Sister Barbara Hesler, CSJ
Sister Barbara Hesler, CSJ, 98, died Monday, February 13, 2012, at St. Joseph's Provincial House, Latham. She had been a Sister of St. Joseph of Carondelet for the past 70 years.
Sister Barbara, the former Mildred Barbara Hesler, was born in Schenectady, NY, on November 8, 1913, daughter of the late John and Barbara Grussenmeyer Hesler. After graduating from The College of Saint Rose in 1935 with a bachelor's degree in Latin, Sister Barbara taught in the Schenectady City School District. On March 19, 1941, she entered the novitiate of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet in Troy, NY. Sister Barbara subsequently received a master's degree in library science from St. John's University in Brooklyn, pursued studies in theology and participated in several Elderhostel experiences. For nearly 40 years, she served as an elementary teacher, a teacher of Latin, English and French and a librarian in schools in the Albany and Syracuse Dioceses. In addition, she was an assistant librarian at The College of Saint Rose and an in-service volunteer at St. Joseph's Provincial House.
Sister Barbara was blessed with a long and fruitful life. An energetic, determined woman, she was proud of her German heritage and devoted to her faith, her family and her religious community. Sister Barbara was a voracious reader of many genres and an engaging conversationalist on a wide variety of topics. An eminently practical and faithful woman with a strong sense of commitment, she invested herself wholeheartedly in whatever task she undertook. Sister Barbara lived her life with dedication and fidelity, and she will be greatly missed.
Sister Barbara is survived by her beloved brother, Wilfred Hesler, of Schenectady; her sister-in-law, Patricia Hesler, of Higganum, CT; many nieces and nephews and their families; several cousins; and the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet. In addition to her parents, Sister Barbara was predeceased by four brothers: John Hesler, Edward Hesler, Rev. Raymond Hesler, SS, and Bernard Hesler; four sisters: Ida Hesler, Irene Hesler, Josephine Kingsland and Marion Nass; and many dear friends in the Sisters of St. Joseph.
Sister Barbara's funeral Liturgy was held Friday, February 17 from Our Lady Queen of Virgins Chapel at St. Joseph's Provincial House, Latham. Interment was in the cemetery on the Provincial House grounds. Donations in Sister Barbara's name may be made to the Development Office, Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet, 385 Watervliet-Shaker Road, Latham, NY 12110.
(Click HERE to make an online donation in Sister Barbara's memory.)