, Salem, MA

December 18, 2013

Sylvia P. Kessaris, 87

Wenham — Mrs. Sylvia P. (Pauling) Kessaris, 87, beloved wife of Kenneth J. Kessaris Sr., died on Monday evening, December 16, 2013, at the Kaplan Family Hospice House in Danvers.

Born and raised in Salem, she was the daughter of the late Frederick and Elizabeth (Getchell) Pauling. She received her education in the Salem School System and graduated from Burdett College.

Mrs. Kessaris had been employed for many years as a certified purchasing manager during her employment at Ventron Corp/Morton-Thiokol in Beverly and Danvers, where she was installed as the first female National Chairman of the Chemical Group of the National Association of Purchasing Management. She was also inducted into Ventron’s Quarter Century Club.

Sylvia was active in purchasing affairs, as well as serving as director and chairman of the industrial buying group of the Purchasing Management Association of Boston. She had participated as a panelist in several seminars held throughout the country on “Women in Purchasing,” and had been written up in several national publications as a pioneer of women in the purchasing profession.

Mrs. Kessaris also served as the New England area representative of the Drug, Chemical and Allied Trades Association, and was a member of the Sales Association of the Chemical Industry and the National Association for Female Executives.

In addition to her husband, with whom she shared 39 years of marriage, she is survived by three daughters, Cheryl Sinapis and her husband, Peter, of Topsfield, Kim Barry and her husband, Peter, of Hamilton, and Karen Hindman and her husband, Craig, of Glenview, Ill.; one son, Kenneth J. Kessaris Jr. and his wife, Claire, of Woburn; seven grandchildren; two great grandchildren; three sisters, Meredith LeBeau of Beverly, Lucille Walkup and her husband, Stanley, of Beverly, and Sally Keyser and her husband, Leigh, of Hamilton; one brother, Warren Pauling and his wife, Carol, of Ridgecrest, Calif.; and many cousins, nieces and nephews.

ARRANGEMENTS: Funeral services will be held at the Second Congregational Church, 35 Conant Street, Beverly, on Friday, December 20, at 10 a.m. Relatives and friends are invited to attend. Visiting hours at the Campbell–Lee, Moody, Russell Funeral Home, 525 Cabot Street, North Beverly, will be on Thursday, from 3 to 7 p.m. Burial will be in the North Beverly Cemetery. Contributions may be made in her memory to the Kaplan Family Hospice House, 78 Liberty St., Danvers, MA 01923. For information, directions, or condolences, visit