Claribel Darlene Kern, 85, of Waldo, departed life surrounded by her family on Tuesday (Jan. 8, 2013).
She was born on Jan. 23, 1927, the daughter of the late Manus and Ethel Shafer in Columbus. Darlene left school during World War II to work in a factory to help with the war effort, but she was proud to later obtain her GED and Real Estate license. She was a very active member of Peace Community United Church of Christ in Waldo. She loved to travel and was blessed to be able to visit Hawaii, Ireland and Great Britain. Even though she is not physically with us now, she will always be in our hearts.
She was the beloved wife of George R. Kern Sr.; loving mother of Mary Gross, Connie Kern, George R. (Kim) Kern Jr. and Benjamin D. Kern; cherished grandmother of Mary (Mike) Tripp, Norman (Katie) Gross, Brandyn Kern, Bryant Kern, Chelsey Kern and George R. Kern III; proud great-grandmother of Geordi Hall and Jay Tripp; and great-great grandmother of two.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her sister, Eileen (Charles) Mayfield; and her brothers, George David Shafer and John (Arlene) Shafer.
The family will receive friends from 5 to 8 p.m. today (Friday, Jan. 11) at the Bennett-Brown-Rodman & Snyder Funeral Home, 307 E. High St., Ashley, and where funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 12, with the Rev. Joel Fetter officiating. Burial will follow in Ashley Union Cemetery.
Contributions in Darlene's memory may be given to the Charity Newsies @ www.charitynewsies.com or the Salvation Army of Marion County, 1101 Mount Vernon Ave., Marion, OH 43302.
The Bennett-Brown-Rodman & Snyder Funeral Home is honored to serve the Kern family and condolences may be expressed and memories may be shared by visiting snyderfuneralhomes.com.
Published in The Delaware Gazette on Jan. 10, 2013