, Salem, MA

September 3, 2013

Donald F. Wessels Sr., 79

Peabody MA — Don went home to be with the Lord peacefully, after a brief illness, on Saturday, August 31, 2013, surrounded by his loving family.

Born in Malden, Mass., on January 1, 1934, he was a kind and gentle man in the lives of all who knew him. He was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather, and a faithful friend, who traveled this journey with humor, kindness and love for all.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Roberta Wessels; his former wife, Barbara Callahan; his parents, Magdalene and Kenneth Wessels Sr.; and his brother, Kenneth Wessels Jr.

Don is survived by his loving children, Donald Wessels Jr. of Hawaii, Sharon Caulfield and her husband, Robert, of Peabody, Karen MacGregor and her husband, Bill, of Danvers, Scott Wessels and his wife, Jody, of Haverhill, Laura Brousseau of Wyndhan, N.H., and Tom Brousseau of Fort Mills, S.C.; his nine grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his brother, Arthur Wessels of Wakefield; and his sister, Evelyn Fitztgerald and her husband, Ron, of Malden; and several nieces and nephews.

Don loved his country, and served for eight years with the U.S. Army in the Korean War, prior to his discharge on Nov 1, 1955. He had been employed with the Payne Elevator Co. as an elevator mechanic, until retirement several years ago.

Don was a faithful member of West Congregational Church in West Peabody, serving on various boards and was a willing helper to all.

His absence will leave a void in the lives and hearts of many people.

ARRANGEMENTS: A visitation will be held on Wednesday, Sept. 4, at the Conway, Cahill-Brodeur Funeral Home, from 4 to 8 p.m., at 82 Lynn St. Peabody. His funeral service will be held on Thursday, at 11 a.m., in West Congregational Church, Johnson St., West Peabody. Relatives and friends are kindly invited. Burial will be held on Friday, at 10 a.m., in Walnut Grove Cemetery, Danvers. Expressions of sympathy in his memory may be made to Hospice of the North Shore, 75 Sylvan St., Suite B-102, Danvers, MA 01923. For directions and guest book, please visit