Hardenia Adale Ressel went home to be with the Lord on October 30, 2022, at the age of 56, surrounded by her husband and children. This followed a short but valiant battle with cancer.
She was born on March 23, 1966, in San Antonio, Texas, to TSgt Hartwell and Pauline Ware. Her family lived in San Antonio and Germany before settling down in Colorado Springs. Hardenia accepted Jesus at a young age, which forever impacted how she lived her life. She was an excellent student and a strong athlete who graduated from Doherty High School and then earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of Colorado in Boulder.
She married her high school sweetheart, Mark Ressel, and for the next twenty-three years they lived in various places around the world as Mark pursued his career in the USAF until his retirement in 2012. Hardenia and Mark were married for thirty-four years, and during those years they were blessed with four children and three grandsons. She chose to stay at home and homeschool all four of her children, passing on a desire for learning and a drive for excellence. During this time, she exemplified a deep love of Jesus to her children, both through her words and through the way she lived her life.
Throughout her life, Hardenia’s spirit of grace, authenticity, and hospitality touched everyone she came in contact with. Her life was lived in worship to Jesus as she diligently ministered in whichever home church she attended through the years and in the past few years to mothers at Life Network and Mary’s Home. She welcomed people into her home, extended a listening ear, and walked through life with them in patience and love. She was a counselor to many, even before she achieved her dream of earning her master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and became a counselor at Mayfield Counseling Center. Whether you knew her by name or talked to her just briefly, you could not help but be touched by her caring, fiery spirit that loved God and people with a passion few could ignore.
Hardenia leaves her husband, Mark Ressel; children: Sienna Ressel, Alyssa Dahlberg (Ethan), Mitchell Ressel (Moriah), and Lillian Ressel; three grandsons: Malachi, Ezekiel, and Micaiah; mother, Pauline Watkins; sister, Alicia Smith, along with countless other relatives and friends.
A Visitation will be held 5:00pm-7:00pm, Tuesday, November 8, 2022, at Shrine of Remembrance, “America the Beautiful” Chapel. A Memorial Service will then be held 2:00pm-3:00pm, Wednesday, November 9, 2022, at the World Prayer Center at New Life Church, followed by a light reception. Here is the live stream link for the Memorial Service: https://boxcast.tv/view/hardenia-ressel-funeral—november-9-2022-gptdkxker1myzjfwcrr2
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Life Network or Mary’s Home in the name of Hardenia Ressel.