please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers.
Husband Walter Kern and Sister Carol Aldridge
Son David, wife Megan, grandchild Andi Jay age 3
Son Steven, wife Judy, grandchildren Jordan age 11, Ian age 5 and
Jayson age 6
Daughter Susan McKenna, husband Greg, grandchildren Caroline age
8 and Connor age 10
October 6, 1938 - August 31, 2008
time member Jane Ann Kern was killed in a automobile accident on
Sunday August 31, 2008. Jane and a couple of her friends were on
their way to the Outer Banks in North Carolina when a car, driven
by a Mount Laurel, NJ Catholic priest, pulled out of a side road
onto Route 13 near Pocomoke City, Maryland and broad sided the
car on the passenger side. . According to the police, Jane died
almost instantly. The driver of the other vehicle was also killed.
Both the friend who was driving and the backseat passenger are
in the hospital with multiple injuries but are expected to recover.
I first met Jane in June of
1996 when I stumbled on the club's website. Her husband Walt was
the webmaster at that time. I sent him an email and asked for more
information on the club. Walt and I exchanged a few emails and then
Jane sent me an email asking for my phone number. She called me,
answered all of my questions about the club and then invited me to
a meeting. I met Jane and Walt at the meeting place, liked what I
saw and eventually joined the club.
Jane took me under her wing
for the first couple of years I was in the club and has remained
a good friend ever since. She had an almost infectious enthusiasm
about life that brightened my spirits no matter how down I might
have been before she came into the room. Jane didn't do anything
half way. She jumped right into the thick of things determined to
get as much as she possibly could out of each and every day.
Walt and Jane had the kind
of relationship most couples can only dream about...they were both
best friends and lovers. Jane and Walt didn't
start riding a motorcycle until they were both in their 50's and
she embraced her new hobby completely. She belonged to the GWRRA
(Gold Wing Road Riders Association) and to Spokes-Women. They both
rode the Polar Bear Circuit each winter and Jane rode the New Jersey
leg of the Pony Express Ride to fight brest cancer several years
ago. When heath problems made it difficult for her to hold her bike
up anymore, she didn't quit riding. Like any true motorcyclist would,
she found a way to keep riding by converting her husband's gold wing
into a trike (pictured below).
Walt bought another gold wing
and eventually converted his to a trike as well. The picture below
shows Walt and Jane arriving for a polar bear sign up in Old Bridge
this past winter.
Jane also collected Cats Meow
memorabilia with as much passion as she did everything else. She
has so many items that Walt built shelves along the ceiling in their
home so she could display her collection for everyone to enjoy. She
had hundreds of friends and shared her passions with anyone who wanted
to be a part of them.
Jane had this shy and yet endearing
way of talking about herself in the third person. Barbara told me
about one year when Jane was going to be away for Christmas. Jane
spent the month before she left decorating her house and yard
because she always had a beautiful festive home for the holidays
and wanted to make sure it was still festive for her neighbors even
if she wouldn't be there.
If you needed Jane she was
there. She was a good and loyal friend. I cried when I heard
the news of her death. The words that best describe how I saw Jane
Ann Kern are
was a kind and gentle woman with a beautiful soul."
I loved her and I will miss