Myrtie Marie Kern

By on April 1, 2010

Myrtie Marie Kern, 94, of Elburn, passed away peacefully at her home in the early morning hours of Friday, March 26, 2010.

She was born May 7, 1915, the daughter of Ralph and Anne (Dwyer) Briggs in Houston, Minn.

She grew up in Houston and attended local schools. The family spent some of her younger years between Houston, Minnesota, Chicago, and Madison, Wis. Myrtie graduated with the class of 1933 and began working as a teller for First National Bank in Chicago.

Myrtie saw the man she would marry every day at work; and in uniform, no less. Rudolph Kern was a security guard at the bank, and before long a friendship bloomed into love as they were united in marriage at Queen of Angels Catholic Church on July 26, 1941.

They began their new life in the north side of Chicago and welcomed four daughters, Patricia, Carol, Joan, and the family became complete with the arrival of Barbara.

Myrtie made her life’s work raising her children and making their house a home. Myrtie loved to be outside in her small garden, tending to her flowers and watching all the colors bloom. The time she cherished most was when she was with her family, especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. When Myrtie was young, the family always ate at home, but she made up for it later, jumping at the chance to eat out seven days a week. Trips to get ice cream at the corner store in Kaneville were a special weekly event, and when she was in Elburn, the destination was Alice’s Place, where a special treat always awaited her. She also loved to go to the movies and watch the newest love story or tear-jerker. Though she left this earth and claimed the promise of her savior, Myrtie left behind a treasure trove of memories to be cherished by all who knew her.

She now leaves her four children, Pat Fitzgerald of Westchester, Ill., Carol (Dennis) Warszona of St. Charles, Joan (Roger) Ax of St. Charles, Barbara Kern of Bartlet, Ill.; seven grandchildren, Lisa (Steve) Touloumis, Michael Fitzgerald, Laura Fitzgerald, Brian Fitzgerald, Kathleen Zehelein, Ted (Annette) Zehelein and Christie Zehelein; five great-grandchildren; many cousins and a family of friends.

She now joins her parents and her husband, Rudolph, who preceded her in death.

Visitation was Monday, March 29, at Conley Funeral Home, 116 W. Pierce St., Elburn, IL 60119. A mass to celebrate her life was Tuesday, March 30, at St. Gall Catholic Church. Fr. Karl Ganss, pastor of the church, officiated, and interment followed at All Saints Cemetery, Des Plaines, Ill.

A memorial has been established in her name. Checks may be made to the “Myrtie Kern Memorial” and mailed in care of P.O. Box 66, Elburn, IL 60119. Tributes may also be forwarded to the same address or on the web at