Obituary for Lena Jane Kerstetter-Mayes
Lena Jane Kerstetter-Mayes 87, of Petersburg, died Monday, February 26, 2018, at Center Crest. Born November 24, 1930, in Pleasant Gap, she was a daughter of the late James and Mary Torsell Tenalio, sister of Florence Spenkle and preceded in death by 16 brothers and sisters. In 1947 she married the late Paul C. Kerstetter who died June 2, 1990. She is survived by 3 daughters, Mary McGhee (the late Donald), Erma Rupert (Cliff) Della Martin (George), 1 son Lawrence “Petey” Kerstetter (David Brdar), 14 grandchildren, Kimberly Jane (Jared), Raymond (Rhonda), Ronald, Paul (B.J.), Matthew (Jody), Timothy (Scott), Robert, Crystal (Eddie), Peggy (Rick), Barry, Bobbie Jo (Doug), Rickey (Teressa), Christina (Rick), Adam, 33 great grandchildren 11 great great grandchildren, her late daughter Judy Fenstamaker and her late grandson Shane McGhee(Brandi). On March 9, 1996, at Brookside Wesleyan Church she married the late Lile Roy Mayes and is survived by step-daughter Myra Yearick (John), 7 step grandchildren, Lisa (Jim), Anissa (Dan), John (Rachel), Trina (Doug), April (Jay), Michael (Brandy), Charity,16 step great grandchildren and sister-in-law Velma Mowery. She attended The State College Alliance Church, loved spending time with her grandchildren and great grandchildren, was a member of the Bellefonte VFW, Milesburg American Legion, Petersburg Senior Center and an avid bingo player. A memorial service will be held at 12pm Thursday, March 8, 2018 at The State College Alliance Church, 1221 W. Whitehall Rd. State College 16801. Burial service will be held at the family’s convenience. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to Wetzler Funeral Service, Inc., 206 N. Spring Street, Bellefonte PA 16823, memo Lena Mayes.
One night a man had a dream. In it he was walking along a
beach with the Lord. Across the sky flashed scenes from his life.
For each scene he noticed two sets of footprints in the sand, one
belonging to him, and the other to the Lord. When the final scene
of his life flashed before him, he looked back, at the footprints in
the sand. He noticed many times along the path of his life there
was only one set of footprints, and realized that they came at the
hardest and saddest times of his life.
Bothered about this, he questioned the Lord, saying, “Lord, you
said that once I decided to follow you, you’d walk with me all the
way. But I have noticed that during the most burdensome times in
my life, there is only one set of footprints. I don’t understand why
when I needed you the most you would leave me.”
The Lord replied, “My dear child, I love you and I would never
leave you. During your times of strife and suffering, when you
see only one set of footprints, it was then that I carried you.”