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Madelyn Kershner 1925-2020

CORTLAND — Madelyn Kershner, 95, passed away quietly in her sleep Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2020, at Trumbull Regional Medical Center.

She was born in Toronto, Ohio, on June 11, 1925, to Claude and Dolores Schwartz. She was a graduate of Toronto High School and moved to the Warren area in 1944.

She worked various jobs in Warren and retired from Sears in 1975. She was a longtime member of Calvary Presbyterian Church.

Through the years, Madelyn had various hobbies and interests. She created beautiful family history books and researched family trees back before it was an easy task. She enjoyed various crafts, created beautiful quilts and had also enjoyed stamp collecting. She enjoyed walking and often used that time for prayer and meditation. Spending time with family brought her joy and she was a true dog lover. She will always be remembered for her positive outlook and pleasant personality.

Madelyn is survived by her son, Jeffrey (Susan) Kershner of Columbiana; and her daughters, Pat Infield of Asheville, N.C. and Sandi (Joe) Petiya of Cortland. She was blessed with seven grandchildren, Christina (Eric Katz) Kershner, Stephanie (Josh Quillen) Kershner, Emelia Altschul, Ian (Indea) Altschul, Scott (Laura) Petiya, Shawn (Susanna) Petiya and Brett (Les) Petiya; and 12 great-grandchildren. She is also survived by several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her first husband, Robert Barnes, who was a casualty of World War II; her second husband and father of her children, Frank M. Kershner; her sisters, JoAnn Neale and Clela Romshak; and her brother, David Schwartz.

On behalf of Madelyn, the family would like to thank the staff at Ohio Living Lake Vista in Cortland for their compassionate care, and the nursing staff on the eighth floor of Trumbull Regional Medical Center.

A private graveside service was held Saturday, Nov. 21, 2020, at noon at Crown Hill Burial Park, Vienna. The service was conducted by Madelyn’s granddaughter, Rev. Stephanie Kershner.

Lane Funeral Homes, Shafer-Winans Chapel was entrusted with the arrangements.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Second Harvest Food Bank of the Mahoning Valley, 2805 Salt Springs Road, Youngstown, OH 44509.

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