Rhiel Funeral Home & Cremation Services Offering dignified services since 1919

Back to Obituaries

Shirley A Kern

Shirley A Kern

Shirley A. Kern, age 80 of Elmwood, died Sunday, March 3, 2024 at her home in Elmwood.

Shirley was born on April 14, 1943. She was the daughter of Freeman and Pearl “Mid” (Bee) Hoyt. Shirley graduated from Elmwood High School in 1961. After high school, Shirley married her high school sweetheart, David Kern on May 19, 1962 at Ono United Methodist. They started farming in rural Elmwood where they raised their family. When her children were older, Shirley took a job with the School District of Elmwood, working in the classrooms, hallways and lastly in the cafeteria. It was a job she loved until her retirement.

Shirley enjoyed her plants, crafts, going to flea markets and Halloween. Most of all, Shirley loved to spend time with family and friends.

Shirley is survived by her children, Jody Beyer of Menomonie, Josh (Stephanie) Kern and Allison (Charlie) Hovind, both of Elmwood, grandchildren, Bailey (Jenna), Terressa and Kendra, one great grandson, Quinn, brother-in-law Marvin Schroeder, other relatives and friends. She is preceded in death by her parents, husband, David and sister Beverly Schroeder.

Private family services will be held.

Rhiel Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Elmwood, is serving the family.


  1. kris cummings

    Ms. Shirley was quite something. Full of lovely, energetic, persistent, joyful spunk with a hearty laugh, quick smile and genuine concern - she was quite a pleasure to know. Sending thoughts of comfort and support to those whole love and miss her.

  2. marge binkowski

    Jody, Josh, and Allison and all your families; Our sympathy to you all. She was a very special lady.

    Marge and Tony Binkowski

  3. Bill mcroberts

    I was very sorry to hear of Shirley's passing , I always enjoyed talking with her. We always had a laugh when we ran into each other. I'm very sorry for the family's loss.

  4. Bob and Marcia Ritzman

    We were sad to hear of Shirley's passing. Our thought and prayers are with the entire family and close friends.

  5. Debbie Baier

    I'm so sorry to hear about Shirley... she was such a lovely lady and so fun! My deepest sympathy.

  6. Sheila Riemer

    I'm so sad to see this ???? Shirley was a very special lady! I'll always have great memories of my childhood with her and the family. Hugs and prayers to you all ❤️

  7. Tracey Tulip

    So sorry for you lost ???? She was such a wonderful lady. Sending my thought and prayer to the family????????

  8. Julie Lee

    So sorry to hear of Shirley's passing. I always loved talking to her when she worked at the school. May God's grace bring you peace in your time of sorrow.

  9. Joanne ‘McRoberts’ Hovey

    Sympathy to family and friends. Shirley was a funny and nice person.

  10. Werner Elaine

    Shirley was a very dear friend. She had such a great sense of humor and was always laughing. She was proud of her family and loved them dearly. She will be missed. Heaven gained an angel!! Rest on peace special friend.

  11. Jamie reitz

    My sympathy to the Kern families.Shirley will be missed by everyone who knew her!

  12. Suzi Crownhart

    My sympathy to Shirley’s Family - she was a sweet lady.

View More Posts ( # )