Ellen (Adams) Kessler, age 83, of Yankton, formerly of Vermillion, passed away Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2011 at the Avera Sister James Care Center, Yankton. Mass of Christian Burial was 10:30 a.m., Saturday, Nov. 12, 2011 at St. Agnes Catholic Church, Vermillion, with Rev. John Fischer officiating. Burial was in the Calvary Cemetery, Vermillion. Visitations was one hour prior to the Mass at the church. The Opsahl-Kostel Funeral Home & Crematory, Yankton, was in charge of arrangements.
Ellen Kessler was born on May 30, 1928 in Gedesby, Denmark. She married Sigmund Adamczewski on Sept. 10, 1950. In 1959 they immigrated to the United States, settling in rural Vermillion. In 1967 they became U.S. citizens, changing their name to Adams.
Ellen spent her time at home on the farm. She loved her flowers and garden. Sigmund died in 1987. On June 22, 1991 she married Al Kessler and moved to Yankton. They spent most of their time traveling to all parts of the U.S. Al died in May 2008.
Ellen is survived by her three children:, Helena (Tom) Rezac of Omaha, NE, Steve (Rose) Adams of Elk Point, and Gloria Larson of Tucson, AZ; seven grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husbands, one sister and an infant daughter.