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Nancy L. (McDowell) Gessler

August 22, 1954 — November 23, 2022

Latrobe, PA

Nancy L. (McDowell) Gessler, 68 of Latrobe, PA passed away Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2022, at Excela Health Latrobe Hospital. She was born Aug. 22, 1954, in Latrobe, a daughter of the late John and Kay (Chesla) McDowell. She was a graduate of Greater Latrobe High School, class of 1972. Prior to retirement, Nancy worked as a technician in the operating room at Latrobe Area Hospital for many years. She is survived by the love of her life, Bob Elliott; a daughter, Angie Gessler (Jeff); a son, John “JD” Gessler (Leanne); four grandchildren, Kaylee Johnston (Logan), Natalie, Sabrina and Bryson Gessler; one great grandchild, Cade Johnston; two brothers, Chuck McDowell (Hollie), and Tom McDowell (Dana); a sister, Suzie Saxton (Ed) and numerous nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her paternal grandmother, “Grandma Katie” McDowell.  A catholic by faith, she enjoyed music and dancing, long rides through the country and playing cards. Especially pai gow poker at the casino.  Nancy will be sadly missed by her family and friends. Visitation will be Monday, November 28, 2022, from 4-8 p.m. at Frederick Funeral Home Inc., 1543 Ligonier St., Latrobe PA 15650 – (724) 537-7766.  Funeral service and interment in St. Mary Cemetery will be private. To send flowers or condolences, please visit

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Monday, November 28, 2022

4:00 - 8:00 pm (Eastern time)

Frederick Funeral Home, Inc.

1543 Ligonier Street, Latrobe, PA 15650

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