Twilla A. Kessinger, 75, of Dixon, Nebraska passed away Thursday, August 20, 2015 at Hillcrest Care Center in Laurel, Nebraska. Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Tuesday, August 25, 2015 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Anne’s Catholic Church in Dixon with Father David Liewer officiating. The visitation will be held on Monday from 5:00 until 7:00 p.m. at the church with a prayer service at 7:00 p.m. Burial will be in the Rosehill Cemetery in Pender. Arrangements are under the direction of Bressler – Munderloh – Smith Funeral Home in Wakefield.
Twilla was born on March 4, 1940 in Kansas City, MO, the daughter of Lee and Virginia (Rockhold) Hale. As a young child, the family moved to Raton, NM, where she graduated from High School 1958. On August 20, 1962, she was united in marriage to Doyle Kessinger in Raton, NM. The couple moved to Dixon, NE, where they lived until her passing. In 1990, Twilla entered Wayne State College, where she earned her bachelor’s degree in 1994. She earned her degree while working at Hillcrest Care Center. She continued to work there and at Careage Campus of Care in Wayne, NE as a Social Service Director. She was a member of St. Anne’s Catholic Church, St. Anne’s Altar Society and was an EME. Twilla was also a member of the Wayne Rotary, Toastmasters, Eastern Star, Laurel VFW, the Red Hat Society, and the Concord – Dixon Senior Center. She enjoyed reading, word search puzzles, going to the movies and spending time with her friends and family.
Twilla is survived by her husband Doyle of Dixon, NE, sons: Gary Kessinger of Marlow, OK, Alvin (Christina) Kessinger of Bellevue, NE, Matthew (Redding) Kessinger of Riga, Latvia and Michael Kessinger of Bellevue, NE; daughters: Adel Bohlken of Concord, NE, Jodi Kessinger of Omaha, NE and her special friend Dick Margarita of Sacramento, CA, twelve grandchildren and five great grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Lee and Virginia and parents-in-law, Alvin and Maxine Kessinger, an infant daughter Virginia Ann, brother-in-law and sister-in-law Lyle and Patty Heineman.