Mary Irene Kern
The Mass of Christian Burial for Mary Irene Kern will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, October 4, 2013, at St. Hubert's Catholic Church in Blue Grass, with Father Arlie Sowada as celebrant. Friends may call on Thursday from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Johnson-Schuller Chapel in Wadena, with Rosary at 6:00 and Parish Prayers at 7:00. Visitation will resume at the church on Friday from 9:00 a.m. until the time of Mass. Mary passed away at the age of 88, on Sunday, September 29, 2013 at Fair Oaks Lodge in Wadena.
Mary Irene Kern was born to Adam and Emily (Botzet) on October 15, 1924 in North Germany Township, Wadena County, MN. She attended District 23 country school through the eighth grade. Mary worked on the family farm and was caretaker to her invalid mother for many years and continued to care for her father after her mother passed away. She was a devoted daughter, loving sister and aunt. She worked hard, had unwavering faith, a steadfast commitment to her parents and unconditional love for her brothers, sisters and their children. Mary was a wonderful cook and always had baked goods for her many visitors.
Mary was more than just an aunt to her numerous nieces and nephews, she was a mother, mentor and friend. She had a great sense of humor and loved playing practical jokes. She loved children, birds, animals and "the farm".
Mary was a lifelong member of St. Huberts Catholic Church, belonged to Christian Women and was a Circle member.
Preceding her in death were her parents Adam and Emily; brothers Clement, Raymond (Madonna), Robert (Ernestine) and Edward (Esther) Kern; sister Hildegard (Leo) Uselman; nephews Jeff Uselman and Mike Kern; and brother-in-law Joe Stoltman.
She is survived by her brother William of Blue Grass; sister Delores Stoltman of Minnetonka; sister-in-law Margaret Kern of Blue Grass; along with many nieces, nephews and friends.
Honorary pallbearers will be all of her nieces and nephews. Serving as pallbearers will be Gary Kern, Gene Kern, Joe Kern, Tom Kern, Alex Mimmack, Dean Uselman, Greg Uselman and Steve Uselman.
Burial will be at St. Huberts Catholic Cemetery in Bluegrass, MN.
Arrangements are with the Schuller Family Funeral Homes Johnson-Schuller Chapel in Wadena. (www.SchullerFamilyFH.com)