Elizabeth S. Hessemer

September 1, 1921October 31, 2018

Falmouth, ME- Elizabeth S. Hessemer, 97, passed away peacefully on October 31, 2018 at her residence. She was born in York, PA, a daughter of Maurice and Elizabeth (Brunhouse) Smyser. Betty graduated from William Penn High School. She studied at Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in Philadelphia and the Barnes Foundation. While at the Academy, Betty received the Cresson Traveling Fellowship. She married Fritz M. Hessemer in 1944. They had three children; Marcia Page of Windlesham, England, Peter Hessemer of Lake Forest, Illinois and Jane Stegemann of Falmouth, ME. She is also survived by 6 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren.

In addition to homemaker and mother, Betty was a freelance illustrator of Jack & Jill Children’s Magazines and for Curtis Publishing Co. books from 1947-1962. In 1976, the family moved from York, PA to Rehoboth, DE, making their summer residence their permanent home. Betty was a member of the Rehoboth Art League serving on the Board of Trustees and teaching for a number of years in the spring sessions. For 18 years, she was a volunteer for Meals on Wheels. She was a member of St. George’s Chapel of All Saints Parish and an active church member her whole life. A private service will be held. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Meals on Wheels, Rehoboth Beach, 32409 Lewes Georgetown Highway, Lewes, DE 19958. Please visit to sign Elizabeth’s online guest book.


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John Dean II

November 5, 2018

Fritz & Family,

My father and I would like to send our condolences on the passing of Betty. My mother always thought a lot of both of you and enjoyed your presence. We will keep you and your family in our thoughts and prayers.

John W. Dean II
Milton, Delaware

Nancy Klinefelter King

November 5, 2018

I would like to extend sincere sympathy to the family of Elizabeth Hessemer. Elizabeth was a lovely woman. I have fond memories of staying with Jane Hessemer when she was about 12 years old, while her parents went on several vacations.

Mary Heilig

November 4, 2018

Marcia and Peter, and Janey, although you, Janey, most likely will not remember me, what a blessing to have your mother with you so long on your own life’s journey. Remembering climbing the mulberry tree, playing croquet, seeing Janey for the first time laying on your mother’s bed having just arrived home from the hospital, remembering watching your mother drawing and the lighted candles on your Christmas tree. Fond memories of your mother. Wishing you peace, Mary Alice Heilig