Jean L. Kokernak
July 5, 1925 - February 8, 2019
Service Date: May 18, 2019
A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, May 18, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. at the Alfred Parish Church, 12 Kennebunk Road in Alfred. You may visit with Jean's family at the church beginning at 12:00 p.m. Committal Prayers and burial will follow at Evergreen Cemetery in Alfred.
Jean Louise (Fuller) Kokernak, 93, of Lyman Maine passed peacefully surrounded by family, caregivers and hospice providers at Seal Rock Healthcare in Saco, Maine on February 8, 2019.
Jean was born July 5, 1925, in Bolyston MA., third child of father Loring Fuller and mother Gertrude Flagg Fuller. Jean was educated in Boylston Public schools, graduated from North High School in Worcester, MA. She received her nursing diploma from Memorial Hospital School of Nursing, Worcester, MA in 1946. Jean married Charles S. Kokernak in 1947 and they enjoyed 70 years of marriage and together raised 5 children. Jean, though small in stature, possessed boundless energy and loved gardening, learning to ski in her 50s and enjoyed spending time with her many grandchildren. All who have wonderful memories of spending days and weeks at Gramma’s.
Jean worked as an RN in various hospitals in MA early in the marriage before focusing on becoming a stay-at-home Mom to the couples’ 5 children. She then worked as RN in public health and mental health as well as selling real estate. Her job at a toy store was a source of delight to her grandchildren when they visited in California.
Jean and Charles traveled extensively throughout the country and the world for pleasure and made homes for their family in Massachusetts, Maine and California, ending up in Maine at Bunganut Pond when Charlie retired.
Jean is predeceased by her parents and three siblings, Clayton, Aldine and Robert. She is survived by sister Martha and multiple nieces and nephews. She is also predeceased by her husband Charlie who passed in 2017.
Jean is survived by daughters Kathryn (Willard) Ware, Sandra (Glenn) Van Knowe, and sons Carl (Karen) Kokernak, Michael Kokernak and Theodore (Sharisse) Kokernak. Grandchildren are Kelly, Sandra, Noah, Charles W, Jason, Justin, Sarah, Rachel, Jeffery, Chase and 11 great grandchildren.
The family would like to thank Seal Rock Healthcare for their wonderful care of Jean for the past 2 years and Beacon Hospice for their compassionate end-of-life care and their support of her family.
A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, May 18, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. at the Alfred Parish Church, 12 Kennebunk Road, in Alfred. You may visit with Jean’s family at the church beginning at 12:00 p.m. Committal prayers and burial will follow at Evergreen Cemetery in Alfred.
Jean loved flowers, if preferred donations may be sent to Beacon Hospice, 54 Atlantic PL, Suite 40, South Portland, ME 04106.
The Autumn Green Funeral Home is respectfully handling arrangements.