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:

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