Obituary for KERSCHEN

Published in the Albuquerque Journal on Saturday December 27, 2014

KERSCHEN, MARTHA M. Martha Kerschen was called to heaven on December 21, 2014 with her extended family at her bedside. Martha was preceded in death by her grandson Kyle and brothers James and John Jesko. She is survived by her sister Gwen Hacker of Hereford, Texas, daughter Rosemary and Mike Dunivan of Albuquerque, sons Ed Kerschen and Lisa Wolfe of Tucson, Arizona, Tom and Diane of Albuquerque, Bill and Kim of Albuquerque, nine grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren. Martha was born at home to Ed and Rosalie Jesko on their farm in Palmer County, Texas in 1929. She is a graduate of Muleshoe High School and majored in music at Incarnate Word College in San Antonio, Texas. She married Bob Kerschen in Hereford Texas in 1948. They moved to Stanley, NM in 1953 and to Albuquerque in 1957. She used her musical talent as an organist at Queen of Heaven Catholic Church for 50 years and as a piano teacher. Her students, including her children to great-grandchildren, enjoyed her patient and loving instruction. Despite being partially paralyzed from polio in 1955, nothing was too hard for her to take on for her children. There could not have been a more loving mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother in all of God's great creation. A celebration of her life will be held Friday, December 26th at 7:00 p.m. at French Mortuary, 7121 Wyoming Blvd N.E. A funeral Mass will be held Saturday, December 27th at lO a.m. at Queen of Heaven Church, 5310 Claremont Ave N.E. Interment immediately following at Gate of Heaven Cemetery. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Locker #505: Student's Clothing Bank, P.O. Box 94735, Albuquerque, NM 87199 or EI Ranchito de los Ninos, 2 Puesta Del Sol, Los Lunas, NM 87031.