Obituary of Edward J. Kerstetter
Edward J. Kerstetter, 64, of Egg Harbor Township, passed away peacefully surrounded by his loving family, after a courageous battle with cancer, that he fought to the end before releasing his spirit. Ed was born in Atlantic City and raised in Ventnor, eventually making the family home in Egg Harbor Township. He attended St. James Grammar School and Holy Spirit High School, but graduated from Atlantic City High School in 1975 after coming to a mutual agreement with Fr. Sullivan. He made lifelong friendships with the classmates and neighbors he grew up with in Ventnor. He always enjoyed being active playing football, skiing, golfing and of course, his favorite activity, fishing the ocean and bay around Atlantic County (if he told you where he fished, he’d have to kill you). Striper season was always marked on the calendar. Ed was also very competitive in the Kerstetter family card games and bowling tournaments. The bragging rights in any family win were his proudest possession.
Ed married Debbie in 1982 and their bond after 39 years remained unbreakable and strong. They were an unbeatable team in any activity they undertook from sports to cooking to entertaining to home repairs, but Deb was definitely team captain. Ed and Debbie loved entertaining family and friends at their home and their welcoming natures encouraged everyone to be there. Ed was a loving father to Ed and Joe and enjoyed nothing more than spending time with them doing things they all enjoyed and passing his love for golf to Eddie and fishing to Joe. Their many trips to Disney World were great family adventures when the boys were young. Ed’s nickname, “the Clam” was fitting for a bartender and his King Pin patrons and co-workers will miss him as much as his family.
Ed was predeceased by his parents William and Anne and brother Billy. Ed is survived by his loving, caring and strong wife Debbie, sons Ed, Jr. and Joe (Jessica); Sisters Lynne Kerstetter and Jeannette (Jeff) Young, Brothers John (Pennee) and Bobby (Kathy); sister-in-law Christine. He is also survived by his mother-in-law, Dorothy Martin, and sisters and brothers in law, JoAnn and Tony Onesky and Peggy and Jack Connor. He is survived by many nieces and nephews and if you were a nephew (or nephew-in-law) that golfed with him, that was special family time.
A viewing will be held on Wednesday, May 26th from 10am - 11:30am, followed by a 11:30am service, at the George H. Wimberg Funeral Home, 1707 New Rd., Linwood. Burial will be private.