Obituary for Janice May Gessling


Janice May Gessling

October 20, 1934 - December 20, 2020

Janice May Gessling, 86, passed away on December 20, 2020 at Greenwood, Indiana.  She was the widow of her beloved Kurt Richard Gessling.  They shared 43 years of marriage, and lived in Carmel, Shelbyville and Columbus Indiana during their life together.

Born in Niagara Falls, New York, she was the daughter of Valerian and Genevieve Pieta.  A graduate of Niagara Falls High School, Mrs Gessling went on to earn her nursing degree after raising her family.  She enjoyed helping others during her years working at Columbus Regional Hospital and the Koala Hospital and Counseling Center.

An avid gardener, reader and Indianapolis Colts/Indiana University Hoosiers/Butler Bulldogs fan, Mrs Gessling doted on her family.  She is survived by her brother, Ronald (Lois) Pieta, cousin Frederick (Louise) Buja, children James P. Gessling, Lynn D. Gessling, Robert B. Gessling and Lori A. (Jonathan) Roberts, daughter-in-law Melodie Gessling and grandchildren Katharine, Emily, Christopher, Kristin and Jennifer.  She was predeceased by sister Sharon (Jerry) Scavulli.

Mrs. Gessling will be interred with her husband at the Garland Brook Cemetery in Columbus, Indiana in a private family ceremony.

Memorials may be made to the Salvation Army or St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital.

Fred Buja posted on December 26, 2020

My cousin Janice and I lived in the same apartment house as children. We were first grade class mates at Holy Rosary School. Our separate life's adventure reunited us about ten years ago to share our individual family lives adventures. To my first-cousin and best friend Janice. Till we meet again - Fred

Julie Hapka posted on December 23, 2020

Our deepest sympathies on the passing of a lovely lady who was always fun to visit with! She love spending time with her Grandkiddos! Roger & Julie Hapka

Lisa Mueller (Ron & Lois Pieta's Daugher) posted on December 23, 2020

Such a lovely lovely lady!! Sending love and heartfelt sympathies to all of Aunt Janice's loving family!! All of our lives here have been dimmed by her passing. . .and yet also encouraged and strengthened by her life well lived!!

Liz Best posted on December 23, 2020

My deepest sympathies to Mrs. Gessling’s surviving family. I pray that you find comfort and strength in your shared memories of her.

Mike Scavulli posted on December 22, 2020

My deepest and most heartfelt sympathies to the entire family!!! My mother (Sharon Scavulli/Pieta) was her sister and i lost her in 2009. During those sad times after, my sister Amy and i began email correspondance with Janice and we developed a close bond and would email each other regularly. She would tell us about life growing up with my mom and it brought me great comfort. My moms birthday is in two days, and now they are reunited again after all these years. May God be with you all during this difficult time.

Craig Aiken posted on December 22, 2020

My deepest sympathy for the Gessling family. Though we never met, she sounds like a beautiful person. God bless her and the family!


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