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Fern Naomi Kelton

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Fern Naomi Kelton Fern Naomi Kelton, 89, of Newtown Square, Pa., formerly of Tamaqua, Ambler and West Chester, Pa., died Monday, Sept. 24, 2012, at her home. She was the wife of the late Franklin Crothers Kelton, M.D., who passed away in 2008. Born in Tamaqua, Pa., she was the daughter of the late George Washington Clemson and Esther Dorothea (Schad) Clemson. Fern was a graduate of Tamaqua High School, Class of 1940, and Bryn Mawr Hospital School of Nursing, Class of 1943. She was a retired nurse and housewife, and worked until 1945 as an assistant night supervisor at Bryn Mawr Hospital. She was a member of St. Francis in the Fields Episcopal Church, Malvern, Pa. She was also a member of the American Legion Auxiliary and Bryn Mawr Hospital Alumni Association. She is survived by a son, Franklin C. Kelton Jr., M.D., and his wife, Denise Yonkoske, of West Chester, Pa.; a daughter, Barbara Kelton Steinhilber, and her husband, Chaplain Gustaf H. Steinhilber, (Col., US Army, Ret.) of Windsor, Pa.; a brother, Ronald Clemson of Tamaqua; grandchildren Katherine Kelton, Elizabeth Kelton Sheehan, Caroline Kelton Sanborne, Sarah Kelton, Jill Matejkovic, Heather Matejkovic, Matthew Steinhilber, Jody Steinhilber and Lisa Kristine Dale; three great-grandchildren; and nieces and nephews. In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by three brothers, John, William and Richard Clemson. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Sept. 28, at St. Francis in the Fields Episcopal Church, 689 Sugartown Road, Malvern. Friends and relatives may call from 10 to 11 a.m. at the church. The Rev. Glyn Ruppe-Melnyk will officiate. A memorial service will also be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 29, at Zizelmann-Roche Funeral Home, 500 East Broad Street, Tamaqua, Pa. Calling hours will be from 10 to 11 a.m. at the funeral home, with Chaplain Gustaf H. Steinhilber, (Col., US Army, Ret.) officiating. Interment will be at Odd Fellows Cemetery, Tamaqua, Pa. Memorial contributions in Fern's name may be made to St. Francis in the Fields Episcopal Church, 689 Sugartown Road, Malvern, PA 19355. Condolences may be made at www.zrgfuneralhomes.com Arrangements were made by Zizelmann-Roche Funeral Home, 500 East Broad Street, Tamaqua, PA 18252.

Published in Montgomery Newspapers on Sept. 26, 2012
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