Alice L. Hessler, 89

March 23, 2011
  • Hessler

JUNE 7, 1921-MARCH 22, 2011

Alice L. Henson Hessler, 89, of Halfway, died Tuesday, March 22, 2011, at her home.

Alice was born Tuesday, June 7, 1921, in Waynesboro, Pa., the daughter of the late Andrew Simon Baker Sr. and the late Goldie Imogene Snowberger Baker.

Alice was a graduate of Hagerstown High School Class of 1939. During her high school years, she sang on a local radio station. After graduating, she stayed active in organizing class reunions.

She was employed and retired from Western Maryland Center in 1971. Alice was a homemaker after her retirement. She enjoyed baking, playing piano, organ, working in her flowerbeds, crocheting, needlework and spending time with her family. Alice was past president and past vice president of the Friendship Homemakers Club. She was also a past pianist for the Virginia Avenue Baptist Church in Hagerstown. For the last 20 years, she has been a member of Rehoboth United Methodist Church in Williamsport, Md.

Alice is survived by her husband, Junior R. Hessler, whom she married May 30, 1969; a brother, Lancelot Baker and wife, Shirley, of Hagerstown, and a sister-in-law, Pauline Baker of Hagerstown; daughter, Sylvia L. Scarborough and husband, Walter, from Salisbury, Md.; son, Eric P. Henson and wife, Joanna, from Clear Spring, Md.; stepson, Kevin R. Hessler and wife, Jeannie, from Frederick, Md., and stepdaughter, Tammy S. Hessler Spitzer and husband, Charles, of Williamsport. She is also survived by 11 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

Alice was preceded in death by her first husband, Preston A. Henson, who died in 1961; daughter, Carolyn L. Henson Willis and beloved son-in-law, Dr. Eugene "Pebble" Willis, and a brother, Andrew Simon Baker Jr.

The family will receive friends Friday night, March 25, 2011, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Gerald N. Minnich Funeral Home, 305 N. Potomac St., Hagerstown, and from 9 to 10 a.m. March 26, 2011, at Rehoboth United Methodist Church, 30 E. Salisbury St., Williamsport. The service will be 10 a.m. at the church with her pastor, the Rev. Dr. James E. Swecker officiating.

Interment will be in the Norland Cemetery, 2295 Philadelphia Ave., Chambersburg, Pa.

Memorial donations in memory of Alice may be made to Rehoboth United Methodist Church, Hospice of Washington County or Medical Transport of Hagerstown.

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