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Mother of Susan ’62 & Sally ’71 Kerscher passed away

Posted by mcauleyhighschool on August 13, 2014


Mary Kerscher

Mary U. Kerscher, age 96, died August 6, 2014, at the Parkcliffe Community where she resided for the past 5 1/2 years. Mary was born in Toledo on March 8, 1918, to Rudy and Marie Beckman. She was a 1936 graduate of Central Catholic High School. Mary married James C. Kerscher on October 26, 1940, and they celebrated 70 years of marriage before his death in 2010. Mary was a faith-filled woman with a very special devotion to the Virgin Mary. She was an active member of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church and served on the Altar and Rosary Society and was part of the Altar Care group. Any special needs were prayed for with her never ending Rosary Novenas.

Mary dearly loved her family, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. She was a beautiful seamstress and always made sure her daughters had the latest fashion. She looked forward to her weekly bridge games with her dear friends and made a mean sandwich with her “grind-up” concoction. Her salads were fabulous. There was always ice cream in her freezer and chocolate sauce, cherries, and whipped cream to make a sundae for whoever stopped to visit. You could always find Jim and Mary on the front porch on So. Detroit watching the cars go by. Mary was a member of the Maumee Senior Center where she enjoyed participating in a weekly bridge group and other activities with her many friends. Mary was a beautiful lady who will be missed by so many.

Mary is survived by her son, James E. (Lynda) Kerscher of Rome, GA; daughters, Susan (Joseph) Meyers of Toledo and Sally (Tony Horn) Kerscher of Bellevue, KY; grandsons, Mike and Craig Kerscher, and Jamie and Jon Meyers; great-grandchildren, Evan, Jay, Matthew, Mitchell, Tim, and Harper Lyn; and sister, Dolores Morris of Charlotte, NC. In addition to her husband, Mary was also preceded in death by her twin sister, Ruth Schlachter, and brothers, Edwin, Bernard, and Vincent Beckman.

Mary’s family would like to thank the wonderful caregivers at Parkcliffe for the compassionate and loving care that they gave to Mary and also to the aides and nurses of ProMedica Hospice. You are all beautiful.

Visitation will be from 9:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, August 16, 2014, at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church, 2255 Central Grove, Toledo, OH 43614 where a Memorial Mass will follow at 11:00 a.m. Memorial contributions may be made to ProMedica Hospice, 5200 Harroun Rd., Sylvania, OH 43560, The

of Northwest Ohio, or OLPH Church. Online condolences may be shared at

Published in Toledo Blade on Aug. 10, 2014

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