In Memoriam : Lana Kern

Lana Kern Lana Lynn Kern - age: 75
(March 29, 1943 to August 30, 2018 )
Resident of Paducah, Kentucky

Visitation Information:
1:00 p.m. Monday, September 3, 2018
Leffler Funeral Home
401 East Main Street
Benton, Illinois 62812

10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Monday, September 3, 2018
Leffler Funeral Home
401 East Main Street
Benton, Illinois 62812

Masonic & Odd Fellows Cemetery
12740 Oddfellow Lane
Benton, Illinois 62812


It is with great sadness that her family announces the passing of Lana Lynn Kern. She passed on August 30, 2018 at the age of 75 after an eight-year battle with cancer that she handled with amazing dignity and grace. In her younger years Lana was an accomplished baton twirler and earned a scholarship to Purdue University where she was a majorette in the band, performing as a Silver Twin. She dedicated most of her life to her five children and later spent some of her time teaching college algebra at Rend Lake College. Her enduring contribution and legacy is the example that she set for her children and others that she touched in her life. Lana was a selfless and loving person that was devoted to others and had an uncommon ability to see the best in every person and every circumstance.

Lana was preceded in death by her father, Romie Barminski; mother, Sydney Jane Barminski; sister, Verna Jane Barminski; the father of her children, Mark Kern; an infant daughter, Heather; and infant grandson, Kern Williams.

She is remembered lovingly and fondly by her family: Frank and Patty, Eric, Brian and Summer, Jason and Janie, and Megan and Chris Williams. Lana was blessed with six grandchildren and was a proud and loving grandmother to Caden, Charli, Ellsie, Landon, Hunter, and Cash. Lana was special to us and will be greatly missed but always appreciated and cherished in our memories.

Services will be at 1:00 p.m. Monday, September 3, 2018, at the Leffler Funeral Home of Benton, with Rev. Mark Minor officiating. Burial will follow at the Masonic & Odd Fellows Cemetery of Benton. Visitation will be from 10:00 a.m. until the funeral hour at the Leffler Funeral Home of Benton.

In lieu of flowers, Memorial contributions may be made in memory of Lana Lynn Kern, to be used for support and to bring joy to those in their fight against cancer. Memorial donations will be accepted at the Leffler Funeral Home.

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