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LuAnna Kern

LuAnna Kern, age 63, of Willmar, died Sunday evening, July 1, at the St. Cloud Hospital.

Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Friday, July 6, at First United Methodist Church in Raymond. Interment will be at Fairview Cemetery in Raymond. Visitation will be 5-7 p.m. Thursday, July 5, at Peterson Brothers Funeral Home in Willmar and will continue one hour prior to the service at the church on Friday.

LuAnna Jean Kern was born July 1, 1955, in Hallock, Minnesota, the daughter of Leslie and Annabelle (Bill) Kern. She grew up in Pembina and Mayville, North Dakota before moving with her family to Raymond, Minnesota in 1969. She graduated from Raymond High School in 1973 and from St. Cloud Technical College with Child Care Technician degree. LuAnna worked in various group homes and at the State Hospital. She later worked as a nanny in Connecticut and at group homes in Arizona before moving to Willmar in 2014. LuAnna currently worked as a manager of group homes for Divine House in Willmar.

LuAnna was very active with Special Olympics in both Arizona and Willmar. She enjoyed quilting with her mother and gardening, especially caring for her roses. She also enjoyed traveling and had visited nearly every state. She loved spending time with her family at the lake. She was a wonderful caregiver to her family, friends, and consumers. Her greatest joy was being an "auntie" to her beloved niece and nephews and their families.

She is survived by a brother: Leslie "Skip" (and Nancy) Kern; two sisters: Maureen (and Bradley) Dykema and Janet (and David) Johnson; four nephews: Cory (and Kristen) Kern and their children Madalyn and Conner, Jay Kern and his children Cam and Max, Reid (and Jamie) Dykema and their child Nolan, and Eric Johnson; a niece: Tara Dykema; and other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

Cemetery Details

Fairview Cemetery

Raymond, MN, 56282


JUL 5. 05:00 PM - 07:00 PM

Peterson Brothers Funeral Home

700 Becker Avenue Southwest

Willmar, MN, US, 56201


JUL 6. 09:30 AM - 10:30 AM

First United Methodist Church

409 Cofield Street North

Raymond, MN, US, 56282

Funeral Service

JUL 6. 10:30 AM

First United Methodist Church

409 Cofield Street North

Raymond, MN, US, 56282

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I appreciated LuAnna's wonderful care of my friend who lives in one of the Divine House group homes. LuAnna had just the right attitude of encouragement when things were tough for my friend. She will be missed.

Mary Pieh - July 03 at 01:30 PM Nov 30 -0001 12:00 AM

Thoughts and prayers to all of you!!

Naomi Streed - July 05 at 06:28 AM Nov 30 -0001 12:00 AM

Rex and Pam Parondo (Pam Thoms-Olson) purchased the Love's Embrace Roses - Red for the family of LuAnna Kern.

Rex and Pam Parondo (Pam Thoms-Olson) - July 05 at 01:09 PM Nov 30 -0001 12:00 AM

So sorry for your loss. Lou always seemed fun and funny. I know she will be missed by all of you and the clients she served.Jan Dahl

Jan Dahl - July 06 at 10:08 AM Nov 30 -0001 12:00 AM

You and your kicking boots made many great memories, you will always be remembered dear Lu. Thank you for been amazing, crazy and full of love Thoughts and prayers to you allAraceli Ramirez

Araceli Ramirez - July 12 at 05:04 AM Nov 30 -0001 12:00 AM