June 24, 1938 – Feb. 3, 2017
George Martin Kessler, of West Seneca, a retired sales representative for Campbell Soup, died Feb. 3 in Elderwood at Lancaster after a short illness. He was 78.
Born in Pittsburgh, he attended schools there and served in the Army stateside. He began working for the Campbell Sales Co., the sales division of Campbell Soup, in 1962 and was transferred to the Buffalo area in 1967. He retired in 1998.
Mr. Kessler was a volunteer at Mercy Hospital and for the Alzheimer’s Association. He helped with fundraising for Ronald McDonald House and the Parkinson’s Wellness Group.
Active in St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, he served as Sunday school superintendent, sang in the choir and helped with fundraising for the new church building.
In retirement, he and his wife vacationed regularly on Hilton Head Island, S.C., and traveled extensively in the U.S. and Europe.
Survivors include his wife of 36 years, the former Nancy Fischer; five daughters, Lynn J. Cicchirillo, Jeanne A. Krachala, Amy S. English, Deborah L. Grauer and Katherine M. Grauer; a son, Christopher J. Grauer; and four grandchildren.
Services were held Feb. 7 in St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, Clinton Street and Union Road, West Seneca.