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Roberta Jean Kernler

October 28, 1933 — June 3, 2023


Roberta (Berta) set sail for her greatest adventure yet on June 3, 2023, when she left her earthly body, peacefully, with loved ones around her bidding wishes of safe travels. In her last year of life at Country Terrace Assisted Living, she charmed (and surprised) everyone she met with her unabashed sassiness, wit and humor, just as she did with every single person she met in her 89 years of life. God bless Roberta’s parents, William and Pearl Majewski, who ushered her into this world to make a splash as the baby of the family on October 28, 1933 in Ashland, WI. Her siblings welcomed her with open arms into their large and tight knit Northern WI family. They all went on to raise families of their own, expanding the footprint of the Majewski magic of large, multigenerational gatherings that anyone would be lucky to have a seat at.


Berta lived a full life of passion, adventure and pure fun often fueled by the love and dedication by her late husband of 44 years, Robert Kernler. What Berta wanted, Berta got and that included their 3 children. As their children grew and had families of their own, Berta and Bob’s homes in Milwaukee, Elm Grove and West Bend, WI became the epicenter of beautiful celebrations and holidays filled with cheer. Who could ever forget the epic annual Easter egg hunt or the always looming Husar’s box gag gift on Christmas. Berta was always dressed to impress, and although she was not known to be a great chef, her fruit fluff was coveted. All of the grandkids knew they were in for a treat with each visit - Berta had a serious sweet tooth that ensured delicious times. She marked her territory in every pie and cake that was being served with a little finger swipe that was easily blamed on the littlest kid there.


Berta was always giddy to plan grand adventures, making memories that will never be forgotten. Snorkeling in the Keys, an African safari, countless music festivals, RV travels to every single state (except Alaska), Fiji, Germany, Australia, Aruba, Virgin Islands, Bahamas... the list goes on and on. She truly instilled a sense of wonder in all of those who she traveled with. Perched on the bow of the boat, laughing loudly amidst splashes of water, the waves had nothing on her epic hunger for experiences. Never worried about jumping in - she floated like a bobber.


Berta’s name became GiGi as she went from grandma to great grandmother, and her fascination and joy that came from each newborn was contagious. Forever young, GiGi’s love and pride for her family was so sweet. Though she never needed a reason to shop, each new addition to the family was always a great excuse to add to her collection of jewelry. It was no surprise that she loved gold and diamonds... their sparkle resembles her spirit. Her great-grandchildren, and her most recent great-great grandchild, certainly knew of her great love for them.


Roberta is preceded in death by her parents: William Majewski & Pearl (D’Evangelista)  Majewski, husband: Robert Kernler, brother: Louis Majewski, Sisters: Juanita Dufek (Majewski) & Frances Rast (Majewski), Brother-in-Laws: Tom Dufek, Darrell Randall & Milton Rast, Sister-in-Law: Marion Majewski, Son-in-law: Douglas Blundon, Nephews: Robert Dufek, Dean Dufek & Bill Randall, Nieces: Roberta Dryer (Dufek) & Jean Majewski and her beloved dog, Ruby Rose.


Those Roberta leaves behind to cherish her memory include her sister: Carola Randall (Majewski), Brother-in-law: Edwin “Don” Kernler (Joyce), her children: Robin Brown (Rick), Rhonda Sybeldon (Michael), Robert Kernler Jr. (Kimberly), grandchildren: Renee Sawvell (Steve), Nicolette Wamsley, Samantha Montanaro, Byron Sybeldon (Stephanie), Julianne Buechler (Michael), Great-grandchildren: Shawn Sawvell (Bri), Faith Sawvell, Summer Wamsley, Carmine Montanaro, Makayla & Brianna Kulick, Henry & Greta Buechler and great-great-grandson: Hudson Sawvell, as well as numerous Nieces and Nephews.


Roberta was so special - truly a one of a kind - and is already greatly missed. Per her wishes, her beautiful life will be commemorated by the planting of a white flowering crab tree on September 29, 2023 in Boulder Junction, WI, where she felt most at home in her last decade of life. Roberta’s loved ones will celebrate and carry on her elegant, beautiful spirit forever.


In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Alzheimer’s Association.

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