Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Addie Lucille Glover Ketner

Addie Lucille Glover Ketner, was born on Dec. 9, 1910, in Rowan County to Mary Augusta (Mollie) Bernhardt Glover and James Monroe Glover. Her husband of 77 years, Glenn E. Ketner, preceded her in death in 2007. After a full and happy life, she died peacefully at her home on Aug. 10, 2015, at age 104. Addie was a loving and generous mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, and she valued her family above all else. She took special pride in the educational achievements of her grandchildren and great-grandchildren and enjoyed providing them with challenges and opportunities. “Mimi” was a wonderful inspiration to them all. Addie is survived by her daughter, Carolyn K. Penny and husband Wade H. Penny Jr., of Durham; and son Glenn E. Ketner Jr., and his wife, Susan H. Ketner, of Salisbury. Also surviving are grandchildren Dr. Wade. H. Penny III, of Chattanooga, Tenn., David M. Penny and wife Cristy of Boise, Idaho, Carolyn Leigh Penny and husband Greg of Davis, Calif., Dr. Michael G. Penny and wife Marcia of Virginia Beach, Va., Glenn E. Ketner III and wife Katherine and John Christian Ketner and wife Alexandra, all of Charlotte. Ten great-grandchildren will also cherish her memory. Addie was a member of the first graduating class at Boyden High School in 1927. She married Glenn E. Ketner on July 12, 1930, and together they established Ketners Super Markets, a chain of modern retail grocery stores in Salisbury and surrounding towns, as well as Excel Grocery Company, a supporting wholesale business. Addie was a homemaker while her children were small and a volunteer with the PTA, Scouts, Red Cross and many other organizations including St. John's Lutheran Church. On Jan. 2, 1927, she attended the dedication of St. John's at 200 West Innes Street in Salisbury, where she has been an active member for more than 80 years. She held a variety of leadership positions at St. John's and was among the first women elected to serve on the Church Council. Addie was a charter member of the Amicitia Book Club and was, for many years, a volunteer with the Rowan Hospital Auxiliary where she completed two terms as President. She was also an active member of the Elizabeth Maxwell Steele Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution where she served as Regent. She developed a consuming interest in family genealogy and was instrumental in the research, writing and publication of The Bernhardt Family, a definitive work on the John Crawford Bernhardt family. John Crawford Bernhardt's great-grandfather, John Christian Bernhardt I, emigrated from St. Johann, Germany, to Philadelphia, Pa., in 1749. He subsequently moved his family to Piedmont North Carolina. Addie and her late husband, Glenn, were very much involved in their community, and in 1956 they established the Glenn E. and Addie G. Ketner Family Foundation to benefit regional and local educational, health and cultural organizations. Additionally, they endowed a nursing professorship at Lenoir-Rhyne University in Hickory and funded the Center for International Studies at Catawba College in Salisbury. The family extends its special thanks to Dr. Myron Goodman and Dr. Chet Amin and to Addie's in-home caregivers: Nancy Taylor, Tina Goodman, Rebecca Fortner, Charlene Whitley, Jessica Shafer, Angie Holt, Lisa Durette, Betty Bell, Joan Hardin, Candy Hilton, Chelsea Ritchie, and Connie Stegall. A special thank you is also extended to Ellen Webb who helped Addie and Glenn for almost 18 years before her retirement in 2014. The unselfish service and devotion of these friends have been invaluable. Memorials: May be made to St. John's Lutheran Church (G2G, Phase II); Center for International Studies at Catawba College; Lenoir-Rhyne University Ketner Family Nursing Professorship; or Rowan Hospice and Palliative Care. Arrangements: A memorial service to celebrate the life of Addie G. Ketner will be held at St. John's Church, 200 W. Innes St., Salisbury, on Saturday, Aug. 15 at 11 a.m. Visitation will follow the service in the Fellowship Hall. Summersett Funeral Home is assisting the Ketner family. Online condolences may be made at - See more at:

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Reunion News 2015

I'm looking forward to seeing all our family members next weekend, Aug 1 and 2. Here are just a few last minute notes.
On Saturday, Aug 1, the George Michael branch is host and we'll meet at Bonnie's house for games, food, and socializing.
Bonnie says to "come any time after 4p and we'll eat at 6p. Come, stay, relax, and enjoy."

We'll have hamburgers, and hot dogs, and fixings, so Bonnie needs a head count.
Respond to Bonnie at:
We will either take donations to cover our cook out or fund it from the treasury.
She has a great place for a family gathering with a playground providing a sand pile and kiddie pool. The house is handicap accessible and has indoor plumbing.
Her address is Bonnie Bernhardt, 1822 Old Concord Rd, Salisbury.
I'm having quite a few of the family emails returned and hotmail is not wanting to deliver all the hotmail addresses because of their quotas. So please contact your family and encourage them to meet us on Sat at Bonnie's house and at our yearly feast and meeting at St Paul's on Sunday at 12:30p.
On Sunday, bring your covered dish goodies for the luncheon, beginning at 12:30 pm, at St. Paul ’s Lutheran Church fellowship hall. If you are planning on attending church at St. Paul ’s, our worship begins at 10:30 am. Hope to see you there.
The Ira Leo family is the host family for Sunday and will greet you at the door. I'll be asking everyone to find an extended family member who you don't know and find out something about them. We'll bring this up again later.
Please let me know if you have any business or news that we need to bring up at our business meeting.
I'll look forward to seeing you next weekend. Let's make this a good attendance year and renew our family ties.
Liz Miller

Monday, July 13, 2015

Bernhardt Reunion 2015

The first Sunday of August is fast approaching and that means it’s Bernhardt Reunion time!  It will be good to see family members and catch up on everyone’s news.  Bring your covered dish goodies for the luncheon, beginning at 12:30 pm, at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church fellowship hall.  If you are planning on attending church at St. Paul’s, our worship begins at 10:30 am. Hope to see you there.

Many of the emails on our list are returning so we need your help.  Please pass the word and let’s make an effort to have a good showing this year. We need to maintain and strengthen our family connections.
For the 2015 reunion, since it is a year with either a “0” or “5”, a Saturday event will be planned in addition to the Sunday luncheon. Bonnie Bernhardt graciously offered her house for a get-together on Saturday afternoon. I'm going to talk to Bonnie and get some details for us. 

For 2015 the host family will be George Michael on Saturday at Bonnie's house.

The Ira Leo family will host the event on the next day (Sunday) with our lunch and meeting. 

The Jacob Alphonso / Joseph Clarence families are responsible for the event program on Sunday.

I am the President this year and Karen McConnell was suppose to be the VP so Frank Miller is helping me organize. Stan Sebastian is sec and Mike Bernhardt is treas.
I'll look forward to seeing everyone at the reunion.
Liz Miller

Monday, April 13, 2015

Karen Miller McConnell

Karen Miller McConnell went home to her Heavenly Father on March 19, 2015. Born in Salisbury on April 13, 1950, to Robert and Ruth Miller, she graduated from Boyden High School and went on to get a degree from Kings College in Charlotte NC.  Karen had a great passion for history, which led her into a career that included a position as Docent at Hezekiah Alexander Historic Home Site and later at Rosedale Historic Plantation, where she was Curator of Education until retirement.  She held leadership positions in various historic associations, was very active in the life and ministry of St Paul’s Lutheran church, and volunteered in the community.  She was a loving wife, mother and Mamaw.  Karen co-authored one book and was doing research on another historical reference. Inspired by events which occurred at the family home place, which she and her husband restored, she was writing a novel based upon the events. She enjoyed reading, photography, researching genealogy, shag dancing, antiquing, church music programs, crafts, and her cats.  

Karen is preceded in death by her mother, Ruth Bernhardt Miller.  She is survived by her father, Robert Miller, her husband, Stan, sons, Chad (Terri), Jeromy (Nicole), grandchildren, Maddy, Ella, Porter and Sawyer, her sister, Elizabeth Miller (Rick), brother, Frank Miller (Judy), and many other beloved family and friends. 

The family wishes to express their sincere appreciation for all the love and support shown Karen and the family during her illness.   

Karen was the web master and creator of this blog. We will try to keep up family posts as she would want.

Friday, August 1, 2014

Roy P. Bernhardt

SALISBURY - Roy Peeler Bernhardt, age 89, of Salisbury, died Wednesday, July 30, 2014, at Presbyterian Hospital, Charlotte. 

Roy was born April 17, 1925, in Rowan County, a son of the late Ira Leo and Maggie Elizabeth Parks Bernhardt. 
A 1942 graduate of Granite Quarry High School, he was a longtime area resident and very active member of St. Paul's Lutheran Church, where he served on the Church Council and the Cemetery Committee. 

Roy served in the U.S. Navy during World War II aboard PC 550 and LST 659 in the European and Pacific Theaters. He was a brick mason for D.C. Linn, Plant Manager of Concrete Supply Company. In 1960 he founded Bernhardt Trucking Company, Inc. and was also a farmer.

Roy enjoy hunting and surf fishing and the Atlanta Braves. He also enjoyed helping his neighbors and loved to attend all the sporting events that the grandchildren participated in.

In addition to his parents, Roy was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Ruth Beaver Bernhardt, in 1998; a son, Allen Eugene Bernhardt, in 1961; four brothers; and a sister.

He is survived by his sons, Benjamin Leo Bernhardt (Susan) of Salisbury and Randy Lynn Bernhardt (Deborah) of Claremont; his four grandchildren, Jason Bernhardt (fiancee Amanda), Lisa Cerda (Mat), Brett Bernhardt (Erika) and Kerri Wimberly (Manning); his four great-grandchildren, Beckett Bernhardt and Amaya, Tristan and Ethan Cerda.

Arrangements: The family will receive friends Saturday, Aug. 2 from 1-2:30 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall at St. Paul's Lutheran Church. His funeral service will be held at 3 p.m. conducted by Rev. William Ketchie. Burial will follow in the church cemetery with military rites.

Memorials: May be made to St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Cemetery Fund, 205 St. Paul's Church Road, Salisbury, NC 28146.

Online condolences may be made to the family at www.linnhoneycuttfuneral. com

Linn-Honeycutt Funeral Home in China Grove is serving the Bernhardt family. - See more at:

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Roy Peeler Bernhardt
17 April, 1925 - 30 August, 2014
Services will be held at St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Salisbury
on Saturday, August 2
Visitation from 1:00 - 2:30
Funeral Service at 3:00 
Greetings fellow Bernhardt family members;

     The first Sunday of August is fast approaching and that means it’s Bernhardt Reunion time!  It will be good to see family members and catch up on everyone’s news.  Bring your covered dish goodies for the luncheon, beginning at 12:30 pm, at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church fellowship hall.  If you are planning on attending church at St. Paul’s, our worship begins at 10:30 am. Hope to see you there. The Jacob Alphonso and Joseph Clarence members are the host families this year. I will email Glenna and Stan a list of host family duties to get to their members. Family members belonging to St. Paul’s please help with tables, ice, sound system, etc., as we know where things are kept.  Thanks!

     Hope to see everyone on August 3, 2014. 

     Ben Bernhardt