Nikiski resident Deborah "Cassie"Kernan, 45, died Wednesday, Dec. 22, 2004, at her home.
A memorial service will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 28, in Anchorage at the Alaska Native Lutheran Church. Pastor Karen Sonray will officiate. An additional memorial service will be at 2 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 30, at the Church of God of Soldotna with Pastor Keith Greene officiating. A potluck will follow.
"Debi, also known by many as Cassie, was known for her beautiful smile, always affectionate nature, warm hugs and quick wit she will be missed greatly by all those who had the opportunity to know her," said her family.
She was born July 4, 1959, in Nome.
She graduated from Service High School in Anchorage in 1977. She attended both Johnson and Wales University and Loyola Marymount University. Mrs. Kernan lived in Nome, Fairbanks, Kenai and Nikiski.
She married John P. Kernan in a hot air balloon over Anchorage on June 22, 1985.
She was a member of the Alaska Native Lutheran Church and the Church of God of Soldotna.
She enjoyed sewing, arts and crafts, and collecting teapots.
She is survived by her husband, John P. Kernan of Nikiski; sons, Zeth and Jordan Kernan of Nikiski; stepdaughter, Melissa Kernan of Canaseraga, N.Y.; granddaughter, Patience Kernan of Canaseraga, N.Y.; mother, Gertrude Ah Nee of Anchorage; brothers, William J. Miller of Tyonek, Robert E. Miller of Oceanview, Hawaii, and Norman D. Miller Jr. of Anchorage; sisters, Antoinette Miller of Anchorage; sister and brother-in-law, Leesa and Kevin Van Zandt of Anchorage; nieces, Paula Bourdon of Anchorage, Michelle Nicholas of Wasilla, Amanda Kashtook of Anchorage, and Amberly Miller of Anchorage; nephew Devin Van Zandt of Anchorage; sisters-in-law, Sue Robbins of Arkport, N.Y., Jackie Collins of Kenai, Dorothy Coddington of Arkport, N.Y., Barbara Amidon of Mentasta, Mary Burril of Kenai, and Brenda Plagge of Kenai; brothers-in-law, Harold Litherland of Auckland, New Zealand, Harold Kernan of Canaseraga, N.Y., Charles Kernan of Albany, Ore., and Gary Kernan of Kenai; and many aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her father, Norman D. Miller; grandson, Corbin Kernan; mother-in-law, Alice M. Kernan; and father-in-law, Harold L. Kernan Sr.
Mrs. Kernan has been cremated and her cremains will be buried next to her father in Angelus Memorial Park in Anchorage and scattered over her flower garden.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be given to the family at P.O Box 3441, Kenai, AK 99611.
Anchorage Funeral Home and Crematory is in charge of arrangements.
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