Kathleen A. Kern, age 80, of Mentone, passed away on Friday, July 8, 2022, at 9:50 a.m. at home with her loving family.

Kathleen was born to Peter H. and Mary Arnold Stilwill on July 17, 1941, in Millington, Mich.

She has lived in Mentone the past two years, and before that, she lived in Marana, Ariz. She graduated from Mayville High School in Mayville, Mich. She married Albert Kern on July 23, 1960. She attended Mentone First Baptist Church. She was a homemaker, and a waitress and school bus driver in earlier years. She was a baker, party planner, enjoyed sewing, making her own dresses, coloring and getting as many hugs as possible from her family and grandchildren. Most of all, she loved her children and was very proud of the entire family. She was a good mother.

Kathleen is survived by her husband, Albert; her children: Albert W. Kern Jr., of Etna Green; June C. Braden, of Millington, Mich.; Daniel T. Kern, of Warsaw; 13 grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; her brothers: Delbert Stilwill, of St. Petersburg, Fla.; Dean Stilwill, of Lake Placid, Fla.; and her sister, Beverly Linton, of Fort Smith, Ark.

Kathleen is preceded in death by her parents, Peter and Mary Stilwill; her sisters: Joyce Stilwill and Virginia Baldwin; and her brother, Harold Stilwill.

Cremation has been chosen and no services are planned at this time.

Memorial donations may be made to First Baptist Church of Mentone, 206 S. Oak St., Mentone, IN 46539.

Thank you to all our friends and community for your support during this difficult time.

Deaton-Clemens Funeral Home wishes to extend our deepest condolences to the Kern family and are honored to be providing our services in celebrating the life of Kathleen.

Friends are invited to sign the online guest book and share memories with the family at www.deatonclemensfh.com.