Donald Wm. Hesselschwerdt
Donald Wm. Hesselschwerdt, M.D., beloved Husband, Father and Grandfather, died June 15, 2013, aged 91. Don was born in Kalona, Iowa. He chose medicine as his career early in life, and was a very devoted, excellent Anesthesiologist. He loved his profession! Having completed his preliminary training at Iowa University (Phi Beta Kappa), he met Jane Prescott (now wife of 65 years) at Albany during his internship. He was in the Navy at Bethesda Hospital in Washington, D.C. for his war service. Don and Jane married, and they went back to Iowa City for his residency until 1950. They decided on Grand Rapids for their home-half way between both Grandparents – and have been most happy here. He loved spending time with his family sailing at the Yacht Club or skiing at Grand Rapids Ski Club – later golfing with Jane and friends. Don was President of the Michigan State Anesthesia Society in 1957 and Chief of Staff at Blodgett Hospital 1973-75, also Assistant Clinical Professor at Wayne State Medical School 1954-55, and Michigan State Medical School 1975. Their family includes: wife Jane, Daughters: Ruth (husband Daniel Harris and their daughters Amy and Jeanette), and Kay (daughter Julianne) Sons: Mark, William (wife Patricia), James (wife Jennifer and children Katie and Daniel), and Thomas (wife Karen and children Thomas, Anna, Jane and William) his sisters: Mrs. Hugh Cantlon and Mrs. Martha Norenberg. Memorial Service for Dr. Hesselschwerdt will be held at Mayflower Congregational Church Friday, June 21, at 4 p.m. In lieu of flowers, remembrance may be made to Parkinson Research or Faith Hospice. The family is being served by:
Metcalf & Jonkhoff Funeral Service
4291 Cascade Rd SE at Kenmoor, E of I-96
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