Obituary of Dorothy H. Hesel
The only child of John H. “Jack” Piersma and Martha Beatrice George Piersma, Dottie grew up in Breakabeen, graduated from Middleburg Central School in the Class of 1955, and went on to receive her Bachelor’s of Science in Music Education from SUNY Potsdam, Class of 1959. She met Larry Hesel at a square dance in Middleburg while he was home on leave from the U.S. Army during the Korean War. They married in the summer of 1959, and built a home on a parcel of the Hesel Farm in Lambs Corners.
Dottie worked as a waitress at Ingalside Farm, gave private piano lessons to local children, and was the organist for years at the United Methodist Church of Norton Hill. When her girls were a little older, she worked at Story’s Nursery, then went on to create floral arrangements at Bohne’s Bouquet until she retired.
Enchanted by Native American heritage, she perfected the art of creating corn husk dolls, teaching others her craft. She was a member of the Clematis Garden Club and won many ribbons for her floral arrangements at the Altamont Fair. Dottie was also a member of the Greene County Camera Club with Larry, and they enjoyed going on field shoots together.
Dottie was an excellent painter and sewer, often making clothing for her girls and herself, including her own wedding dress. Later in life, her creative outlet turned to quilting with the Greenville Quilters. She always gifted her children and grandchildren with her thoughtful creations.
Dottie was predeceased by her husband, Lawrence Frank Hesel, on
Calling hours will be at the A.J. Cunningham Funeral Home,