Suzanne M. Kern, 61
June 3, 1953 -- May 25, 2015

Suzanne M. Kern (nee Held)Suzanne M. Kern (nee Held) passed away on Monday, May 25, 2015, at The Kathy Hospice surrounded by her loving family. She was born in Hartford on June 3, 1953, to Richard and Margaret (nee Schulteis) Held. She attended St. Peter School and graduated from Slinger High School, class of ’71. Sue married Donald Kern on Dec. 22, 1990, at Holy Angels Parish in West Bend. She was a respiratory therapist for St. Joseph’s Hospital in West Bend for 32 years and later worked as a 3K aide at St. Peter Catholic School. Sue played softball for many years and also enjoyed bowling and gardening. She loved spending time with her family and taking care of her grandsons.

She is survived by her husband, Don; daughter, Shelley (nee Howard) (Derrick) Disterhaft; grandchildren, Kaden and Mason Disterhaft; mother, Margaret Held; brothers, Ronald Held, Rick (LaVonne) Held and Jack (Regan) Held; father-in-law, Richard Kern; and siblings-in-law, Mary Jo (Eugene) Helnes, Randy Kern, William (Janice) Kern, Susan (Roger) Devenport, Joan (Doug) Savard and Daniel Kern. She is further survived by aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends. Sue is preceded in death by her father, Richard Held; mother-in-law, Barbara Kern; nephew, Sean Held; and other aunts, uncles and cousins.

The memorial Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Friday, May 29, 2015, at 6:30 p.m. at St. Peter Catholic Church (200 E. Washington St., Slinger) with the Rev. Richard Stoffel presiding. The visitation will be held at the church on Friday, May 29, from 2:30-6:15 p.m. Inurnment will take place at new St. Peter Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to St. Peter School (206 E. Washington St., Slinger, WI 53086).

The family would like to say “thank you” to all for the tender, loving care offered to Suzanne.

The Phillip Funeral Home of West Bend is assisting the family: 262-338-2050 or online at