Violet R. Hesser

Violet R. Hesser

Violet passed away Friday, September 16, 2016 in Kalamazoo.

Violet was born October 10, 1932 in Alamo Township to Harold and Marjorie (Fox) Thompson. Violet had worked for Allen Test Products for 23 years until her retirement. During retirement she had worked with her daughter as a daycare provider at Creative Play Station for several years. She enjoyed socializing, going to church and was always on the go. She liked playing Wii bowling, crocheting she enjoyed knitting washcloths and Christmas ornaments for her family. She was a member of the Third Order of St. Francis . On November 12, 1954 Violet married Jackie Hesser who preceded her in death in 2009.

Surviving are four children, Cyndy  (Roger Siebert) Pawlicki of Martin, Garry (Elizabeth) Hesser of Gobles, Carl (Chris) Hesser of Arkansas and Theresa (Steven) Borst of Plainwell; 13 grandchildren; 15 great grandchildren; and her siblings, Margaret Eldridge and Eddy Thompson.

Violet was preceded in death by her parents, a daughter, Deborah in 1983 and a sister Leona.

The family will receive friends on Tuesday, September 20, 2016 from 11:00 until the service begins at 12 Noon at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego with Pastor Jason Zimmer officiating.

Burial will follow at St. Margaret’s Catholic Cemetery, Otsego.

Contributions in memory of Violet may be made to the American Diabetes Association or the National Kidney Foundation.

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  1. Sheila Muniz says:

    I’m very saddened to hear that Grandma Vi has passed. She was a wonderful caring woman who always treated me as a biological grandchild, she and Grandpa Jack always made me feel loved. Every time we had dinner Grandma Vi would always make me a special plate of noodles and butter no matter what else she was making. She will be missed , I am grateful to have known her. She had a great sense of humor and a beautiful smile. ❤️

  2. Kim Pavlack says:

    Our deepest sympathy to Violets family. She was such a sweet and nurturing women that our children referred to as grandma. She was there everyday to help provide childcare and love to my children when they were babies along side her daughter Teresa. My family has such fond memories of her and feel blessed that she was part of our lives. She will be deeply missed but never forgotten.

    All our love… The Pavlack Family

  3. Kathy Baker Finch says:

    Theresa, Garry, Cyndy and Carl….. I will always have fond memories of your Mom and of growing up in your household. Your Mom had a great sense of humor and I have many stories of how amused she was of Theresa and my shenanigans. I am smiling now thinking about her reaction to some of them. She had a big heart that loved you all very much. I cannot express the sorrow that I feel nor can I say anything that could make it better. Just know that she is with the good lord and with Shampoo again. I love you all

  4. Mary Carter says:

    I know how much it hurts to loose someone that is so special to everyone that knew her. She was very special and loved by my family. She was like a mother to me and like a grandma to my daughter and also my daughter’s child. She even went to the hospital the day my daughter had her baby, and held her. Ms Vi you are missed and loved very dearly. I know that you are home now with our Dear Lord Jesus ! ! ! R. I. P. Love you!!

  5. Tara Wendt says:

    Dear The Hesser Family,
    For those of you that dont know who i am, i am one lucky girl who was able to take care of Violet at maplewood of Sandy Creek. I will say, Violet was one sweet lady and it was a pleasure getting to know her. Us at Maplewood are sincerely sorry for your loss. We are praying for you all.

  6. Lisa scott-miller says:

    I am so sorry for all your loss. Your mom was a specal lady and will continue on in the hearts of all who were lucky enough to have known her. She was always so kind to me growing up in our St.Margaret days and beyond. She had a huge heart and will be missed.

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