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Lenora Emma Kern

Lenora Emma Kern, age 89, of Lester Prairie, passed away Nov. 8, 2001, at the Glencoe Hospital following a brief illness.

Lenora was born Jan. 20, 1912 in Lester Prairie, the daughter of Fredrick and Clara (nee Tonn) Werth.

She was baptized Feb. 28, 1912 at St Peter's Lutheran Church, by the Rev. W. Baumhoefener and confirmed in her faith March 28, 1926 at that same church by the Rev. J. Schert.

Lenora was united in marriage to Edward Kern Oct. 12, 1937. This union was blessed with the births of five children.

They made their home living on a farm near Lester Prairie. In the early 1950s, they moved to a farm southeast of Howard Lake and joined St. James Lutheran Church.

Lenora enjoyed quilting, baking, canning and gardening. She was a member of the church's Naomi Guild making quilts for missions.

Lenora was preceded in death by her parents, Fredrick and Clara Werth; husband, Edward Kern; three brothers, Gilbert Werth, Fred Werth and William Werth, one sister-in-law, Mathilda Werth, and one granddaughter, Vanessa Kern.

She is survived by her children, Wallace Kern and wife Darlene, Beatrice Zeltmann and husband Don, Waldemar (Pete) Kern and wife Gretta, Barbara Smith and fiancee Truman Asleson, and Warren Kern; one sister, Alice Stuedeman; and three sisters-in-law, Elda Werth, Aurelia Werth and Leone Kera; 18 grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren; nieces; nephews; and a host of relatives and friends.

Funeral services were Nov. 12, 2001 at St. James Lutheran Church, Howard Lake with the Rev. Michael Nirva and the Rev. Martin Schoenfeld officiating.

The organist was Nancy Butterfass. Internment was at the St. James Cemetery.

Pallbearers were her grandsons: Ronald Kern, Randy Kern, Greg Kern, Charles Kern, Christopher Kern, Travis Kern, Wyatt Kern, Jonathan Smith, Jeff Smith, Jason Smith, and Nathan Zellmann.

Arrangements were made by the Swanson-Peterson Funeral Home of Howard Lake.

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