Alicia Kern

October 29, 1947February 7, 2019

Alicia Ululani Kern, 71, passed away unexpectedly on Thursday, Feb 7, 2019.

She was born in Honolulu, HI to the late George Sr. and Alice (Akana) Sanborn. The youngest of three, she is preceded in death by brother George Sanborn Jr., survived by Randy (Aloha) Sanborn and numerous nieces & nephews. Alicia graduated from the prestigious Kamehameha Boarding School in 1965. She left Oahu for the first time to attend Manchester College in Indiana. It was there that she met the love of her life of over 50 years, Wayne Kern. They wed on August 23, 1969. Although leaving her family in Hawaii was difficult, she loved her new family she gained in Ohio, where she and Wayne resided in Miamisburg since 1971. There they raised two beloved children, Bryan & Sarah Kern, and numerous house pets and strays she adopted and cherished through the years.

Alicia was an elementary teacher at Centerville City Schools for 33 years. She touched countless lives and she loved to share her love of nature and butterflies with her students and colleagues. She met lifelong friends during her teaching years & was a member of Delta Kappa Gamma Sorority.

Upon retirement, she was blessed with four grandchildren, Jillian and Chloe Kern & Isabella and Bronx Kildow. Her ever growing family meant everything to her and her proudest moments were of and with them.

Since its inception, Alicia was a lead guide at the Butterfly House at Cox Arboretum. She was passionate about butterflies, specifically the Monarchs. Her own garden & yard was an official Monarch Waystation to promote conservation. An avid gardener, she earned her Master Gardener Achievement through The OSU Extension.

She founded Blessings In A Bag ministry for Miamisburg students, through St James United Methodist Church, in which she was a longtime, faithful member. BIB provides a weekly bag of food to all free/reduced lunch children within the district. Students are given the food to help sustain them over the weekends. This ministry was dear to her heart, as she believed no child should ever go hungry.

In addition, she was the Ladies Auxiliary President at the American Legion Post 165.

Alicia was a woman of God, devoted wife, mom, grandma, friend, teacher, gardener, butterfly lady, animal lover, and an uncompromising Buckeye football fan. She lived her life to the fullest, without regret, and always of service to others.

In lieu of flowers, please consider keeping her legacies alive through service or donations to Blessings In A Bag, St James UMC or Cox Arboretum, where a tribute bench will be dedicated in her memory inside the Butterfly House.


  • Services will be announced at a later date

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Brenda Stone

February 19, 2019

I always looked forward to seeing her smiling face. Alicia was such a model for genuine love of God and family. Her flower displays were so beautifully arranged. She will be greatly missed at St. James church by everyone.
I’m very saddened by losing her friendship. Brenda Stone

John Kern

February 18, 2019

Uncle Wayne, Bryan, and Sarah,

Been thinking of everyone in your time of loss. Praying that your memories will bring you peace and time will heal your saddened hearts. I have cherished memories of the many times I spent at your home as a child. Aunt Alicia always welcomed me in for the night or weekend. I will always remember her infectious smile and laugh.

Love, John, Ann, Maria, Marlee

Kevin Kepler

February 14, 2019

To the family of Alicia Kern I send my heart felt condolences. I worked for over 30 years at FiveRivers MetroPark and spent over 20 years at Cox Arboretum where Alecia volunteered , it was there that I got to know and love this amazing woman. Alecia was a special volunteer who truly gave her heart and sole to her volunteer work, she was a devoted and regular volunteer that we ALL looked forward to seeing almost every week for many years. Alecia worked side by side other volunteers and the staff. It was inthese situations that we all got to truly know and appreciate each other's gifts and talents, she was a blessing to us , and a friend.
It is my hope that her family is comforted in knowing that her presence and kindness enriched all of us who had the sincere pleasure of having her in our lives.
My last conversation with her was at my retirement party in April of 2018, she came to wish me congratulations and good luck. It was a wonderful last memory of my friend .
I said a little prayer for her today when I learned of her passing and I will always remember her contribution to my life that is personal and wonderful .
I hope it helps just a little being reminded what a well lived life has been to the many people that she touched.
My sincere sympath to her family and huge circle of friends
Kevin Kepler

Shirley & Walter Foust

February 13, 2019

Alicia may be gone from our site, but never from our hearts or the memories we shared together. She will live on in all the paths she paved for future generations. She was the most generous, kind, loving, caring, and giving person. We are so blessed to have called her, Wayne, Bryan, Sarah, and
their children our very best friends for some 50+ years.
Friends may come and go through our life, but true friends stay beyond.
She left us when God called her home. May she reside in Heaven for
eternity along with the Angels. She was an angel here on Earth.
We will always treasure the friendship we shared and will love and miss her
forever. Forever Friends, Walter & Shirley Foust

Gloria Breh

February 13, 2019

Alicia was a joyful person! I enjoyed working with her at Driscoll for many years! When her class entered my music room, they were joyful also because of the happiness that came from their teacher, Alicia!
Eternal rest grant unto Alicia, Oh Lord , and may perpetual light shine upon her!
I will miss her!

Gloria Breh

Jane Simpson

February 12, 2019

So impressed with all that Alicia did throughout her life, she was a very accomplished woman of God. So fortunate that I got to spend time with her. Alicia may you rest in Heaven.
Jane Simpson

Alberta Duncan

February 12, 2019

Alicia was a sweet person that included me in the ladies auxiliary after only a few times of talking with her. Playing taps with honor guard and moving into a new area is not always easy, but she sure made me feel welcome. So sorry I didn't get to know her more and longer. Between her and Wayne, they have been very helpful getting to know the new area. How I will miss her. Love and prayers, Wayne and family. God bless.
Alberta Duncan

Joan Seabaugh

February 12, 2019

I had the privilege of being on the Driscoll staff with Alicia.being in the K-1 unit, I did not work directly with her but we would see each other almost every day. Her charming smile and positive attitude was always as fresh at the end of the day as it was at the beginning. Alicia was a truly dedicated teacher who provided a very happy learning environment. She will be remembered by many. My deepest sympathy to the Kern family.

Gayl Sampson

February 12, 2019

Alicia and I worked together at Driscoll Elementary for many years. She was my "across the hall neighbor" and we shared many afternoon visits talking about family and work. God blessed her with so many talents which she shared with teachers, students, friends, family, church and her community. She loved learning and shared that love with her students. My son was blessed to have Alicia for his second grade teacher and is considered a favorite. She will be missed! I send my love to her family who she treasured.

Linda Weiss

February 11, 2019

Wayne, Brian & Sarah, we want to express our deepest sympathy to each of you in the loss of your Wife, Mother and Grandmother. Brian went to school with our sons, Matthew and David.
May you find pease and comfort in the coming days and months of the memories you have shared with her through the years, and knowing she’s at rest with her Heavenly Father.
Dick, Linda, David & Matthew Weiss