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Thomas Hesseling
  • April 28, 1940
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  • April 29, 2021

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Thomas J. Hesseling
Born 4/28/1940 in Dubuque, Iowa
Died 4/29/21 in Orange City, FL
Survived by his wife of 62 years, Juanita M. Hesseling
His parents were Donald and Dolores Hesseling. He had 2 sisters and 3 brothers and many nieces and nephews.
5 Children, Susan Mesnard, Mary Crago, Joseph Hesseling, Laurie Serrao, Mark Hesseling
20 Grandchildren
24 Great grandchildren

Tom was in a very serious car accident and broke his back when he was 16 years old and was told that he would never walk again but his determination and spirit showed that the doctors were totally wrong. He went on to not only walk but have a very normal life. He promised the Virgin Mary that if he had daughters he would name one of his girls after her and asked her to pray to her Son for his healing. He named his second daughter Mary and all 3 of his daughters have Mary or Marie as one of their names.

His favorite hobby was building and he built many houses, made beautiful crafts and furniture and taught all of his sons and daughters his skills and how to take care of things.

Tom was always loving and romantic at heart and left little notes in the children’s school desks at PTA meetings, which delighted them. He also made little crafts with notes attached for the the love of his life and attached love notes to her. Every year on Valentines Day he would place a card and small box of chocolates or candy on their places at the table before leaving for work at 4:30 a.m.
Grandpa also loved to play “Santa” on Christmas Eve for his grandchildren and neighbors That was a fun time for all! He always made others smile with his quick humor and quips.

Tom was loving, energetic, ambitious and goal driven. He was the most Christian, charitable person on Earth and was always willing to help anyone and everyone who needed it. He had such a giving, cheerful heart. He was also a Knight of Columbus for many years and did so much to help them and the needy whenever asked. The word “NO” was never an option and he always helped with a cheerful heart. He was truly a Knight in Shining Armor! He and his wife were Eucharistic Ministers, also, and sometimes substitute Sacristans and they both belonged to The Rosary Makers groups and made rosaries for the church to bless and hand out to the needy, the missions and anyone who needed one. They both belonged to the “Respect Life” group and always defended the unborn children. They stood on street corners with the supporters during the Right to Life Campaigns.

He worked for Frito Lay for 28 years and never missed a day of work and was rewarded often for his dedication to service for always going above and beyond and doing the extras. He did a remarkable job for them.

Tom loved to play his guitars for relaxation and enjoyed it tremendously and so did his family.

He was a wonderful husband, father, grandpa, great grandpa and friend and will be missed so very, very much by all of us.

Tom, you were truly a Knight in Shining Armor and you are in our hearts forever! We love you & miss you and ask God to bless you, always!!! You were taken from us so suddenly. See you later !!!! XOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXO


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  1. 09 May 2021
    Jim and Joyce Marach lit a candle:
    Lit since May 9, 2021 at 5:52:54 AM

  2. 08 May 2021
    Fred and REnate Guth lit a candle:
    Lit since May 8, 2021 at 5:44:31 AM

  3. 08 May 2021
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    Lit since May 8, 2021 at 5:51:18 AM

  4. 08 May 2021
    Ed and Jeanie Rowin lit a candle:
    Lit since May 8, 2021 at 5:50:40 AM

  5. 07 May 2021
    Kimberly Hesseling lit a candle:
    Lit since May 7, 2021 at 5:33:43 PM

  6. 07 May 2021
    Darlene & Rudy Helton lit a candle:
    Lit since May 7, 2021 at 5:14:40 PM

  7. 07 May 2021
    laurie says:
    Dad..,
    I will miss you more than you could EVER imagine! You and Mom are my best friends and I wanted so many more memories with you ~ I feel so robbed at the loss of you. You were THE best father any child could ask for.., a loyal and loving husband to Mom almost 63 years. I miss our drives, talks, working on the house together and our dinners! Life will never be the same for me Dad. Your humor and advice will always be the voice in my mind to always do right, help others and always be positive and happy! I will miss you forever Dad and await the day we meet in heaven again.. Give Keith a hug, Greg a hug and all my doggies hugs too. I will always love you forever and a day Dad. REST IN PEACE you deserve that! YOUR LOVING DAUGHTER LAURIE

  8. 07 May 2021
    Laurie posted an image:
    Knight of Columbus
    Knight of Columbus

  9. 07 May 2021
    Laurie posted an image:
    Original guitar
    Original guitar

  10. 07 May 2021
    Laurie posted an image:
    Dad playing his guitar
    Dad playing his guitar

  11. 07 May 2021
    Susan and Jim Mesnard and Family lit a candle:
    Lit since May 7, 2021 at 5:39:50 AM

  12. 07 May 2021
    Juanita lit a candle:
    Lit since May 7, 2021 at 5:21:25 AM

  13. 07 May 2021
    Laurie posted an image:
    Always giving mom flowers
    Always giving mom flowers

  14. 07 May 2021
    Mark Hesseling says:
    To my father, you Taught me a lot of things in life and I was still learning. I know as I still work on projects and do things you’ll still be right there with me guiding me through it as always. You will be deeply missed but as we all believe in our Lord Jesus we will all be together once again in his kingdom. That we all look forward to. You are the lucky one, you are there now with all of your family your grandson’s and all of my dogs, lol, just like always you seem to get the best of things. I know you’ll always be around in our hearts and thoughts but know that we will all be together in eternity. Love you like you and miss you! And remember, when Kim arrives there one day she said she still expects her birdhouse, LOL. Love always your son and daughter-in-law Mark and Kim.

  15. 07 May 2021
    Laurie posted an image:
    55th wedding anniversary
    55th wedding anniversary

  16. 07 May 2021
    Laurie posted an image:
    Dad and Mark it started young building and bonding
    Dad and Mark it started young building and bonding

  17. 07 May 2021
    Laurie posted an image:
    Dad and Joe working on antique tractor
    Dad and Joe working on antique tractor

  18. 07 May 2021
    Laurie posted an image:
    The best Santa ever!
    The best Santa ever!

  19. 07 May 2021
    Laurie posted an image:
    Wedding and the start of 62 wonderful love filled years
    Wedding and the start of 62 wonderful love filled years

  20. 06 May 2021
    Laurie posted an image:
    Dad and me building
    Dad and me building

  21. 06 May 2021
    Laurie lit a candle:
    Lit since May 6, 2021 at 5:55:53 PM

  22. 06 May 2021
    Laurie lit a candle:
    Lit since May 6, 2021 at 5:55:14 PM

  23. 06 May 2021
    Mark Hesseling lit a candle:
    Lit since May 6, 2021 at 5:50:57 PM

  24. 06 May 2021
    Lindsey Allen lit a candle:
    Lit since May 6, 2021 at 5:54:32 PM

  25. 06 May 2021
    Lindsey Allen says:
    Dear Juanita and family,
    Our deepest sympathy in the passing of Tom. We were saddened to here this. Tom was a wonderful man and will truly be missed by many who knew and loved him. What a beautiful tribute. May God give you comfort and healing during this time. With our love, Lindsey and Barbara (St. Mark).

  26. 06 May 2021
    Juanita M Hesseling says:
    Hi Handsome!!! I wish I could snatch you back from Eternity and have more happy years with you. I miss you sooooooooooooo very, very much and hope it's soon when I see you again in Heaven. You left us so suddenly and left a HUGE hole in our hearts. I can't quit sobbing because you are not here with me. Maybe someday we can go for a long ride in Heaven and see more of God's wonderful creation. We will do it together for the next 10 zillion years, ok? We loved our rides together to see the beautiful scenery. Thank you for giving me so much of your life but it just wasn't enough time. We came together at an early age and loved each other ever since and never dreamed that we would ever have to part so early. Enjoy your time in Heaven with Jesus and Mary and His Angels and Saints and please pray for me and our wonderful family and friends. They are the best! Thank you for EVERYTHING!!! I will always love you and pray for you, forever!!! Love and prayers from your loving wife, Juanita XOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXO

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