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Obituary: Carolyn ‘Toni’ Kessler

May 19, 2017

Obituary: Carolyn ‘Toni’ Kessler

Topic: Obituaries

Carolyn “Toni” Kessler, who spent almost four decades working in the Office of the Registrar, died April 1 at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital following a short illness.

She was born October 15, 1959, in Monroe, Michigan. She was the daughter of Wallace T. and Virginia L. (Webber) Thompson. On July 14, 1989, she married Peter H. Kessler in Ann Arbor, then in September 1991 moved from Ann Arbor to Sumpter Township.

Carolyn 'Toni' Kessler

Kessler was a very creative person. She enjoyed ceramics, crocheting, needlepoint and gardening. She enjoyed watching horror movies, visiting museums, antiquing and solving jigsaw puzzles. She loved her dogs. She was known as a caring and loving person. She cared for her parents in their later years. She was also known as a big University of Michigan fan.

She was employed at U-M for nearly 40 years (just six months shy), spending her entire career in the Office of the Registrar in various capacities, and was known throughout the campus community.

Kessler is survived by her loving husband of nearly 28 years, Peter H. Kessler. She was the dear sister of John Thompson, Patricia Thompson, Michael (Grace) Thompson, Linda (Mark) Cramer, Keith (Lindy) Thompson and Kevin (Christine) Thompson. Several nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews and cousins also survive. She was preceded in death by her parents, Wallace and Virginia Thompson, and her brother Wallace T. Thompson Jr.

In lieu of flowers, the family has suggested memorial contributions to the Humane Society of Huron Valley, 3100 Cherry Hill Rd., Ann Arbor, MI 48105.

— Submitted by Pete Kessler