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Bernard T. Kerstetter

September 4, 2013
Lewistown Sentinel

RICHFIELD - Bernard T. Kerstetter, 84, of the Richfield Senior Living and Rehabilitation Center, Richfield, and formerly of McAlisterville, died at 2:10 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 2, 2013, at the center.

Born on Aug. 11, 1929, in Greenwood Township, Juniata County, he was a son of the late Morris F. Sr. and Jennie E. (Forry) Kerstetter. On May 9, 1953, he married his surviving wife, Caroline J. (Rapp) Kerstetter, with whom he shared more than 60 years of marriage.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by: his children, Warren E. Kerstetter and his wife, Cynthia, Bradley W. Kerstetter and his wife, Melissa, and Catherine K. Sieber and her husband, Kenneth, all of McAlisterville, Rebecca K. Powley and her husband, Dennis Sr., of Plains, Mont.; two brothers, Glenn Kerstetter, of Millerstown, and Ralph Kerstetter and his wife, AnnaMae, of Mount Pleasant Mills; one sister-in-law, Erma Kerstetter, of Richfield; and he leaves behind four grandchildren, Kelly Kerstetter, Jon Kerstetter, Evan Kerstetter and Erin Kerstetter; and two great- grandchildren, Rylie Kerstetter and Coltin Kerstetter.

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Bernard T. Kerstetter

One brother, Morris F. Kerstetter Jr., one sister, Ruth E. Swartz and her husband, Amos, and one sister-in-law, Hazel Kerstetter, preceded him in death.

Bernard was a 1947 graduate of Greenwood High School and a member of the Richfield United Methodist Church. He was also a former member of the Tennis Lodge F&AM, Thompsontown, Royal Arch Lodge, Newport, the Mahantango Grange, was a seventh degree member of the Pa. State Grange and had served as a director of the Juniata County Conservation Board. In 1966, he was awarded the Juniata County District Outstanding Farmer Award.

Mr. Kerstetter was a lifelong self-employed farmer who proudly served his country as a radio operator in the U.S. Army during the Korean War.

Being an avid outdoorsman, he enjoyed bird- watching, hunting, fishing and camping with his family and friends. He also enjoyed going to watch football games and watching the Redskins and Penn State football teams play on television. As was tradition, Bernard enjoyed making barbecued chicken for family reunions.

The family would like to thank the many neighbors, friends and the caregivers at the Richfield Senior Living and Rehabilitation Center, who enriched his life.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 7, 2013, at the Richfield United Methodist Church, Richfield, with Pastor Ken Brown officiating. Interment will follow in the Richfield Union Cemetery, where the Juniata County Veterans Council will accord full military burial honors.

Viewing will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 6, 2013, and from 10 a.m. until the time of service Saturday at the church.

For those who wish, memorial donations in Mr. Kerstetter's memory may be made to the Richfield United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 206, Richfield, PA 17086.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the Brown Funeral Homes, Inc., 111 Westfall St., McAlisterville.

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