Carole Lynn Kern

October 17, 1932 ‒ September 10, 2020

Delaware, Ohio

Carole Lynn (Main) Kern, 87, of Delaware, passed away peacefully in her sleep early Thursday morning September 10, 2020 in her home.

She was born October 17, 1932 in Delaware, Ohio. She was the daughter of Don & Betty (Masters) Mackey. Carole graduated from Willis High School in 1950. She attended Ohio University majoring in home economics. She was a member of William Street Methodist Church and participated in many Delaware organizations. Carole was on the boards for Sarah Moore, and Grady Hospital. She was also a member of Daughters of the American Revolution, the Mayflower Society, and Eastern Star. She was involved in her children’s activities such as Girl Scout leader, Boy Scout den mother, a band parent, and PTA to name a few as well as shuttling her children and their friends to their various musical activities, clubs, and sports.

She was preceded in death by her parents. Her husband James Kern in 2007, who she was married to for 54 years. Also preceded in death by her brother Bob and son-in-law Steve Miller.

Left to cherish her memory are her sons Timothy and Bradley (Maria) Kern; daughters Lisa Miller, Melia (Don) Hyatt, Jill (Craig) Cunnington, Nancy (Gary) Ruby, and Susan Moeger; 13 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren; numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Carole enjoyed her German social clubs such as the Columbus Damien Sektion, Germania, and Swiss Clubs. She was active in community Organizations like the senior citizens center, Jaycees and American Legion auxiliaries. She spent a lot of time with her grandchildren watching old movies, assembling puzzles, taking them to historical places, and teaching them to cook. She and Jim enjoyed travelling the U.S. and Canada with their 7 children in their pop-up camper. She and Jim also travelled worldwide with their grocer friends and Maennerchor family. Carole particularly enjoyed her trips to Alaska, Ireland, and Australia. She also enjoyed spending many winters in Florida with her daughters. Carole’s greatest achievement was her family, and those close to her will remember her as the loving and caring wife, mother, grandmother, and great grandmother that she was.

Private family services will be held at the convenience of the family. Burial will be at Oak Grove Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be directed towards Hospice of Central Ohio, 2269 Cherry Valley Rd. SE, Newark, Ohio 43055

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The Snyder-Rodman Funeral Center in Delaware is assisting the family with arrangements.

  • In Friendship and caring we want the entire family to know we are thinking of you and praying for you – May all those beautiful memories of your Mom flood in she’s holding you right now . God has and will bless and comfort all of you . Like our Mom’s she is safely home in Heaven – Poppy and Lori If I may I have a couple great memories to share at our High School after prom parties Carol got right out on the dance floor too! I’ll send that picture to you Nancy and David will remember when I rode up to the house unannounced on my gold wing motorcycle and your Grandma just laughed and said what are you up to now! Your Grandma made people feel special I know you get that , all of you make all of us feel loved too , your one big beautiful family We love you guys

  • Jill, my deepest condolences. I have happy memories visiting your house when we were in elementary school.

  • As a close friend of Lisa’s, I’ve known Carole for many years. She was very much loved by her family, and I hold them in my prayers, knowing that God is holding her in His loving arms.

  • Oh the memories I have at the Ketn household
    My childhood would not be as happy if your family weren’t in it. Carol was always warm and fun

  • That smiling picture of her seems to pretty much sums up her outlook. So sorry for the journey of grief you all must travel but so encouraged by her story of service and lasting impact. Hugs.

  • Dear Tim and Family,
    You have my deepest sympathy and prayers at your mothers passing. Remember all of the good and loving times that all of you have had as a family.

  • So sorry for your loss. Loosing a mother is a hard loss, they are the keeper of the memories , the fount of knowledge and they’re your mom- no one can replace them. Remember all your great moments and carry them in your heart….I am so sorry for your loss…

  • Tim and Family,
    I am so sorry to hear about the passing of such a remarkable and caring lady. My Deepest Sympathy in addition to Prayers for the Kern Family.

  • Dear Tim and family,

    Our deepest symphony on the loss of your mother. Carole was a great supporter of the Delaware County Historical Society. She was always active and involved and made our community a better place with her in it. We will miss her.

    The Delaware County Historical Society

  • So sorry to hear about your mom. I remember seeing your parents many times at the Maennerchor . My prayers are with and your family. Joyce Fout

  • I have so many happy memories spending time in the Kern household. Both Carole and Jim included me me as if I were part of the family. I send my deepest condolences to all the family during this difficult time. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

  • I am so sorry to hear about your Mom, I know how hard it is to lose your Mom. I remember the times your Mom and and Dad spent with my Mom, Helene Bachelor, who worked at the US Store, I felt like your family was a part of ours in a way, I remember one time when your family went on vacation, you kids were little and had a bassett hound named Charlie Brown, he was just a puppy, your parents asked me to puppy set for him while you were gone. I enjoyed talking to your Mom when I would see her. She was a wonderful person and raised a wonderful family. My parents always enjoyed the Christmas parties the store put on, your family made each and every one of the employees a part of your family. Carole and Jim also cared for the employees families as well. You have a lot to be proud of to have had a Mother like Carole. She will be missed by many.

  • Kern Family,
    Just saw Carol’s obituary in the This Week Delaware News. So sorry to hear of your mom’s passing. Now she is in Heaven with your dad & at peace with our Lord.
    Sincerely, Neighbors Joyce & Jack Kasper

  • I knew Carole from her time at Sourcepoint. She loved her class at the pool. She was always such a joy to be around. She was always so kind to me. Whenever I think about her, it brings a smile to my face. She was loved. My heart goes out to her family and friends. We lost a very special lady.