Published in the Interest of the Staunton Community for Over 143 Years


Mark S. Kessler, 67, of Staunton, Ill., died on Tuesday, Aug. 8, 2023, at his home. Born March 22, 1956, in Wood River, he was a son of John W. “Big John” and Virginia C. (Benz) Kessler.

Mark worked as an independent carpenter for many years.

He is survived by his sister, Kathleen Kessler of Tuscola; his brother, Michael (Lucinda) Kessler of Springfield; two nephews, Joseph (Betty) Kessler, Sr. and Timothy (Maria) Kessler; a great niece and four great nephews, Mary Beth, Joseph Jr., John Paul, Luke and Justin Kessler. He was preceded in death by his parents.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, Aug. 12, 2023 at Paynic Home for Funerals in East Alton. Burial followed at Rose Lawn Memory Gardens in Bethalto.

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