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Mary Virginia Hesselman

August 24, 2019

Mary Virginia Hesselman, 96, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on August 24th, 2019 at home.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, August 29th, 2019 at the Church of the Nativity with Rev. Andrew Upah officiating. Family and friends may gather after 9:00 a.m. Thursday at the church until time of mass. Burial will follow in Mount Olivet Cemetery.

Mary was born on June 28, 1923 in Dubuque, Iowa the daughter of Dewell and Mildred (Brennan) Anderson. In 1941 Mary graduated from the Visitation Academy. She married Donald J. Hesselman Sr. on September 26, 1944 and he preceded her in death on March 13, 2018.

Mary was a lifelong member of Nativity Parish; was a loving mother to 10 children, 27 grandchildren, and 46 great grandchildren.

She is survived by her children, Don (Gwen) Hesselman, Steve (Becky) Hesselman, Mary Gereau, Mark Hesselman, Mike (Terri) Hesselman, Elizabeth Hesselman, Tony (Jill) Hesselman, Ann (Dave Heller) Volkert, Julie (Dave) Naumann, and Jane Scarlino; 27 grandchildren, and 46 great grandchildren.

Mary was preceded in death by her parents; her husband Don; a brother Robert D. “Hunk” Anderson, and sister-in-law Mary Jo Anderson.

In lieu of flowers a Mary Virginia Hesselman memorial fund will be established.

The family would like to thank Hospice of Dubuque.

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