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Visitation: 12 Noon., Friday, April 30, 2021

Location: Reformation Lutheran Church

Interment: Following the service

Location: Peninsula Memorial Park

It is with deep sorrow that we announce the death of our beloved mother, Irmgard Kershner on Friday, April 23, 2021. She was 88 years old. Born in Frankfurt Am Main, Germany, Irmgard was the youngest of four children, born to Friedrich (Fritz) and Erna Hedrich.  Mom’s childhood was affected by one of the darkest times in 20TH Century Germany, namely the rise of Nazism and the Second World War. As the bombing of Frankfurt intensified, she and her sister were sent to the country to live with relatives.

Following the war, mom became a dental assistant. She also helped her family launder and iron the American soldier’s uniforms during the hard economic times after the war. In 1948 mom met her love and future husband, Sergeant Jesse O. Kershner. They shared 54 loving years together until Dad’s death in February 2005 and raised their 2 sons, Michael and Franklin and daughter, Kathleen. Once married, Mom gave up her career to become a full-time homemaker. She came to the States in 1952 once Dad’s tour in Germany was up. Four years later Mom became a U.S. Citizen. With the exception of Korea, Mom and the family moved with Dad to each new assignment. Between 1959 and 1964 Dad was assigned to Frankfurt, Germany and Mom was able to reconnect with her mother and siblings. Dad’s last posting was Fort Eustis. Mom had always wanted her own home, so they bought a house, and the family settled in Newport News. Mom was the typical German homemaker. She kept an immaculate house, prepared delicious meals, loved to sew, loved flowers and to garden, and loved animals, especially her pets. Above all else Mom loved children. When her children, came home from school, she had drinks and snacks ready and was interested in how our day went. She provided day care for some of her grandchildren and watched some of the neighbors’ children when asked. Children’s needs were her top priority.

Mom was predeceased by her husband, Jesse Kershner; her parents, Friedrich and Erna Hedrich; her brothers, Ernst and Heinz Hedrich (who was killed in the war); her sister, Herta Muller. She is survived by her children, Michael and Franklin Kershner, and daughter, Kathleen Hedgepeth; grandchildren, Shannon Halterman and husband, Kelvin, Lesley Parish, Nicole Hedgepeth, Ashley Hedgepeth, Skylar Hedgepeth and wife, Jasmine; great-grandchildren, Hector Rios, Trent Halterman, Austin Halterman, Lily Parish, Niklaus Hedgepeth and Jesse Hedgepeth; great-great-grandchildren, Stella and Franklin Rios and numerous nieces and nephews.

We thank the doctors, nurses and staff of Mary Immaculate Hospital and Bon Secours Hospice for their loving care during Mom’s final days. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Reformation Lutheran Church, 13100 Warwick Blvd, Newport News, 23608 or the Peninsula SPCA.

Mom was a kind gentle woman of strong Christian faith, and a member of Reformation Lutheran Church for 57 years. Her Funeral Service will be held at 12:00 Noon, Friday, April 30, 2021 at Reformation Lutheran Church. Interment will follow at Peninsula Memorial Park. Arrangements by Weymouth Funeral Home.

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#2 Lesley Parish 2021-04-30 01:48
Sorry for your loss and I thought of her often and had very happy memories of her.
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#1 Marian Bonacci 2021-04-29 03:11
Please accept my condolences on the loss of your Mother. I met her and Mike when I was a member of Reformation Lutheran Church. She was a wonderful person. Peace be with you.
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