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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. 01 Jun 2021
    Darlene Helton lit a candle:
    Lit since June 1, 2021 at 6:21:10 PM

  2. 29 May 2021
    Valleri Farel lit a candle:
    Lit since May 29, 2021 at 5:17:17 PM

  3. 19 May 2021
    Joe Hesseling lit a candle:
    Lit since May 19, 2021 at 5:57:17 PM

  4. 19 May 2021
    Joe Hesseling says:
    Dad you are always going to be missed.I enjoyed a wonderful life with you.Thanks for being the best earthly father a son could ever have. you taught us so much and was always there for us.I always enjoyed you coming to my auto repair shop and valued the time with you.The customer and your friends at the shop will always miss you.Also thanks for the notes on our desk and the frito bandits erasers in grade school you always made us fell special even at Valentine’s Day you always remembered us with your special notes ,thanks for the building knowledge you were loved and will be missed.I will see you again love Joe

  5. 18 May 2021
    Mary Crago says:
    Dad,

    I love you more than you can imagine and can't wait to be with you again with our lord and savior. Always in my heart and with me everyday. I've been blessed to have had you in my life for this long on earth and forever in eternity. I love you and like you Mary

  6. 17 May 2021
    Susan Mesnard says:
    Dear Dad, I miss you so very, very much. You were the best dad a daughter could ever have. I learned so much from you through life and enjoyed talking with you all the time. I wish you were not taken so early from us but I know deep down that God needed you more. I can’t thank you enough for being such a wonderful father, my best friend, my teacher of many valuable life lessons and trades, but most importantly, I want to thank you for being the type of father that was dedicated to his family, worked hard everyday and lead your family by example with such a great Christian leadership. You loved all of us with a kind and patient love all of our lives. You taught us about the importance of family, as you always put your family first. You always loved helping us and helping others, You sense of humor and kidding around is so very much missed by all of us. I miss you dad, I miss you more than anyone will ever know. I love and like you very much and I thank you for being the caring and loving dad that you were . You were the best example for me throughout my life. We had you for such a short period of time and now God has you forever. I shall see you again dad and just know how much I love and miss you.

  7. 15 May 2021
    dick&jean lit a candle:
    Lit since May 15, 2021 at 5:31:55 AM

  8. 13 May 2021
    Mary Crago lit a candle:
    Lit since May 13, 2021 at 5:38:24 PM

  9. 12 May 2021
    Laurie posted an image:
    Happy 4th!!!
    Happy 4th!!!

  10. 12 May 2021
    Laurie posted an image:
    60th wedding Anniversary celebration in Georgia the family is all together
    60th wedding Anniversary celebration in Georgia the family is all together

  11. 12 May 2021
    Laurie posted an image:
    True love forever❤️
    True love forever❤️

  12. 12 May 2021
    Laurie posted an image:
    Contemplating his next build. Always working on something for someone.
    Contemplating his next build. Always working on something for someone.

  13. 12 May 2021
    Laurie posted an image:
    Papa gave Sean (his bean head) his first baseball hat..
    Papa gave Sean (his bean head) his first baseball hat..

  14. 12 May 2021
    Laurie posted an image:
    Grandpa with Keith
    Grandpa with Keith

  15. 12 May 2021
    Laurie posted an image:
    Susie and dad relaxing in Lake City home.
    Susie and dad relaxing in Lake City home.

  16. 12 May 2021
    Laurie posted an image:
    Dad and Mary .. loved his overalls
    Dad and Mary .. loved his overalls

  17. 12 May 2021
    Laurie posted an image:
    Our guardian angel ..
    Our guardian angel ..

  18. 12 May 2021
    Laurie posted an image:
    His John Deere taking grandkids for a ride
    His John Deere taking grandkids for a ride

  19. 11 May 2021
    Carol Leblique says:
    Dearest Juanita,
    Your posted wedding day photo
    Is beautiful! Leo and I cherished
    our friendship since we met here
    in Lake City almost 20 years ago.
    His 90th birthday celebration in
    Georgia 5 years ago was Leo’s
    Happiest! “Thomas Hesseling has arrived” Jesus called and the
    Bells began to chime as Dominic and Leo raced to the Gate leaping
    with joy! “ Ps.138...”when I called,
    you answered me, you built up
    strength within me.”

  20. 09 May 2021
    Renate & Fred Guth says:
    Our dear Friend Tom, we miss you and missed you since you moved to Florida. You where so helpful as an usher at St Mark. Also, you where a generous support for the Knights of Columbus during their Council fund raisers and more.
    God called you a little early, but no more suffering only happiness and Love in Heaven with him.
    Heavenly Father please take care of Juanita, please give her comfort and wipe her tears as she is so sad, keep her strong and to know
    that YOU and Tom will always be with her in Spirit. We ask you Father, through Jesus our Lord. Our prayers for you and Tom.
    Juanita we miss you also God bless you.
    Renate and Fred

  21. 09 May 2021
    jerome f smith lit a candle:
    Lit since May 9, 2021 at 5:18:03 PM

  22. 09 May 2021
    Marie Thurmond lit a candle:
    Lit since May 9, 2021 at 5:17:21 PM

  23. 09 May 2021
    Jim and Joyce Marach lit a candle:
    Lit since May 9, 2021 at 5:52:54 AM

  24. 09 May 2021
    Jim and Joyce Marach says:
    I'll always remember Tom as a good friend and working together with the Knights functions at St. Marks Parish. He was a very devout man in the Lord. I know Jesus brought him into his Kingdom for his final rest, and he will never be forgotten, and always in our prayers.

  25. 08 May 2021
    Fred and REnate Guth lit a candle:
    Lit since May 8, 2021 at 5:44:31 AM

  26. 08 May 2021
    Ed and Jeanie Rowin lit a candle:
    Lit since May 8, 2021 at 5:51:18 AM

  27. 08 May 2021
    Ed and Jeanie Rowin lit a candle:
    Lit since May 8, 2021 at 5:50:40 AM

  28. 07 May 2021
    Jimmy Mesnard says:
    Hey Grandpa,
    Everyone misses you more than we could possibly say. You filled our lives with continuous happiness and laughter with your Kindness, love and all the funny jokes. Thanks for everything you taught me (it would take so many pages to list them off) and all of us. You’re the best Grandpa and friend a Grandson could ever ask for. I think about you every time I drive and miss all the good phone calls we had and all the stories you shared. I know you’re right here with the whole family watching all of us from Heaven. We love you Grandpa!

  29. 07 May 2021
    Kimberly Hesseling lit a candle:
    Lit since May 7, 2021 at 5:33:43 PM

  30. 07 May 2021
    Agnes King says:
    Tom I haven't seen you since we were about 18. You and Juanita were my best friends for years. Lost track when you moved to Florida and I was in Ohio. Keep me in your prayers up in heaven where I know you are. Go with God.

  31. 07 May 2021
    Darlene & Rudy Helton lit a candle:
    Lit since May 7, 2021 at 5:14:40 PM

  32. 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

  33. 07 May 2021
    Laurie posted an image:
    Knight of Columbus
    Knight of Columbus

  34. 07 May 2021
    Laurie posted an image:
    Original guitar
    Original guitar

  35. 07 May 2021
    Laurie posted an image:
    Dad playing his guitar
    Dad playing his guitar

  36. 07 May 2021
    Susan and Jim Mesnard and Family lit a candle:
    Lit since May 7, 2021 at 5:39:50 AM

  37. 07 May 2021
    Juanita lit a candle:
    Lit since May 7, 2021 at 5:21:25 AM

  38. 07 May 2021
    Laurie posted an image:
    Always giving mom flowers
    Always giving mom flowers

  39. 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.

  40. 07 May 2021
    Laurie posted an image:
    55th wedding anniversary
    55th wedding anniversary

  41. 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

  42. 07 May 2021
    Laurie posted an image:
    Dad and Joe working on antique tractor
    Dad and Joe working on antique tractor

  43. 07 May 2021
    Laurie posted an image:
    The best Santa ever!
    The best Santa ever!

  44. 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

  45. 06 May 2021
    Laurie posted an image:
    Dad and me building
    Dad and me building

  46. 06 May 2021
    Laurie lit a candle:
    Lit since May 6, 2021 at 5:55:53 PM

  47. 06 May 2021
    Laurie lit a candle:
    Lit since May 6, 2021 at 5:55:14 PM

  48. 06 May 2021
    Mark Hesseling lit a candle:
    Lit since May 6, 2021 at 5:50:57 PM

  49. 06 May 2021
    Lindsey Allen lit a candle:
    Lit since May 6, 2021 at 5:54:32 PM

  50. 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).

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