Funeral Details

Nancy Kessler


Date and Time

Sunday, September 10, 2023 at 10:00 AM


Rosehill Cemetery May Chapel
5800 North Ravenswood Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60660
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Cantor Emerita Amy Zussman
Temple Jeremiah


Rosehill Cemetery Mausoleum
5800 North Ravenswood
Chicago, Illinois 60660
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Swartchild Residence
1333 Sunview Lane
Winnetka, Illinois 60093
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Reception 2:00PM to 5:00PM

For questions regarding reception contact Bruce Kessler 678.300.5003

Memorial Contributions

Hadassah Chicago-North Shore
900 Skokie Boulevard, Suite 295
Northbrook, Illinois 60062


Nancy Baer Kessler, age 81, of Dunwoody, Georgia passed away on September 6th after a 4-year battle with ovarian cancer.
Nancy was born August 27, 1942, to Julie and G.F. Baer in Glencoe, Illinois. After she graduated from New Trier High School in 1960 she went on to study Education at Washington University in St. Louis. There she met her beloved, Alan Kessler, as he drove the carpool for the sorority girls performing in the Bearskin Follies variety show. Although Nancy’s first impression of Alan was to tell her roommate “don’t let me go out with him again”, Nancy and Alan were wed in 1964 and enjoyed 59 beautiful years of marriage raising 2 children together. They spent those years creating a life in 14 different homes as they built a family and a career in Deerfield, Illinois, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Michigan City, Indiana, Danville, Virginia and Dunwoody/Sandy Springs, Georgia. In each of those places, Nancy created an inviting home and a network of friends that became her second family. Many of those friends were made when Nancy was on the tennis courts and dancing up a storm with Alan in recreational square dance clubs. As her children grew, Nancy became increasingly involved in Jewish organizations. This included roles as President of the local Hadassah chapter, employee of Hadassah, President of Temple Jeremiah Sisterhood, Temple Jeremiah board member, and Beth Shalom Sunday school teacher. During her empty nesting phase, Nancy enjoyed working with her sister, Peggy Swartchild, at Peggy’s store, Material Possessions. Simultaneously, Nancy was very involved with her children’s activities and school groups. Her final move was to Dunwoody, Georgia where she became the Dunwoody Newcomers Club President. She made many wonderful friends in the Dunwoody community and enjoyed many years of mahjong and canasta games, clubs, water aerobics and pilates. Nancy is survived by Alan Kessler, (husband), Bruce Kessler (son), Janet Armstrong (daughter), Maggie Armstrong, Claire Armstrong, David Armstrong, Hailey Kessler, and Lindsey Kessler (grandchildren). In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Hadassah. Services will be held at Rosehill Cemetery, 5800 N Ravenswood Ave, Chicago, Illinois, 60660 on Sunday, September 10 at 10 am. A memorial service will be held at Temple Emanuel-El of Atlanta, 1680 Spaulding Drive, Sandy Springs, Georgia 30350, September 13 at 10 am. To attend the funeral livestream, please visit our website. Arrangements by Chicago Jewish Funerals, 847.229.8822,


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