Ralph J. Kern, 89

Ralph J. Kern, 89, of Kewaskum, passed away on Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2008, at Ivy Manor in Campbellsport.

He was born on Nov. 21, 1918 in Hartford, the son of the late John and Rose (Gitter) Kern. He attended St. Kilian Catholic School in Hartford, graduating from eighth grade in 1931.

On Oct. 23, 1943, he was united in marriage to Cordell Hurth at St. Kilian Catholic Church in St. Kilian.

The couple farmed in the Kewaskum area for about 25 years and then moved to the village of Kewaskum, where he was employed by Miller Furniture until his retirement.

He was a member of Holy Trinity Catholic Church, where he served as an usher.

Ralph enjoyed the Morning Coffee Club with his friends Elmer Halen, Al Zehren, Don Seil, and previously (now de-ceased) Lester Strobel, Maurice Hovland, David Backhaus and Lee Schaub at CampbellÍs Village Inn and the Gateway restaurants. He also enjoyed playing cards, dining out, traveling with family and Packer football.

Survivors include his loving wife and best friend of 65 years, Cordell; a son, Robert R. Kern of Orion, Mich.; four loving grandchildren, Tari L. Kern, DVM, and her husband Christopher Moceri of Chesterfield, Mich., Kristine Kern of Detroit, Matthew Kern of Ypsilanti, Mich. and Jonathan Kern (fiance Emily) of Chicago; a sister, Verna Herriges of West Bend; a sister-in-law, Florence Bonlender of Kewaskum; six nieces, Josie (Tom) Gobel, DDS, of Fort At-kinson, Shirley Malfroid of Sussex, Jeannette (Larry) Weber of Hartford, JoAnne (Ray) Sip-pel of Waucousta, Susan Batzler of St. Kilian and Donna (Mark) Lauben-stein of Saukville, other relatives and friends.

In addition to his parents, Ralph was preceded in death by his in-laws, Peter and Susan Hurth; his sisters-in-law, Mary Dietenberger, Marcella Batzler and Dolores Boegel; his brothers-in-law, John Dietenberger, Joseph Batzler, Reinhold Boegel, Carl Herriges and Reynold Bon-lender and a nephew, Gerald Batzler.

A Mass of Christian burial for Ralph will be held at noon on Saturday, Nov. 22, 2008, at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Ke-waskum. The Rev. Edwin Kornath will officiate and burial will follow in the parish cemetery.

Relatives and friends may call at the church on Saturday from 9:30 a.m. until the time of Mass.

In lieu of flowers, the family would prefer memorial contributions to Holy Trinity Catholic Church.

The Miller Funeral Home in Kewaskum has been entrusted with RalphÍs arrangements. Additional information and guest book may be found at www.millermartinfh.com.

The family would like to express their appreciation to Dr. Kaizad Machhi, Dr. Andrew Guminski, St. Joseph's Hospital, The Crossings at Cedar Community and Ivy Manor Care Home of Campbellsport.