Frances M. Kessel


AMBOY — Frances M. Kessel, 81, of Amboy, died on Friday, Dec. 2, 2022 at Mercy Health Javon Bea Hospital in Rockford.

She was born on April 6, 1941 in Amboy, the daughter of Philip and Lois (Keelin) Haley. Frances worked for Beggs Certified Foods from 1974 to 2002 prior to her retirement. She was a life long member at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Amboy, where she taught CCD for 16 years and faithfully sang and played the guitar in the choir. She also served on the Teen Turf Board as Treasurer for 11 years and remained as a member since 2016, and was a member of the "Chicks from the Sticks."

Frances married Bernard C. Kessel on March 26, 1960 at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Amboy. He preceded her in death on Feb. 15, 2015.

She is preceded in death by her parents; step father Harold Hike; granddaughter Amanda Jo; brother John Haley; sons in law Jack O'Callaghan, Brian Cheshier; and brother in law Ronald Laws.

Frances is survived by her children, Angela O'Callaghan, of Bartlett, Amy (Jeff) Reed, of Amboy, Michele Cheshier, of Rock Falls, Michael A. (Patti) Kessel, of Littleton, and Danette (David) Trupp, of Bloomington; 12 grandchildren, Ashley (Jeffrey) Bryant, Abigail (Colin) Shields, Michael (Michaela) Reed, Haley Cheshier, Catherine Cheshier, Christine Cheshier, Alyssa (Willy) Bender, Joshua (Tiffany) Kessel, Levi Kessel, Alexandra Kessel, Kaetlin (Cal) Urycki, Jared Trupp; seven great-grandchildren Everly Bryant, Emelia Bryant, Brody Bryant, Logan Shields, Parker Shields, Brentlee Kessel, Elsie Mae Urycki; one sister, Sharonne Laws of Belvidere; one brother, Jim Haley of Amboy; and many wonderful nieces and nephews.

Funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m., on Friday, Dec. 9, 2022, at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Amboy. Burial will follow at St. Patrick Cemetery in Amboy. Visitation will be from 4 – 8 p.m.,. on Thursday, Dec. 8, 2022, with a saying of the Rosary at 7:30 p.m., at the Mihm-Jones Funeral Home in Amboy and then again on Friday, Dec. 9 from 9:30 to 10:15 a.m., at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Amboy.

A Memorial has been established to Teen Turf in Amboy.

Arrangements by the Mihm-Jones funeral Home in Amboy.

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