Elaine S. (Gumz) Kersten

Born: Thu., Oct. 22, 1925
Died: Wed., Jun. 2, 2010

Funeral Service

3:00 PM Sat., Jun. 12, 2010

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Elaine S. Kersten

October 22, 1925June 2, 2010



Elaine Shirley Kersten, 84, of South Bend died at 5:40 a.m. Wednesday, June 2, 2010 in Regency Place of South Bend.  She was born October 22, 1925 in Milwaukee, WI to the late Norman and Ella (Tamms)Gumz and had lived in South Bend since 1957 coming from Seymour, IN.  She is survived by two sons, Glenn E. Kersten (Nancy) of Matteson, IL and Mark Kersten (Marleen) of Bully Valley, IL; and two grandchildren, Elisa and Matthias Kersten.  She was preceded in death by a sister Joan White and brother, Philip Gumz.  Elaine had been employed by American Door, Tools and Services, and the South Bend Public Library.  She was a member of Order of Eastern Star for over 60 years and member and past president of Pilot Club International, South Bend.  Music was her passion and she sang with many choral groups, including the Indiana University Extension chorus.  Her final years were spent at Regency Place of South Bend where she acted as a resident advocate.  Funeral services will be held at 3:00 p.m. Saturday, June 12th in the Welsheimer Family Funeral Home North, 17033 Cleveland Rd.  Cremation will take place at Welsheimer Crematory.  Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of the donor’s choice.  Family and friends may leave e-mail condolences at www.welsheimer.com.


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Debby Myer (Berry)
   Posted Sun June 06, 2010
I'm sure you don't remember who I am, but your mother was a VERY important part of our family. She was my mother's BEST FRIEND for years. I am Esther Berry's middle daughter. Your mother was a wonderful gracious woman, and a superb friend to my mother. I remember her reaction to my mom's passing like it was just yesterday, and it is forever etched in my mind. She was a true friend, and I would like to imagine them sitting around a kitchen table somewhere over coffee "cathing up." My condolences to you and your family. May God comfort you and help you bear your burden of grief. She is truly in a better place now, I hope you find tremendous comfort in that. In Christian love,
Debby Berry Myer