Gertrude "Trudy" Mary (Boardman) Kerner

Born: Fri., Sep. 7, 1923
Died: Fri., Jul. 7, 2017


12:00 PM to 1:00 PM, Tue., Jul. 11, 2017
Location: Garber Brethren Church

Funeral Service

1:00 PM Tue., Jul. 11, 2017
Location: Garber Brethren Church

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Gertrude (Trudy) Mary (Boardman) Kerner (93) of Ashland, Ohio passed away on July 7, 2017. She was born on September 7, 1923 in Huinca Renancó, Argentina, to Edwin and Muriel Boardman, who served as missionaries in that country. The Boardmans returned to the United States when Trudy was several months old, and settled in Waterloo, Iowa.  When Trudy was six years old, the family moved to Torresdale, Pennsylvania, where Trudy attended Frankford High School. During this time, she met her future husband, William (Bill) Kerner, through her church activities. Trudy attended Ashland College from 1941 to 1945, earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in Education.  She married Bill in 1947, and they remained married for 67 years. Bill and Trudy moved to Mansfield, Ohio later that year and started a family. In 1968, Bill felt the call to Christian ministry and attended seminary while Trudy taught English at Madison High School in Mansfield. After Bill graduated from seminary, he was called to pastor the First Brethren Church in Roann, Indiana, where Bill and Trudy ministered until 1978. Later that year, Bill was called to pastor Meadowcrest Brethren Church in Fort Wayne, Indiana. In 1980, Bill and Trudy relocated to Ashland, Ohio where Bill served as Director of Pastoral Ministries for the Brethren Church. Bill and Trudy enjoyed retirement in Ashland since 1993.

Trudy was preceded in death by her parents, Edwin and Muriel Boardman, her husband William Kerner, and infant son James Edward Kerner.

Trudy’s surviving family includes sisters Elizabeth Richmond of Bellville, Ohio, Muriel Aurand of Shelby, Ohio, and Edwin (Elizabeth) Boardman, Jr of Oro Valley, Arizona. Surviving children include daughter Charlotte (Edward) Chow of Leesburg, VA, daughter Virginia (Elmar) Goble of Batavia, OH; son William (Janet) Kerner Jr. of Overland Park, KS, and son David (Diane) Kerner of Beverly Hills, CA. Surviving grandchildren include Laurie (Chris) Pitsch and children Alexander, Carissa, Braden, and Elizabeth of Monroe, OH; Kristin (Eddie) Hunter and children Evan and Brooklyn of New Richmond, OH; Ryan Goble of Cincinnati, OH; Christopher Chow of Centreville, VA; Evangeline (James) DuValeus , children Adam, Mia, and Ethan of Aldie, VA; Erin (Charles) Wilson and daughters Sylvia and Alice of Columbus, OH; Karla Kerner of Maui, HI and Joel Kerner of Chicago, IL.

Funeral services will be held at 1:00 P.M. on Tuesday, July 11, 2017 at the Garber Brethren Church 163 Sherman Ave. Ashland, Ohio 44805 with Rev. Dave Cooksey officiating.  Friends may visit with the family one hour prior to the service at the church.  Burial will follow at Ashland County Memorial Park. 

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Gary Stone
   Posted Tue July 11, 2017
Our sincere sympathy to your family. Thoughts and prayers are with you.

God Bless
Gary and Ronda Stone

   Posted Wed July 12, 2017
To Mrs. Kerner's family, My prayers and thoughts are with all of you. She was my High School English teacher my senior year in 1965-66 school year. I ran into her at the hospital while I was having my daughter. We remembered each other and I tried to stay in contact her at Christmas time. I did get to see her once about three years ago. I also got to see your Dad. What a treat for me. We had a nice call and we got to pray with each other. I will always treasure her memory with all the Christmas cards I received and got caught up with the news of her family, which she loved. God Bless all of you. Katy

Darwin & Carol Lee
   Posted Fri July 14, 2017
Trudy was a great and gifted teacher that added tremendously to the sunday school class we enjoyed together at Garber Brethren Church. She loved her family, church and God and it was evident in all her ways.

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