Florence D. Kershner, 91, Raybestos worker, LEFC member, missionary, studied PA Dutch language

By on August 21, 2019

Florence D. “Flossie” Kershner, 91, of Lititz, died peacefully at home surrounded by her family on Sunday, Aug. 18, 2019.

Born in Maytown, she was the daughter of the late Howard N. and Florence Hershey Derstler. Flossie was the wife of the late Gerald L. Kershner, who died in August of 2010.

Flossie worked in the personnel department for Raybestos Manhattan, (Raymark Industries) in Manheim for over 30 years. She was a member of Lancaster Evangelical Free Church, Lititz, and served as a missionary with her husband with WEC International in the Middle East (Turkey) for three years. She and her husband also served for brief terms as missionaries in Canada, Guatemala, Japan, Peru, and Bosnia.

Flossie continued to support missions by serving with Golden Years to help promote volunteerism among people in their retirement years who would consider missions. She was a life-long learner, spending time in her later years studying the Pennsylvania Dutch language. Flossie’s interests included: counted cross stitch, knitting and crocheting, and she made many sweaters, afghans, and donated many hats and blankets to the Lancaster General Hospital for infant care.

Surviving are three sons: Robert R., husband of Dianne Shaub of Columbia; Timothy J., husband of Sandy Shaub of Elizabethtown; Michael G. husband of Darlene Shaub of Marietta; two stepsons: Kenneth L., husband of Catherine Kershner of Fairbanks, Alaska; Kurt L., husband of Mary Kershner of Macungie; nine grandchildren; two step-grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; a sister: Hilda Young of Bethlehem; and two brothers: David, husband of Joyce Derstler; Gordon, husband of Lois Derstler all of Lititz.

Preceding her in death are two sisters: Grace Stoner, Edith Vogel; and two brothers: Hershey and Paul Derstler.

Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend Flossie’s funeral service at the Lancaster Evangelical Free Church, 419 Pierson Road, Lititz, on Sunday, Aug. 25, at 4 p.m. There will be a viewing at the church on Sunday afternoon from 3 p.m until the time of the service. Interment will be private in Old Zion Cemetery, Warwick Township.

Those desiring may send contributions in Flossie’s memory to New Wayv Ministries, 105 S. Market St. #101, Elizabethtown, PA 17022.

To place a condolence online, visit BuchFuneral.com. Buch Funeral Home, Manheim, handled the arrangements.

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