Marianna Kernander, 61

NAPLES — Marianna “Marianne” Kernander, 61, formerly of Boxford, Mass., passed away at a local nursing home under the care of loving friend Philip J. Gibbs who was by her side.

She was born in Salem, Mass., daughter of Warren N. and Ann (Evans) Kernander. She graduated from Masconomet Regional High School in 1974, received a BS degree in Pharmacy from URI in 1978, and a Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology from the California School of Psychology in 1996.

As a youth, she was active in Brownies and 4-H. She loved skiing, tennis, golf and water sports.

Marianne’s career started in pharmaceutical sales, including an overseas assignment in Paris and Rome. Later, she was a licensed pharmacist for several years on Long Island, New York.

Her skills in the medical field were of great significance as she relocated to Maine to care for her brother George and her mother.

She was predeceased by her father, Warren N.; her mother; Ann E. Kernander; and an older brother, George E. Kernander.

She is survived by her brother, Warren N. Kernander Jr. of South Lyon, Mich.; a niece and nephew, Caitlin and Cullen of Mich.; two cousins, Joyce and Carl Kernander; and a beloved aunt, Mary “Heather” Evans Fitzgerald of Alexandria, Va.

The Kernander family wishes to express heartfelt thanks to the staff of Ledgeview Living Center in West Paris, Maine, for their kind and loving care of our loved one.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend her Graveside Service, which will be held in Pine Grove Cemetery, in Topsfield, on Saturday, Sept. 1st, at 12 noon. Assisting the family with the arrangements is the Peterson-O’Donnell Funeral Home, 167 Maple St., (Rte. 62) Danvers, Mass. In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy may be made in Marianne’s memory to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105. To share a memory or offer a condolence, please visit

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