Shirley Kernan

Shirley Kernan (Rowe)

Tuesday, February 26th, 1929 - Sunday, May 24th, 2020
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Shirley Rowe Kernan, born February 26, 1929 in MacDonald, PA, passed on May 24, 2020, spending her life in the South Hills area of Pittsburgh. Shirley was the epitome of style and grace, and lit up every room she entered. Shirley and Jim Kernan eloped on April 28, 1947 when she was a senior in high school and were married 59 years, until Jim’s passing in 2006. Their romance was one for the ages. They loved their Pittsburgh family and friends and spent many evenings at the Living Room, The Colony, and St Clair Country Club. In the winters they would live in St Thomas, USVI, traveling with family and friends there. Shirley also travelled the world over the years, often with her sister, Jeanne. Shirley was a warm and welcoming hostess who charmed people around the world, the word most people use to describe her is “kind.” The world has lost one amazing, loved, woman. May she forever rest in peace.

Shirley is survived by children Kathleen (Barnett Bursley), Michael Kernan, Christine (Michael Burlew), Timothy (Katherine Sersich Kernan), Elizabeth (Russell Siegelman), Dennis (Kathryn Miller Kernan), and grandchildren James Bursley, Loren Burlew (Erin), James Burlew (Sarah), John Kernan (Amanda Ruby Paige), Patrick Kernan, Jacob Rowe Kernan, Maxwell Kernan Siegelman, Jacob Kernan Siegelman, Kevin Kernan and Allison Kernan.

Funeral arrangements by BEINHAUER, 2828 Washington Road, (724) 941-3211, McMurray. Due to current health restrictions, Holy Mass will be celebrated live online Sunday, May 31, at 12pm at St. Bernard Church: In lieu of flowers donations in Shirley's name can be made to Baptist Homes, 489 Castle Shannon Blvd., Pittsburgh, PA 15234. Please view and add tributes at
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    National Cemetery of the Alleghenies
    1158 Morgan Road
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    Services will take place at a later date.
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    National Cemetery of the Alleghenies
    1158 Morgan Road
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  • Roman Catholic Church


Donations are being accepted for: BAPTIST HOMES FOUNDATION.


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Kristen peckich

Posted at 09:10pm
I loved Shirley. She was my favorite client. I will miss doing her hair and her sound travel advice. She was such a lovely human and I wont ever forget her.

Jeffrey Fitzwilliam

Posted at 08:55pm
My deepest condolences to the Kernan family. May God's grace be with you.

Cheryl Fox

Posted at 04:56pm
Aunt Shirley was a remarkable woman who enjoyed her family and friends. She traveled the world and painted with style and grace. I was named for her and greatly admired her. She was strong and independent before it was the norm. She will be remembered with love. Our condolences to her children and their families, her friends, and to my mother who just lost her sister and best friend. Cheryl & Kely Fix & Dr. Fred Bloetscher.

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