I was John's roommate at Ancker Hospital in 1964-65. I have recently retired and decided to look up some of my friends from years past with the thought in mind of perhaps visiting in the summer of 2014. I found that John had died. I am sorry for him, his family and his patients. I can tell that he was sincerely loved by those he knew, his neighbors and his patients. I should have started my quest a year ago, but was not retired at that time, and now find that it is too late for me to meet with him on this earth...perhaps some day we shall meet.
I am deeply saddened to learn about John's passing away. He was a wonderful scientist (where are the controls?) and a wonderful human being (went with me to buy a car). He will stay in my and my family's hearts.
I am so sorry to know the passing of Dr. Kersey who was a wonderful human being, physician scientist, and good friend. Will miss you
I am so sorry to read about your father and husbands passing. I had seen him at my parent's house in December and had chatted briefly with him about various topics. Anne, Charlie, Tim and Meg he will be missed he was such a wonderful person and such a great physician. It was a honor to know him as a neighbor and as the father of friends. Both Leia and I send our condolences!
I just learned of Dr. Kersey's death searching for his name on the Internet. I met him when worked in the BMT department in the 80's while a student, writing papers for Tucker LeBien. Dr. Kersey always impressed me with his love of patients and his work. I'm glad I had the chance to visit with him when my family and I toured the new BMT building a few years ago. May you look to the Creator of all for comfort.
Our hearts were saddened when we received the Masonic Cancer news and saw that Dr. Kersey had passed away. We grew to love him as such a caring loving doctor who always had time for a visit no matter where or when you ran into him. He diagnosed Gwen 23 years ago on April 10 with acute leukemia. We were blessed to have one of the top researchers taking care of our dear daughter. She now has survived 2 bone marrow transplants with AML and then had treatments from 2007-2009 when diagnosed with ALL. Praise the Lord she is with us today - what a miracle. Dr Kersey will be greatly missed!
John was a reference to me not only as a scientist but also as a human being.
Magdalena y yo nunca agradeceremos lo suficiente toda la ayuda recibida de John y Ann durante nuestra estancia en Minneapolis. John estará siempre en nuetro corazón.
May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived.
I was truly saddened to learn of John's passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you Anne and the family. John was a MEGA man with so many diversified talents. He certainly made the world a better place for all of us.
John and I spent a lot of time together fundraising for the U of M Cancer Center and fly fishing on the North Shore. I will never forget these times and being with such a wonderful man who was so considerate of everyone else.
John will be missed by all who ever knew him.
I only knew John for a short time but what I saw was a humble man of great compassion. I sat enthralled listening to his stories of adventures he had experienced and enlightend by his compassion for those less fortunate. He was always ready to share a laugh and was able to find the humor in life that makes almost anything bearable. He will be sorely missed.
John was a wonderful member of Freedom from Hunger's Board of Trustees. His sensitivity, dedication and wisdom contributed greatly to our work. I will miss him very much! My deepest condolences to his family.
The entire Freedom from Hunger Family is deeply saddened to hear of the passing of John. John was a very committed supporter and Trustee to Freedom from Hunger. His compassion and dedication to the world's poorest people reflected his values as a person and his commitments as a professional. Our deepest sympathies to the Kersey family
I enjoyed John very much. Peace and love to his wonderful family.
My deepest sympathies to the family. It is so hard when a loved one has passed on. I've been told the transition is peacful so his journey will be blessed with his presence among the Angels. God Bless.
My life was forever changed by this man. My love and sorrow to his family, incredible man. Thank you for saving the life of my sister. And many others. There are no words. God bless.
A wonderful friend, a great neighbor, an extraordinary physician. Thanks for the winter rides to St. Anthony Park! Condolences to Anne and family.
I will remember you for your good humor and helpfulness. You were always a great gentleman and colleague. The U of Mn and the broader community greatly benefitted from your life's work.
It was very nice to meet you 21 years ago. You were one of the "zone changer" people in my life. 16 years ago, my little daughter first started to crawl at dinner, your home. I said noooooo when I heard yesterday about you. No word will be enough to share my feelings. I felt as I lost a close relative. You were a nice man. You will be in my mind. Your Turkish friends, we all, love you. My Condolecences to Anne and the family
What a shock to everyone. My deepest sympathy to you, Anne, and your family. Having worked with John and the Cancer Center faculty during the years of the building of the Cancer Center Research Building, I got to know what a wonderful, intelligent, thoughtful and kind person he was. I will remember him always.
My days with John go back to grade school and Boy Scouts. Our sympathy to his family. Sorry we are unable to attend the memorial service.
I knew John and his brother Gene as a neighbor when they were small children.
I didn't see much of John in later years, but followed his remarkable career as a path finder in cancer research. The world has lost a great Doctor. My sympathy to the whole family.
Dr. Jerome (Jerry) Harty
Since I heard the news of John's passing, I have been thinking a lot of the Kersey family and all of the memories I have of time spent at the house on Doswell and at the lake house on WBL. After so many years, I really appreciated John's willingness to reach out when DT was diagnosed two years ago. You all are in my thoughts. Much love from California!
We join with people from across the country in expressing sympathy to you, Anne, and to your family at John's death.
We knew him primarily as a neighbor in St. Anthony Park and have been so delighted that our daughters have been friends since childhood. He was for us the reality of a learned, loving and caring doctor.
So sorry to here about john"s passing we lived right accross the street from them in 2285 for many yrs
I was so very saddened to hear that Dr. Kersey had passed away. I have worked with him for the past 15 years in the Masonic Cancer Center. He made tremendous contributions to the fight against cancer which those that follow in his footsteps will advance further. But what I will miss most is his generosity, kindness and compassion. He took an interest in everything and everyone, from the most prominent cancer researcher to folks like me, a clerical worker. He was a real citizen of the world. He welcomed my husband and me for a visit at the lake home he shared with his wonderful wife Anne on the North Shore and he stopped up to see my coworkers and me every time he was in the building. I am glad I had the privilege of knowing him and will miss him greatly.
The world has lost a great man and wonderful friend! Thank you John Kersey for making a difference in so many lives! I have the greatest memories of summers on White Bear Lake with the Kersey's! We were quite the sailing team too....Captain John and Crew Jan! I remember being 7 months pregnant and you had a new boat and I couldn't get the side board down and you were screaming at me and I could hardly waddle from side to side as you came about!The only time John ever got wound up was with a tiller in his hand!And, we never did win a race!!I loved that our kids had a chance to grow up in such a wonderful neighborhood and enjoy the magic of living at the lake! I always loved your gentle spirit, loving heart and devotion to your amazing family! You have left a GIANT footprint on this earth John and made a difference for so many who depended on your brilliance as a physician to lead them out of the darkness to good health!I had three cancer surgeries last year and was treated at the U of M Cancer Center that exists because of you!THANK YOU! You have left a legacy and gift that few of us ever are able to give. Thank you Dr. John Kersey, John Kersey, Husband of Annie, Father of Charlie, Meg, Tim and families and Grampa John! You wore every hat with ease and you will be deeply missed! Your spirit will live on forever in my heart John!I will think of you whenever I see a sailboat gently bobbing in the wind and remember those perfect days on White Bear! Special love to Annie, Charlie, Meg, Tim and their families....you were John's life! Hail the C-Shore Olympic King John Kersey.....you reign supreme forever!!!!
Having shared two special grandchildren, we knew John as a kind and compassionate friend and loving grandfather. He will be missed at family gatherings. Our sincere sympathy and prayers to Anne and family.
The world has lost an amazing man and I say Good Bye to a wonderful friend!I will remember always the fun we had in the summers on White Bear Lake watching our families grow up and enjoying the incredible gift of life at the lake! I will remember sailing with the Captain as his crew in 1979. I was 7 months pregnant and John was yelling at me to put down the side board- which was stuck- and I could barely move with my big tummy but he was a relentless Captain of his ship! Sailing was the only time I ever saw John animated and competitive- even though we never won a race! John was King of our C-Shore Olympics which was held every summer and we all enjoyed that sense of family which comes from living together at the lake!This past year I had three cancer surgeries and, I was treated at the U of M Cancer Center which John Co-founded! You made a difference in so many lives John-thank you for your brilliant career as a life changing Physician, your gentle spirit and happy heart! You will be deeply missed by all who love you and admire your greatness! You have left a GIANT footprint in this life!Special love to Annie, Charlie, Meg, Tim and their families--John will live on forever in my heart and all those he has touched on his incredible journey in life!
John was a neighbor and friend. Always a kind smile and good word for the day. And a STAR in his field. John,you will be missed. My prayers to Anne, Charlie, Meg and Tim.
I have countless wonderful memories of John, from summer canoeing trips to simple dinners at the Kersey household. He was always a person that set an example for me of how to be a friend, father, husband, and all around good human being. Thank you for everything you did for me, I'll miss you John.
So sorry to hear about John. Our sincere sympathies to Anne and family. You are in our thoughts and prayers.
I worked Dr. Kersey's animal lab back in the early 80's. He was a very friendly and caring person. He was a true human being and he will be missed by all who knew him. God Bless him and his family.
I was so sorry to hear about Dr Kersey. I was one of many, who worked with him at Jackson Hall, when he first started working on bone marrow transplants. He was an incredible person and doctor. Our prayers are with all of you. Colleen Handevidt Loftsgaarden
Dear Kerseys and Isaacsons,
I wanted you to know we are thinking of you and Anne, and sending you our very deepest sympathies, best wishes and love.
We just heard of John's passing. We are so sad for this loss to the Kersey family, and to the medical profession to which he gave his all. He was a great scientist, a great doctor, and a great man. I am but one of many who is living today because of the efforts he put forth.
We are in Florida on business and may not be able to attend any celebration of his life which may be planned, but are offering our prayers and condolences to Anne and all the family. Sincerely, Paul and Anne Stegmeir