Phyllis Kesler

Phyllis Ann Kesler

IRON MOUNTAIN — Phyllis Ann Kesler, 88, of Iron Mountain, passed away Wednesday, May 20, 2020, at Dickinson County Healthcare System in Iron Mountain.

Phyllis was born Dec. 20, 1931 in Escanaba, daughter of the late Patrick and Blanche (LaBranche) Milligan. She graduated valedictorian of her class from Felch High School in 1950 and was a lifelong resident of the area.

Phyllis married Marshall Kesler on Aug. 20, 1955 at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Foster City.

She was a devout Catholic and a faithful member of St. Mary and St. Joseph Catholic Church in Iron Mountain, where she taught CCD and was a Eucharistic minister.

Phyllis regularly participated in Eucharistic Adoration.

She was an excellent cook and enjoyed reading and playing cards, especially with her bridge group.

She leaves her husband of 64 years, Marshall; two sons, Russell P. Kesler of Minneapolis and Bryan F. Kesler of Iron Mountain; a daughter, Marchell A. (Mitchell) Merkel of Iron Mountain; a sister, Faye Bartoszek; five grandchildren, Deacon Tom Merkel, Patrick Merkel, Matthew (Liz) Kesler, David Kesler and Callie Kesler; two great-grandchildren, Emmett and Millie Kesler; many nieces and nephews; and her dear friend, Carol Schneider.

Along with her parents, Phyllis was preceded in death by three brothers, Patrick (Janice) Milligan, James (Anna) Milligan and Robert (Alice) Milligan; a sister, Janet (Ed) Skibo; and a brother-in-law, Anthony Bartoszek.

A funeral Mass will be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, May 26, 2020, at St. Mary and St. Joseph Catholic Church in Iron Mountain. Fr. Janusz Romanek and Deacon Tom Merkel will offer the Mass of Christian Burial.

Burial will be in Cemetery Park in Iron Mountain.

Condolences to the family of Phyllis Ann Kesler may be expressed online at www.ernashfuneralhomes.com.

The family has entrusted the Erickson-Rochon & Nash Funeral Home of Iron Mountain with the arrangements.