Clarence E. Kersten, 76, of Appleton died Monday August 22, 2011 at Appleton Medical Center. He was born in Green Bay, April 29, 1935, son of the late Edward and Anna (Kranszusch) Kersten, and was raised in Lena, WI. Clarence married Marilyn Kasworm on August 31, 1957.
Clarence worked for the Appleton Fire Department for 29 years retiring as a Captain in 1989. He was a life long member of Trinity Lutheran Church, Appleton. He loved to putter around in the garage, always having another project or helping someone. He loved to joke, and had an endearing laugh. Clarence and Marilyn enjoyed many years up north with family and friends. He once was an avid hunter and loved fishing in Michigan, treating everyone to his famous fish fry. Clarence was a loving husband, dad, and grandpa, who will be missed dearly.
Clarence is survived by his wife of 53 years, Marilyn; son, Graham; two daughters, Andrea (Doug) Knutson, Sherwood, WI, and Rhonda (Harold) Smith, Ten Mile, TN; five Grandchildren, Camera (Eric) Wright, Matt (special friend, Angela), Lauren Knutson(special friend, Doug), Aaron Richards, and Shannon Smith; two Great-Grandchildren, Sage and Isabella Wright; and one sister, Della (Larry) Deau, Suring, WI. He was preceded in death by one brother, Wilmer (Arleen).
Funeral service for Clarence will begin at 11:00 AM on Friday August 26, 2011 at TRINITY LUTHERAN CHURCH, 209 S. Allen Street, Appleton, with GTZ Pastors Kovanen and Deckert officiating. Friends will be received at the church beginning at 9:00 AM until the hour of service. Burial will be in Highland Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established.
Clarence was thankful for each new day, and passed peacefully. He lived a full life and will live on in our hearts.
Wichmann Funeral Home
537 N Superior St