Olga B. `Sue' Kessler, 90, homemaker and traveler

June 29, 2006

Olga B. "Sue" Kessler, a homemaker, died June 22 of old-age complications at a hospice in Statesboro, Ga. The former Dundalk resident was 90.

Born Olga Bernadette Sipes in Halethorpe, she was a 1932 honors graduate of Seton High School.

Family members said she turned down an offer to attend college to take sales jobs at Montgomery Ward and Hutzler's to help support her family during the Depression.

In 1935, she married Althea "Al" Kessler, and the couple moved to Dundalk in the early 1940s when he began working for Bethlehem Steel Corp.

Mrs. Kessler was a member of St. Rita Roman Catholic Church and had been a host of Sodality meetings and a Cub Scouts den mother.

In retirement, the couple traveled extensively in the U.S., Ireland, Wales and England. Her husband died in 1996.

Family members said Mrs. Kessler was a naturalist and environmentalist.

She also had an interest in birds of the Mid-Atlantic area and often nursed injured birds and cared for lost dogs.

She moved to Georgia in 1999.

A Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 10 a.m. today at the Franciscan Friars Monastery, 12300 Folly Quarters Road, Ellicott City.

Survivors include three sons, Robert J. Kessler of Glen Rock, Pa., Richard A. Kessler of Marietta, Ga., and Kenneth M. Kessler of Ellicott City; a daughter, Carol A. Sowell of Statesboro; a brother, Kenneth Sipes of New Freedom, Pa.; 10 grandchildren; 12 great grandchildren; and a great-great granddaughter.

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