This photo taken at the “Race for the Cure”
held Saturday morning 4/10/2010 at Greenhill
Park in Roanoke. The first aid station was
sponsored by the RC Parks and Rec Department.
Marcia Dougherty of Parks and Rec. knew Susan
and had the great inspiration to honor her
by naming the first aid station after her.

A Life Blessed with Laughter and Love

by Susan Kern

God has been merciful and put the most amazing people into my days. Mucho Blessings!

My most precious memory makers are Wally, Whitney, Hunter, Marli, Louise, Barry, Bill and Patti

Gracias - Arigato - Merci - Thank you

* To my prayer warriors - you carried me.
* To my gentle giant oncologist, Dr. Mark Kochenderfer and his staff - clear sails.
* To S.W. County's band of Angels - you turned my mountains into rainbows.

Hasta la vista -
Susan for the Kern's

Note: clicking on each link below will open a new window
Eulogy by her brother Bill Carico Click Here
(includes numerous photos, size 4MB .pdf)
Pictures set to music by good friend Mary Jo Truskey. Click here
(Time 8:18)
Eulogy by her school's former Principal Jodi Poff Click here
Tribute written by a former teacher and friend, Nancy Patterson Click here

Please send memorial gifts
to the Susan Kern Memorial Fund for the library at:

Back Creek Elementary School
7130 Bent Mountain Rd, Roanoke, VA 24018-5710
phone (540) 772-7565

If you would like to contact anyone in the family, send an email to
Some of her favorites:

Regarding scriptures, Susan had many favorites, but through this last year Romans 12:11_12 meant a lot to her, especially the part about being patient in affliction. Romans 8:28 is another one dear to her, as well as Isaiah 40 about those that wait on the Lord shall renew their strength. Her life verse was Phil 4:13 "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me."

Two of her very favorite songs were "Shout to the Lord" and "Evermore" (by Geron Davis). We sang these at her Jan 9th celebration service. We also played The Perfect Fan which Hunter dedicated to his Mom.

Fra Giovanni’s Christmas Prayer

I salute you! There is nothing I can give you which you have not; but there is much that, while I cannot give, you can take.

No heaven can come to us unless our hearts find rest in it today. Take Heaven.

No peace lies in the future which is not hidden in the present moment. Take Peace.

The gloom of the world is but a shadow; behind it, yet within our reach is joy. Take Joy!

And so, at this Christmas time, I greet you, with the prayer that for you, now and forever, the day breaks and the shadows flee away.