Laurel Hessing



Day and Time of Service: 11:30 am on Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Location of Service:  Temple Ohr Shalom--The Summit Jewish Community Center
67 Kent Place Blvd., Summit, N.J. 07901

Interment: Private

Shiva: to be determined

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Laurel Hessing passed away on Sunday, November 19, 2017, after a three and a half year battle with cancer.  She was 81.  Born in Queens, New York she lived in Berkeley Heights since 1939.  She earned a BA from Rutgers University, and was awarded the Rutgers Achievement Award in Comparative Literature.  She was a playwright. Several of her plays have been produced by the Theater For The New City in New York ("The Little Prince", “The Golden Bear”, “Sketching Utopia”, and “The Further Adventures of Uncle Wigly.”) She was also a poet, and for over 30 years, she had been an insurance claims handler and licensed insurance broker.  She retired in 2006.  She was a member of Congregation Ohr Shalom-The Summit Jewish Community Center of Summit, NJ and its choir.  She was also the chairman of the Free Acres Historical and Archive Committee in Berkeley Heights, NJ.  The family asks that donations in her memory be made to the Theater For The New City, www.theaterforthenewcity.net.  She is survived by her beloved husband of 60 years, Sigmar Hessing, of Berkeley Heights, NJ, two daughters, Ilana Hessing (Steven Ginsburg), of Yardley, PA., Rachel (Tim) Wintemberg of Berkeley Heights, NJ., a son, Ariel Hessing of Greenbrook NJ, a sister, Crystal Field of New York, NY. and two grandchildren, Benjamin Carlos Ginsburg of Chesterfield NH and Alicia Cassandra Wintemberg, of Berkeley Heights, NJ.