Wilbur E. Kerstetter, Jr., 83

Wilbur E. Kerstetter, Jr., 83

Mr. Wilbur E. “Will” Kerstetter, Jr., age 83, of Peabody, died on Tuesday, October 9, 2018, at the Kaplan Family Hospice House in Danvers, following a brief illness.  He was the beloved husband of the late Margaret J. “Jackie” (Rhoades) Kerstetter with whom he shared over 44 years of marriage. Born in State College, Pa. in 1935, Will was the son of the late Wilbur and Sylvia Evelyn (Lynn) Kerstetter.  He was raised and educated in State College and graduated from State College Area High School in 1952. He served in the United States Marine Corps as an Instructor and member of the Marine Corps Band in Jacksonville, Fla. during the Korean Conflict and has lived in Peabody since 1971.  Will had a 35 year career working for Massachusetts Electric, retiring as a Foreman. He was a Boy Scout, Scout Master for Troop 93 and member of the Knights of Columbus in Peabody. He loved to travel with his wife and family, taking road trips to Nova Scotia and New England, spending winters in Florida and a European vacation to Germany and Holland.  He enjoyed bowling and spending time with his family.

Will is survived by his son, Dr. William E. Kerstetter and his wife Jill of Peabody; his four grandchildren, Danielle Bobalik and her husband Sean, Chelsea Ripley and her husband Erik, Kaitlyn Kerstetter and Alex Kerstetter all of Texas; his five great-grandchildren, Maddy, Hunter, Grace, Ezra and Kilian; his brother, George Kerstetter of State College, PA; his nieces, Mindy, Dawn and Elizabethe; his brother-in-law, Harold Jenkins and sister-in-law, Donna Moreno.  In addition to his wife and parents, Will was predeceased by his daughter, Katherine I. Kerstetter and his niece, Christina.

Service information: His Funeral will be held on Tuesday, October 16, 2018, at 9AM from the SOLIMINE FUNERAL HOME, 426 Broadway (Rt. 129), Lynn, followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Ann’s Church, Peabody at 10 a.m. Burial will be in Puritan Lawn Memorial Park, Peabody.  Relatives and friends are respectfully invited. Visiting hours are on Monday from 4-8 p.m. Donations in his memory may be made to the Kaplan Family Hospice House, 78 Liberty Street, Danvers, MA 01923. Directions and online guestbook at www.solimine.com

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