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Jesse Richard Gessell, 86, Of Allendale

ALLENDALE, N.J. -- Jesse Richard Gessell, of Allendale, died Aug. 12. He was 86.

He was born Dec. 4, 1929, in Topeka, Kan.

He is survived by his daughter,s Nancy Gessell Newman and her husband Bill of West Hartford, Conn. and Cynthia Gessell-Phillips and her husband Bob of Ridgewood; grandchildren, Caroline Newman of New York City, Jack Newman of West Hartford, Conn. and Robby Phillips of Ridgewood; step-children, Matthew Russell of Memphis, Tenn. and Jenny Ervin of Clarksville, Tenn. and their children, Austin Russell, Terry Via, and Shelley Sigler, all of Memphis.

There will be no calling hours. Burial at Maryrest Cemetery in Mahwah will be private.

He requested memorial donations be directed to the Valley Hospital in Ridgewood to support their work with cardiology or ophthalmology.

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