Martha Elser obit 24 Jun 1969
Mrs. Otto F. Kersten Mrs. OttoF. Kersten, 81, Rt. 4 a lifelong resident of Janesville, died yesterday in Mercy Hospital after a long illness. The former Martha Elser was born Jan. 8, 1888, and married Otto Kersten in 1912. She was a member of the Zion Lutheran Church, Center, and the Leyden School Board. Surviving are her husband; one son, William, Lauderdale- by-the-Sea, Fla.; two daughters, Mrs. Allen Smyth, Lauderdale-by-the-Sea, Fla., and Mrs. Stanley Penneycook, Janesville; and five grandchildren. grandchildren. Services will be Thursday at 2 p.m. at Zion Lutheran Church, Center, with burial in Bethel Cemetery. Friends may call tomorrow from 7 to9 p.m. at the Overton Funeral Home and Thursday from 12 to 2 p.m. at the church.