Mary E. Logan (95) of Newton


Published on November 11 2012 9:59 am

Mary Elizabeth Kessler Logan, 95, of Newton, Illinois passed away at 7:05 a.m. Sunday, November 11, 2012 at St. Anthony’s Memorial Hospital in Effingham.

Mass of Christian Burial will celebrated at 11 a.m. Saturday, November 17 at St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic Church in Ste. Marie with Fr. Al Kemme celebrating mass. Burial will be in the St. Mary’s Cemetery in Ste. Marie. Visitation will be held one hour before the mass.  In loving memory of Mary, memorials may be made for Masses. Arrangements are under the care of the Blake-Buchanan Funeral Home in Newton. Condolences may be left at

Mary was born April 17, 1917 in Bicknell, Ind., the daughter of Harry and Jane (Brown) Loving of Willow Hill.  At that time her father worked in a coal mine known as the American No. 1 located in Bicknell, Ind.  When she was 10 years old her father was killed in a coal mine accident, she went to live with her grandparents George and Pearl Brown. On September 10, 1935, she married Wilmer Kessler at St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic Church in St. Marie.  After their marriage, they resided on a farm between Ste. Marie and Newton where they farmed most of their married life.  Later Mary worked at E.R. Moore garment factory for 10 years.  After retiring from farming they moved to Newton. Wilmer preceded Mary in death June 20, 1981. Mary married Clive Logan of Edgewood in September of 1984 and he preceded her in death in January of 1994. Mary lived her last 10 years at Newton Rest Haven Nursing Home. She always had a smile and everyone that knew Mary loved her. She had a heart filled with compassion and caring for everyone.

Mary is survived by her daughter, Betty Niemeyer and son-in-law, James Niemeyer of Evansville, Ind. and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Mary was preceded in death by her parents, son, Donald Kessler; granddaughter, Aimee Kessler; two sisters, Ruth Murphy and Louise Stauss and a brother George Loving.