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Barbara Ann Kerner, 73, of Williamsburg

Barbara Kerner (Courtesy of Nelsen Funeral Home)

WILLIAMSBURG — Following a courageous 10-year battle with cancer, Barbara Ann Kerner passed away Wednesday, January 12, 2022. She was born August 3, 1948, in Lakewood, OH. She was the second daughter of Mary Patricia Flaherty and Thomas D. Flaherty. Barbara and her sister, Marion, were raised by their mother in Lakewood. She is survived by her beloved husband of 53 years, John Edwin Kerner. She is also survived by her four children, Jennifer Kerner Ferro (David), Danielle Kerner Stryker (Wolter), Christopher Kerner (Sally) and Michael Kerner (Heather) and seven grandchildren, Madeline, John “Mac”, Samuel, Laney, Hattie, Taylor, and Addison. She cherished her role as grandmother and adored her grandchildren who brought her great joy.

Barbara attended St. Augustine Academy, an all-girls Catholic High School in Lakewood, OH. After graduating in 1966, she worked for Bonne Bell cosmetics. She then met John at a dance at Cleveland State University. They married three years later on February 8, 1969. Barbara and John purchased their first home in North Ridgeville, OH where they started their family. In 1977, John’s job with Honeywell took their young family from North Ridgeville, OH to Camp Hill, PA.

In 1982, John’s job with Honeywell took the family to Exton, PA until making their final move to Williamsburg, VA in 1987. Having put her own education on hold until her children completed their education, she entered Christopher Newport University in her late 50s. During her studies she was accepted as a member into the National History Honor Society, Phi Alpha Theta and graduated with honors with a Bachelor of Arts in History. Barbara’s undergraduate studies concentrated on World War II and the American Civil War.

Later in life, Barbara went through the lengthy process of applying for and gaining admittance into the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR). She was a member of the Williamsburg Chapter. Her passions were many, but none were greater than that of family. She was a devoted wife, mother, and the most loving grandmother. Those who knew and loved her will remember her sense of humor and her ability to easily laugh at herself. It’s her smile and laugh that her family will remember.

A funeral mass will be held at Saint Bede Catholic Church, 3686 Ironbound Rd, Williamsburg, VA 23188 on January 24, 2022, at 11 AM.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Heritage Humane Society ( or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital ( Online condolences may be shared at

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