Mildred Frances (Levis)'s Story
Mildred Frances (Levis) McKernan passed away at the age of 95, after a period of declining health. Born on July 1, 1922 in Lawrence, Mass., she was the youngest child of Bridget Naughton and Thomas Levis, both from Ireland.
Mildred graduated from St. Patrick’s Grammar School and subsequently St. Patrick’s High School. Pursuing a career in nursing, she attended the Lawrence General School of Nursing where she graduated in 1943. During WWII, she served as an ensign in the U.S. Navy at the Naval Hospital in Chelsea, Mass.
Mildred married Francis Charles McKernan in 1948 at St. Patrick’s Church. Widowed at an early age, she returned to her nursing career, working in local nursing homes including Stevens Hall in North Andover where she worked for several years.
As a lifelong parishioner of St. Patrick’s Church, she belonged to the Lady’s Sodality, and many other organizations where she donated her time and talent. Mildred’s life was one of service to others; she was a loving daughter, a devoted wife, an exceptional mom and nana. She will be missed by all whose lives were enriched by her presence.
She is survived by two daughters, Kathleen Moreau and her husband, Paul of Plaistow, N.H., Patricia Benjamin of North Andover, Mass.; and three sons, Francis McKernan and his wife, Debra (DeSantis) of Methuen, Mass., Thomas McKernan and his wife, Susan (Lawlor) of Hampton, N.H., and John McKernan and his wife, Maria (Barker) of Temecula, Calif.
Her granddaughters include, Tara (Benjamin) Brown, Kimberly (Moreau) Kaloustian, Kelly (Moreau) Beresford, Brigid (McKernan) Gosselin, Meaghan McKernan, and Sarah and Grace McKernan. Mildred has seven grandsons, Patrick and Kevin McKernan, Francis McKernan III, John, Matthew, Kevin and Andrew McKernan. Mildred also has nine great-grandchildren, Dylan and Zachary Brown, Sofia and Sadie Kaloustian, Caleb and Avery Beresford, Olivia and Eric Michael Gosselin and Adrienne McKernan. Several nieces and nephews are among her survivors as well as Lucille McKernan, Mildred’s sister-in-law.
Mildred is predeceased by her husband, Francis C. McKernan who served as a Lawrence firefighter for over 21 years. Her deceased siblings are Joseph and Wilfred Levis, Cecelia Herward and Lena Markey.
Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to visiting hours on Tuesday, September 5, 2017, from 4 to 8 p.m. at the John Breen Memorial Funeral Home, 35 Merrimack Street, North Andover, MA. A funeral Mass will be held on Wednesday, September 6, 2017, at 11 a.m. at St. Patrick’s Church in Lawrence, Mass., followed by burial at the Holy Sepulchre Cemetery in North Andover, Mass.
In lieu of flowers, Mildred asked that contributions be made to the Cor Unum Meal Center at 118 So. Broadway, Lawrence, MA 01843; St. Patrick’s Church at 118 S. Broadway, Lawrence, MA 01843; or the Maryknoll Lay Missioners (at mklm.org) or by mail to P.O. Box 307, Maryknoll, NY 10545.
Published on  September 3, 2017