2012-05-03 / Obituaries

Anita Kerkling

Anita Corinne Bayer was born May 19, 1932 in San Francisco, the third child of Louis Otis Bayer and Bernice Julia Cushman Bayer. She joined two older siblings, Leland Charles Bayer, born in 1929, and Shirley Irene Bayer, born in 1930. She passed peacefully at her home on April 18, with her family by her side.

Anita is survived by her husband of 47 years, Richard L. Kerkling; her sister, Shirley Irene Cameron; and her daughters, Shirley Claire Orme, Kerrie Ann Radoor and Kelley Jean Vogel and their spouses. She is also survived by 12 grandchildren and 16 great grandchildren.

Anita graduated from Burlingame High School in Milbrae in 1949 and shortly thereafter met her first husband, William Marion Bryant while working in Yosemite National Park. They were married Feb. 8, 1951, and soon became the parents of Shirley Claire Bryant. They lived in the Bay Area until 1958 when Anita moved to Merced. She worked for Merced County for seven years.

She married her second husband, Richard L. Kerkling on Feb 13, 1965, and moved to Mariposa where he owned a black angus ranch in the Indian Peak Road area. Two daughters were born to the couple, Kerrie Ann Kerkling and Kelley Jean Kerkling. Rich also opened a branch of Bryant Realty in Mariposa in about 1965, operating it for about 35 years until he retired from real estate. Rich and Anita also owned and operated Anita's Antiques in Mariposa for 20-plus years.

In 1970, they moved from the ranch to be closer to their work and built a home in the Morman Bar area of Mariposa where she still resided at the time of her death.

Anita was active during her children’s schooling years in the PTA. Also she was a member for many years of the Christian Science Society of Mariposa. She enjoyed homemaking, landscaping and gardening, gold panning and all kinds of nature. They built many trails with natural granite steps around their property and landscaped all around their home, adding 100-plus varieties of trees and shrubs to the native surroundings. Her children enjoyed a country upbringing with animals and nature which they are most grateful for.

A memorial service will be held at The Mariposa Christian Science Church on Fourth Street in Mariposa on Saturday May 19 at 3 p.m. All are welcome.

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