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Helen Kerner

November 4, 1932 — April 19, 2015

H. "Ruth" Kerner, 82, of Alpha, Illinois died Saturday, April 19, 2015 at Rosewood Care Center in Galesburg. Services are 10:30 AM Thursday April 23, 2015 at Peterson-Wallin-Knox Funeral Home in Alpha. Burial is in the Pleasant View Cemetery in Kewanee. Visitation is from 5-7 PM Wednesday at the funeral home where a memorial fund will be established. Online condolences can be made at

She was born November 4, 1932 in rural Kewanee, IL to Charles and Helen White Stone. Ruth attended the Kewanee schools. On August 12, 1950, she married Louis M. Kerner in Galva, IL.

Ruth was a homemaker. Prior to her marriage, she was employed at People's Cleaners and the Boss Factory in Kewanee.

She was a former member of the Kewanee Hospital Auxiliary and enjoyed quilting, crocheting, embroidery and especially being with her family.

Survivors include her husband, Louis, one son, David (Teresa) Kerner of Galva, 5 grandchildren, Angela Freberg of Alpha, Amy (Rich Waggoner) Freberg of New Windsor, Chad (Caroline) Freberg of Illinois City, Amanda Freberg of Colona, Josh Porter of Galva, 7 great grandchildren, several nieces and nephews.

Her parents, one daughter, Doreen, one son, Virgil and two brothers preceded her in death.

Visitation Details

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2015, 5:00pm - 7:00pm, Peterson Wallin Knox - Alpha, Illinois

Service Details

Thursday, April 23rd, 2015, 10:30am, Peterson Wallin Knox - Alpha, Illinois

Interment Details

Pleasant View Cemetery

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