Emma Kerns, 85

Emma Louise Kerns, age 85, of Burr Oak, Michigan passed away early Thursday morning June 23, 2011 at the Sturgis Hospital.

She was born December 7, 1925 in LaGrange County, Indiana a daughter of the late Franklin J. and Irene (Johnson) Friend.

Emma had resided in the Burr Oak area for over 40 years. Her early life was lived in the LaGrange, Indiana area.

On June 10, 1947 she married William S. Kerns in Wolcottville, Indiana.

Mrs. Kerns was a dedicated wife and mother and for many years did babysitting in her home.

She enjoyed word search puzzles, going for car and boat rides and she loved her cats. Emma was happiest when she was surrounded by her family especially her grandchildren and great grandchildren.

She is survived by her loving and dedicated husband of 64 years, William, two sons, William F. Kerns and Donald (Peggy) Kerns both of Sturgis, four grandchildren, Josh Kerns, Evan Kern and Jessica Kerns all of Sturgis and Chris Greeley of Marietta, Ohio, three great grandchildren, Jessa Kerns, Kylee Kerns and Corey Greeley, one sister, Betty Krontz of Sturgis, one brother, Frank Friend of Howe, Indiana and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents and one sister, Margaret Miller.

The family will receive friends from 9:30 – 10:45 A.M. Saturday at the Hackman Family Funeral Homes – Rosenberg Chapel, 807 E. Chicago Rd., Sturgis, MI 49091, 269-651-3284. Funeral service celebrating the life of Emma L. Kerns will be held at 11:00 A.M. Saturday at the funeral home. The Rev. Barry Sommerfield of the Celebration Community Church of Sturgis will officiate. Cremation will follow the service. A graveside committal and burial of the ashes will take place at 1:00 P.M. Saturday July 16, 2011 at the Burr Oak Cemetery in Burr Oak.

Memorial donations would be appreciated to the family c/o: Donald Kerns, 28160 Timberly Dr., Sturgis, MI 49091.

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