Stephen Kessler

Stephen, 57 of Salinas, CA passed  on June 16, 2022 at his home from an aggressive rare neuromuscular disease. His recent diagnosis progressed suddenly and his loss was unexpected. The family is shocked and deeply saddened.


Stephen was born on March 21, 1965 to Leonard and Celeste Kessler in Grand Rapids Michigan . Stephen loved California and after graduating high school, Stephen moved to California where he attended school and graduated from UCSC. Later he received his law degree from Monterey College of Law. Stephen worked  as a Federal Mediator at FMCS for the last 20 years. He loved his job and found joy in finding new ways to incorporate technology and innovative skills in his training. 

Stephen also spent time volunteering and coaching for the different sport organizations that his grandchildren were involved with as well as volunteering for polling stations in local elections.

Anyone who knew Stephen, knew that he was brilliant yet humble, had a huge love for his family, wasn’t afraid to be silly and bring humor into life and always remained grateful. 

He had an immense passion for sports, in particular those his grandchildren played. He loved watching and coaching them in baseball and was always there to cheer them on. 

Stephen was grateful for having a great life and was always looking at ways to give back to the community. He frequently reminded everyone to choose kindness and he personally practiced that everyday. Stephen’s positivity was contagious and radiated to everyone around him. 

Stephen’s family and friends will miss him more than words can say. Contributions in memory of Stephen can be made to the Stephen Kessler Youth Scholarship Fund-SKYS (see below). 

Visitation will be held at the Healey Mortuary, 405 N. Sanborn Rd., Salinas on Friday, June 24, 2022 from 10 - 1 PM

A Funeral Service held at the Healey Mortuary Friday at 1:30 PM.

Burial will follow at the Garden of Memories Cemetery, 850 Abbott St., Salinas.