheeler, Jackson T. Cummings, Shayla Vanleirsburg, Lily Hessling, Tyler, Zander and Travis Hessling, Kenneth, Joshua and Travis Powers; three great-great-grandchildren, Faith Erickson, Paisley and Chase Siler; one sister, Carol (Donald) Cummings of Chicago Ridge; many other family and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Harry James Hessling; a son-in-law, Richard Erickson; three brothers and sisters-in-law, John (Anne) Kronenberger, Joseph (Anne) Kronenberger and Paul (Sara) Kronenberger; three sisters and two brothers-in-law, Dorothy Kronenberger, Elizabeth (Bern) Jiricek and Kathryn (Bruno) Grzybyski.

She was a devoted mother and grandmother. She lived her life for her family. Her home was always host to family gatherings, reunions and their frequent themed get-togethers. She dearly loved to cook and wanted to make sure no one left her home hungry. She also enjoyed sewing and gardening in her spare time.

Funeral services for Mrs. Hessling were at 2 p.m. Friday, Oct. 20, at Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Anna, with the Rev. Jerry King officiating. Interment was in the Alto Pass Cemetery.

Memorials can be made to the American Heart Association.

To view the full obituary and to leave online condolences for the family, visit

Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Anna was in charge of arrangements.

The Gazette-Democrat

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Anna, Illinois 62906
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