James H. Hessenberger


MENDOTA - James H. Hessenberger, 81, of Mendota passed away Jan. 23, 2021 at his home surrounded by his loving family.

Public visitation will be held from 9-10 a.m. on Thursday, Jan. 28 at the Wasmer Funeral Home. Masks are required, and social distancing and numbers will be observed. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. on Jan. 28 at Holy Cross Catholic Church with Rev. Peter Pilon officiating. Pallbearers will be Luke Hochstatter, Matthew Hochstatter, Drake O’Donnell, Zeke Hessenberger, Gil Buttles, Brandon Thompson, Brad White, John “JD” Setchell, and Paul “Vinny” Christman.

After services, cremation rites will be accorded and a Memorial Mass and burial of ashes will be at a later date.

Jim was born Sept. 27, 1939 in Ottawa to Harold and Hilda (Hochstatter) Hessenberger. He married the love of his life, Silvia Phalen, at Holy Cross Catholic Church on Nov. 1, 1958. She preceded him in death on July 24, 2009.

Survivors include three daughters, Denise (Leo) Hochstatter, Lisa Thompson and Nicole (Mike) O’Donnell, all of Mendota; two sons, John (Linda) Hessenberger of Mendota and Jeff (Donna) Hessenberger of Neosho, Wis.; 15 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; one brother, Jerome “Buck” (Tomi) Hessenberger of Beloit, Wis.; and two sisters, Hazel (Roy) White of Kansas City, Kan. and Renee Hessenberger of Hudson.

He was preceded in death by his wife, a son in infancy, his parents and a son-in-law, Brandon Thompson.

Jim graduated from Mendota High School in 1958 and was recruited and played football for L-P-O (LaSalle-Peru-Oglesby) Junior College where he continued his education and received an Associate degree. During his long work career, he was an ironworker and proud member of Ironworkers Local Union 386 LaSalle. He was also a member of Mendota Moose Lodge Post 714, Mendota Elks Lodge 1212, Knights of Columbus Post 2090, was a social member of V.F.W. Post 4079, and a faithful member of Holy Cross Church where he helped with the offertory and ushering for many years.

Memorials may be directed to Holy Cross Church or School, or Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church.

Condolences may be left at wasmerfuneralhome.com.

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