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Edward W. McKerns

Posted By DeBord-Snyder Funeral Home & Crematory On April 2, 2013 @ 8:24 am In Obituaries | 4 Comments

Edward W. McKerns, 92, died peacefully on Friday night following a brief illness. He was the beloved husband of Gladys Millard McKerns with whom he would have celebrated his 70th wedding anniversary on April 24th. Ed was born in Mahanoy City, PA and was the youngest of four children of John and Maria Tanner McKerns.
Ed moved to Lancaster and worked for Armstrong World Industries for 38 years, retiring as a 1st class metal mechanic. He enjoyed gardening, and long before the fitness craze, he was a tireless walker. He walked to work, to the Central Market and, after retirement, he would walk from his home to the Manor Restaurant for breakfast every morning. Ed was also an enthusiastic Notre Dame football fan, and fondly remembered trips to South Bend and bowl games. He followed several local teams as well, regularly watching the McCaskey and F&M football and basketball teams.
Ed and Gladys enjoyed traveling and visited more than 38 countries. They particularly loved Germany and Spain, often staying for several weeks and making many friends while they were there. They will be missed deeply by Janie and Manny Lanzos, who often accompanied them on their travels.
Although Ed and Gladys did not have children, they claimed Joanne (Fallan) Freund and Pat Fallan as their own, celebrating holidays and life’s milestones with them.
Ed is survived by his wife, Gladys, and several nieces and nephews. His wife wishes to thank their nieces Sue Mooney and Donna Thomason for their ongoing support. An informal memorial will be held for Ed at a later date.


Condolences for the family of “Edward W. McKerns”

Condolence from Al and Linda Beasley on April 3rd, 2013 8:40 am

Gladys, Al and I were so sorry to read of “Mac’s” passing…
We couldn’t have asked for better neighbors and were so kind to our boys…
We will will always remember those good times on Fordney Road…
I still have the piece from your hutch that has the cross and the cup engraved in it…what great memories…when “Mac” was walking and Al would see him he felt guilty for not picking him up and to take him where ever, but that was “Mac”..please accept our Deepest Sympathy’s….Fondly Al and Linda Beasley

Condolence from Linda Cranston on April 3rd, 2013 4:20 pm

Eddie was one of the nicest people I ever met. When I waited on Eddie people used to say say “why are you so nice to him?” I’d say”because he was always nice to me!” He will be missed.
Love to you and to Eddie…Linda

Condolence from Sherman & Walton, Inc. on April 4th, 2013 9:34 am

Mrs. McKerns, We are sorry for your loss. Our thoughts are with you during this difficult time. Sherman & Walton, Inc.

Condolence from Jean Pettit Bleecher on April 5th, 2013 2:25 pm

I believe I played pinochle with Eddie at Armstrong when they had the tournaments. We actually won some. Eddie was a kind person and I had a lot of fun being his partner in the tournaments. We served on several committees together in the Activities Association. Seeing his picture brought back many happy menories of Armstrong. You have my deepest sympathy….Jean

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