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In Memory of
Carlene Rose Hessler
September 28, 1932 - July 10, 2020

Wednesday, 10:00 a.m., July 15, 2020 at Fairview Memorial Park

Fairview Memorial Park

Carlene Rose Hessler passed away peacefully July 10, 2020 after a long five-year struggle with Alzheimers and vascular dementia. She was 87. She was born on September 28, 1932 in Central College, Westerville. Ohio to William Russell Tuck and Lulu Marie (Clapham) Carter. She lived her entire life in Westerville and was happiest within the walls of her own home amongst family. She married her husband, Earl F. Hessler, in February of 1957 at the Central College Presbyterian Church. She would go on to raise three boys and was the glue that held her family together! More than anything, Carlene loved and sacrificed for her children. She was a natural care-giver and mothering type. Though necessity required her to hold down a full-time job to make ends meet, once home, her hands were always busy preparing meals, helping with homework, drawing baths, and getting her boys off to bed safe, healthy and happy. Always kind and soft spoken, Carlene was the gentle nurturing hand of love that brought life and love into the lives of her children. After graduating from Westerville High School in 1950, Carlene started work in the new field of Data Entry. If asked her occupation, Carlene would always respond, Key Punch Operator, even long after data entry had transitioned away from key punch cards and moved to digital storage. As a key punch operator, Carlene worked for several companies in the Central Ohio area, including Kilgore Manufacturing in Westerville, where she would meet her lifelong best friend, JoAnn Budd, Ross Labs in Columbus, Fruehauf Trailers in Westerville, and finally Solidstate Controls in Columbus from which she would ultimately retire. Her life was a living example of a Bible verse found in, Luke 9:24 For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: but whosoever will lose his life for my sake, the same shall save it. Carlene found happiness and purpose in losing herself in the service of her children and family. Her boys have, upon reflection, stated that if not for their mothers sacrifices on their behalf, their lives would not have unfolded as well as they did. In the words of Abraham Lincoln, they too could rightly say, All that I am, or hope to be, I owe to my angel mother. Carlene was preceded in death by her husband Earl, eldest son, Jerry F. Hessler and her sister Patricia Brown. Carlene is survived by her sister Edna Burkhart of Phoenix, Arizona, along with her sister Jerri and her husband Johnny Perfect of Central Ohio; her two sons and their wives, Jody and Dayna, as well Russell and Terri Hessler; grandchildren, Laura Purdy, Jared Hessler and his wife, Shannon, Andy Hessler and Carmen Hessler; also one great granddaughter, Brynn Purdy. She loved them all, and each felt a special bond with her having experienced her gentle smile, soft voice and loving touch. Due to the current CoVid-19 pandemic, and to ensure that all of Carlenes family and friends remain safe, there will not be visiting hours at the funeral home. Instead, please join us for a brief graveside service on Wednesday morning July 15, 2020, at 10:00 a.m. where we will meet at Moreland Funeral Home 55 East Schrock Road, Westerville. Please remain in your car and follow the procession to Fairview Memorial Park in Lewis Center, Ohio. Attendees are encouraged to follow CDC and state guidelines for public gatherings by social distancing, wearing masks, and any other personal protective equipment you deem necessary. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Alzheimers Association in Carlenes memory.