Edward Charles "Ned" Kerber of Clarks Summit died Friday, December 2, 2011, at Allied Skilled Nursing.
His wife is the former Edith Bosher. The couple celebrated their 42nd wedding anniversary on June 28.
Born September 5, 1941, in Avoca, Pa., he was the son of the late Raymond and Margaret Kritzer Kerber. He was a student at Scranton Preparatory School and a graduate of St. Mary’s Assumption High School and Wilkes-Barre Business College.
Severely injured at age 11, Ned never gave up. There was no challenge he did not try to overcome. No love that he didn’t share. Ned never let his weaker limbs prevent his strong heart from showing support and compassion.
Following his childhood accident, Ned learned to walk again by working with his Elementary Music teacher. This started a life-long love of arts education and Sousa Marches. In support of that firm belief, he led the Jolly Boys Band in Avoca, was a founding member of the Lakeland Band Parents Association, and made sure that all four children played the musical instrument of their passions. Even when he was too weak to move himself in bed, he was able to march on, at least in spirit.
Ned never shied away from sharing his talent. From age 18 to 36, he was able to walk with a slight limp. During this time he served as a credit manager for the former McCrory’s and Pomeroy’s department stores. In 1967, he was hired by the Metropolitan Insurance Company where he worked as a Sales Representative and Sales Manager. In 1977, he was placed on permanent disability.
Ned did not let his disabled status define his life. Instead, he took the opportunity to commit his time to his family, his community, and his faith. He umpired his children’s baseball games, went camping, and was a leader with the Boy Scouts. He was a Gold Award Advisor and proud member of the Girl Scouts. Even though he was not physically able, he was a member of the Justus Volunteer Fire Company and helped with their billing.
He was a Roman Catholic by faith and a Third-Degree Knight in the Knights of Columbus. He was proudly ecumenical. He served on the Board of Trustees at the Chinchilla United Methodist Church. At the Chinchilla UMC, he helped put on children’s musicals and coordinated transportation for the Vacation Bible School. He was also active in the Abington Ecumenical Ministerium and helped to plan the annual CROP Walk in the late 1980s.
Ned loved railroading. He loved learning about railroad history and sharing stories about family members who worked on the railroad. He enjoyed collecting model trains and sharing his layout with family and friends. He kept in regular contact with his family and had a close relationship with even his third cousins.
The world was a better place because of him. He wanted everyone to be given a fair shot. He would sacrifice so that others would gain. He was not afraid to speak his mind, but also tried to find the common ground in people’s differences. There are many people who have turned to him for “fatherly” advice.
He was preceded in death by his brothers, James and Raymond, and his sister Alice Schott.
He is survived by a daughter, Amy Louise Barlow and husband, Joe, Clarks Summit; three sons, Edward Charles Kerber II and wife, Loriann, Clarks Summit; John Raymond Kerber and wife, Elizabeth Gaggin, East Rutherford, N.J.; and William Lewis Kerber and wife, Cherish, North Tonawanda, N.Y.
Also surviving are sisters, Cecile Manta and husband, Joseph, Flourtown, Pa.; and Margi McGinnis and husband, Gerald, State College, Pa. He was the proud grandfather of Jeffrey and Bryan Barlow, who were the light of his later life. He was supportive uncle to many nieces and nephews.
The family would like to thank the staff of the VNA Hospice and Allied Services for their care.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Tuesday, December 6, at 11 a.m. at Corpus Christi Church (St. John Vianney Parish, 704 Montdale Road, Scott Township, PA 18447, with the Rev. Michael J. Kirwin officiating. Friends may call for viewing on Monday, December 5, from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. at the Clarks Summit United Methodist Church, 1310 Morgan Highway, Clarks Summit, PA 18411.
Family and friends are asked to go directly to the Corpus Christi Church, on Tuesday morning. Interment will be held at the Willow View Cemetery, Clifford, Pa.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions should be given to the family and will be distributed to support the causes closest to Ned’s heart.
Arrangements are made by Kiesinger Funeral Services Inc., 255 McAlpine St., Duryea, Pa.
Online condolences may be made to www.kiesingerfuneralservices.com.