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Velma E. Walters Kerstetter, 88, of McAlisterville, passed away on Friday, August 9, 2019 in Fayette Township due to injuries sustained in a car accident.
Born on April 14, 1931 in Liverpool, Perry Co., she is a daughter of the late Benjamin F. and Charlotte A. (Hoffman) Strawser.
On May 6, 1948, she was married to the late John H. Walters, with whom she was blessed to share over 27 years of marriage before his passing on March 24, 1976. On January 1, 1981, she was married to the late Mason M. “Dutch” Kerstetter with whom she was blessed to share over 22 years of marriage before his passing on September 22, 2003.
Surviving her are her children, Rev. Donald C. Walters and his wife Nancy of Thompsontown, Robert M. Walters and his wife Donna of McAlisterville, Richard F. Walters and his wife Carol of Mifflintown, and William R. Walters and his wife Carol of McAlisterville; one sister, Almeda Fisher of Seven Stars; one brother, Chester Strawser of Oriental; nine grandchildren; thirteen great-grandchildren; four step-grandchildren; eight step-great-grandchildren; and many generations of nieces and nephews.
In addition to her parents and husbands, she was preceded in death by one daughter, Anna “Pat” Frymoyer; one sister, Maeeta Ferguson; and two brothers, Benjamin Strawser and Gerald Strawser.
Mrs. Kerstetter was employed as a Factory Worker at Elaine Hope Garment Factory in Newport and retired from the Deli Department at Schlegel’s Grocery in Thompsontown. She was also a member and attended the Church of the Open Door in Evendale.
Velma enjoyed cooking, baking, reading her bible, and listening to gospel music; however, her greatest joy came from spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren and great grandchildren.
Funeral Services will be held at 10:30 AM on Thursday, August 15, 2019 at the Brown Funeral Homes, Inc., 111 Westfall St., McAlisterville with Pastor Jerry Knouse and her son, the Rev. Donald C. Walters officiating. Interment will follow at the East Salem Cemetery.
A viewing will be held from 4-8 PM, with the family present at 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, August 14 at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Mrs. Kerstetter’s memory can be made to the Church of the Open Door, 3191 Middle Road, Richfield, PA 17086.