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Jean Kershner

March 24, 1941-Aug. 29, 2008

Jean MacDonald (Stocking) Kershner, 67, of St. Cloud and Detroit Lakes, died Friday, August 29, 2008 at her home in St. Cloud, surrounded by her loving family, following a lengthy fight with cancer.

Jean was born to Charles Harvey and Ruth (Watson) Stocking on March 24, 1941 in St. Paul. They later moved to Detroit Lakes, where Jean graduated from high school in 1959. After graduation, Jean attended St. Cloud State College.

Jean worked outside of the home her entire life. She was employed for a number of years by Norby's Department Store of Detroit Lakes, and also managed the Norby's store at Crossroads Shopping Center in St. Cloud. Jean then excelled at outside sales: She sold printing supplies, newspaper ads, cellular telephones and yellow page ads. At the time of her death, Jean was a territory manager for Heartland Payment Systems, where she was highly respected within the organization and won numerous national awards.

Jean was very active in the Episcopal Church at local and state levels, beginning with her high school years. She was among the first women lay readers in the church.

Jean took great pleasure in the years that she and Ron worked for Heartland Payment Systems, especially during the winter months in Palm Desert, Calif., and more recently weekends at their lake home on Cormorant Lake, near Detroit Lakes.

Jean enjoyed the time she could spend with her seven grandchildren, and spoke often of their accomplishments. She delighted in feeding her birds and tending her flower gardens. She also doted on their two Labrador retrievers, Boots and Mac.

Jean was a member of St. John's Episcopal Church, St. Cloud Country Club and Ducks Unlimited.

Survivors include her husband, Ron Kerschner of St. Cloud; daughters, Mary (Bill) Molitor of Cold Spring, Minn., Anne (Elliott) Korsen of Plainsboro, N.J., and Kristina (Josh) Isenberg of Naples, Fla.; sister, Elizabeth (Todd) O'Malley of Scranton, Pa.; seven grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. She will also be missed by her two dogs, Boots and Mac.

Her parents preceded her in death.

Funeral services are scheduled for 11 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 2, at St. John's Episcopal Church, St. Cloud, with the Rev. Michael Wyatt officiating. Interment will be in the columbarium at St. John's Episcopal Church, St. Cloud.

Benson Funeral Home, St. Cloud, is providing arrangements. Memorials are preferred in lieu of flowers.