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Dorothy "Dot" Kern


1932 - 2016 Obituary Condolences
Dorothy "Dot" Kern Obituary
Dorothy (Dot) Kern, age 83, passed away at her home in Hawthorne, FL on March 16, 2016 after a brief illness. Mrs. Kern was born on 08/24/1932, the daughter of Ernest and Elva (Fortesque) Zimmerman. She was raised, married, and lived in Oaklyn, NJ until moving to Citrus Springs, FL in 1988. In 2011, she moved to Hawthorne, FL where she resided with her son and his family. Mrs. Kern was a devoted wife, mother, and grandmother, whose life centered on the well being of her family. She was a caring. empathetic, generous and gracious woman, a true lady. Dot always made time for family and friends, and was always willing to help when needed. She loved flowers, reading, swimming, Game of Thrones, and Downton Abbey.
Mrs. Kern was preceded in death by her husband of more than 50 years, John (Jack) Kern, her beloved daughter Cynthia (Cindy) Shear, her parents, one brother (Ernest) and three sisters ( Violet Phipps, Betty Jane Smith, and Kathy Gotshall). She is survived by her son Mark (Janet) Kern of Hawthorne, FL, daughter Dana (Monica) Kern of Hawthorne, FL, her brother, Karl Zimmerman of Catawissa, PA, son-in-law Charles (Chad) Shear of Citrus Springs, FL four grandsons, Brian Kern, John Kern, Gregory Kern, and Paul Kern, two granddaughters Megan (Will) Johnson, and Jennifer Shear. as well as three great grandchildren, Loki Johnson, Lillith Johnson, and Alex Kern.
Mrs. Kern will be interred with her husband at the Veterans National Cemetery in Bushnell, FL. Graveside services to be private as per her final wishes. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made in Dot's memory to Haven Hospice, 4200 NW 90th Blvd., Gainesville, FL 32606. Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.HooperFuneralHome.com. Arrangements by the Beverly Hills Chapel of Hooper Funeral Homes & Crematory.
Published in Citrus County Chronicle on Mar. 20, 2016
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