Mildred "Mid" Irene Kepner, 81, Watsontown, beloved Mom, Gram, sister, aunt, cousin and friend, went home to meet Jesus on Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2016, following a brave battle with colon cancer.
The daughter of the late Lester and Esther (Gelnett) Brosius, she was born at her family home in Mount Pleasant Mills on April 10, 1935.
A 1952 graduate of Mifflinburg Area High School, Mid enjoyed staying in touch with classmates and reminiscing about growing up on the farm and then moving to town. Following a blind date and cherished courtship, she married the love of her life, Milford Earl Kepner on December 31, 1953 and they embarked on a beautiful life together. Mid and Kep celebrated 42 years of marriage prior to his passing on January 10, 1996. In the fall of 1961, the Kepner's moved into the home they built on Brookside - a home into which all were welcomed and unconditionally loved. Through the years, Mid was employed by the Montgomery Mills and later by Penn State University where she enriched many lives as a nutrition aide. In her seventies, Mid fought and won the battle against breast cancer, inspiring family and friends through her victory. A lifelong Christian, she recommitted her life to the Lord in recent years and became a member of Trinity United Church of Christ, Watsonown. In addition to spending time with her beloved family, Mid enjoyed traveling the United States, old-time country music, and watching the birds visit her bay window. She was blessed with the gift of encouraging conversation and sought to bring a smile to everyone God placed in her path.
Faithfully surviving are her daughters, Linda Hartman, of New Columbia; Mary Marr and husband Dennis, of Tyrone; Leslie Truckenmiller and husband, Bill of Macungie; Marsha Bezuhly and husband Mark, of Watsontown; and son-in-law, Paul Prelovsky, of North Carolina. Also surviving are her sister, Sally Kline and husband Clair, of Selinsgrove; 12 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and many beloved cousins, nieces, nephews, and friends.
Mildred was preceded in death and has joyfully been reunited with her husband, Milford Kepner; her daughter, Lisa Prelovsky; her son-in-law, Donald Hartman; her great-grandson, Aiden Milford Truckenmiller; sisters, Wilma Paulvir, Grace Harris, Anna Brosius, and an infant brother.
A time of visitation to celebrate Mildred's life will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, September 9, at Brooks Funeral Home, 124 Main St., Watsontown and from 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday at Trinity United Church of Christ, 602 Main St., Watsontown where the funeral service will be held at 11, with her pastor, Donald L. Snyder Jr., officiating.
Burial services will follow in Watsontown Cemetery. All are welcomed to join the family at 1 p.m. at the Watson Inn for food and fellowship.
Contributions in Mildred's memory can be made to St. Jude's Children's Hospital.
Mid always said that the world would be a much happier place if more hugs were given. So in lieu of flowers, please reach out and encourage one another with a warm embrace. "Hugs!"
Published on September 7, 2016