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Bertha Elizabeth Keirn

May 31, 1920 June 10, 2018
Bertha Elizabeth Keirn
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Obituary for Bertha Elizabeth Keirn

Bertha Elizabeth Keirn, 98, of Royal Oak, MI, died peacefully on June 10th, 2018 at Arbor Inn in Warren as her body could no longer match her exceptional will to live. “Liz” Keirn, was born May 31, 1920 in Franklin, Pennsylvania, the daughter of Robert and Lola Shoup. She grew up in Vandergrift, Pennsylvania, where she met and eventually married her high school sweetheart, Raymond Keirn. With her bachelor’s degree in nursing, she and newly commissioned, Lieutenant Keirn, started their life’s adventure together bouncing from one Army camp to another until Ray was sent overseas. After the war, Ray’s job brought them to the Detroit area, where they settled in Royal Oak.

Ray died suddenly in 1960, thrusting her into the role of single parent to two boys, Jef and Rick. While she gave much to her boys, she gave the rest of her life’s effort to the service of her church.

She is survived by her son, Dr. Richard (Gail) Keirn; daughter-in-law, Sandi Keirn of Celina, TX; and grandsons, Michael (Nell) Valentine of Starkville, MS, Patrick (Keri) Valentine of Morgantown, WV, Andrew Keirn (Sarah Fialek) of Muskegon, MI; as well as 5 great grandchildren, Heather Valentine, Griffin Valentine, Alexandra Baldwin, Simon Valentine, and Bentley Keirn. She was preceded in death by her husband, Raymond Keirn; her son, Jef Keirn; her parents; and her great grandson, Gabriel Valentine.

A memorial in Liz’s honor will be held on June 24th at 12:30 PM at Cana Lutheran Church, 2119 Catalpa Dr, Berkley.

Donations should be made to Cana Lutheran Church– Elizabeth Keirn “Toys for Kids” Fund to help provide Christmas gifts to children who would otherwise go without.


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Service

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24

Jun

12:30 PM 6/24/2018 12:30:00 PM
Cana Lutheran Church

2119 Catalpa Drive
Berkley, MI 48072

Cana Lutheran Church
2119 Catalpa Drive Berkley 48072 MI
United States

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Cana Lutheran Church

2119 Catalpa Drive
Berkley, MI 48072
Donations should be made to Cana Lutheran Church– Elizabeth Keirn “Toys for Kids” Fund to help provide Christmas gifts to children who would otherwise go without.
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