Claire F. Hessling, 78, of San Antonio, Texas, passed away on Feb. 6, 2013, in Texas.

She was born on May 14, 1934, in Brooklyn, N.Y., to Charles Francis Dragon and Helene Wiczkowski Dragon.

Claire was preceded in death by her parents and son, Charles Ray Hessling.

She is survived by her husband, John B. Hessling of San Antonio, Texas; children, John B. Hessling Jr. and fiancé Ramona Taylor of Maryland Heights, Mo., Karen (John) S. Foster of San Antonio, Texas, David (Andrea) P. Hessling of Atoka, Tenn., Lucy (Anthony) H. Valainis of Davenport, Iowa, Joseph A. (Teresa Diane) Hessling of Palm City, Fla., Joan M. (Jon) Meeks of Davenport, Iowa, Michael A. (Donna) Hessling of San Juan Capistrano, Calif.; 16 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; sister, Helene Zaepfel of Suffolk, Va.; numerous nieces and nephews; extended loving family and many friends.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. tonight at Finch Funeral Chapel-La Vernia, Texas. A funeral vigil and Rosary will at 7 p.m.

Funeral Mass will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 9, at St. Jerome Catholic Church, San Antonio, Texas. Father John Flanagan will officiate.

Memorial contributions may be made to the St. Jerome Catholic Church Building Fund, 7955 Real Road, San Antonio, Texas 78263.

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