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Thomas Kerschensteiner (Kerschensteiner)

Thomas Kerschensteiner (Kerschensteiner)

Thomas Alan “Tom” Kerschensteiner, 76, passed away on September 9, 2023, in Winston-Salem, NC. Tom was born on July 19, 1947 in Corning, NY, the eldest of 6 children born to the late Alfred and Susan (Kapral) Kerschensteiner. Tom was a 1965 graduate of East High School in Corning, NY. He earned a Bachelor's Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Penn State University, later obtaining an MBA from Syracuse University. Tom began his professional journey with Xerox in Rochester, NY, then with Corning Glass Works in Corning, NY, relocating to Kernersville, NC in 1984 to join AMP/Tyco Corporation.

He had a strong interest in classic cars, enjoyed attending car shows and won many awards for his 1961 Austin-Healey Bugeye Sprite. Tom loved watching car races in person and on television - especially Formula 1. He attended many races at Watkins Glen, NY while living there and recently he enjoyed going to VIR (Virginia International Raceway) to watch classic car races with his brother Dan and son-in-law Jeremy.

He is survived by his loving and devoted wife of 48 years, Jean; daughters, Lynne Privette (Casey), and Jennifer Motsinger (Jeremy); four grandchildren, Kaylin Privette, Ethan Privette, Claire Motsinger, and Savannah Motsinger; his brothers, Dr. Daniel Kerschensteiner and Gary Kerschensteiner (Gale); his sisters, Janice Albertsen (Peter), Sharon Ahlgren (Robert) and Lisa Papageorge; in addition to many loving cousins, nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother-in-law, Sam Papageorge.

A funeral service will be held at 1:00 p.m. Monday, October 2, 2023 at Hayworth-Miller Kernersville Chapel. Burial will follow at Mt. Gur Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 11:30 – 12:45 prior to the service at the funeral home.

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09/27/23 11:50 AM #1    

Judith Walton (Hanley)

Does anyone have contact information for Tom's wife, Jean?

09/27/23 01:33 PM #2    

Sally A. Shaddock (Matthews)

Great guy...so much fun! I remember riding with him in his (I think) yellow VW convertible on River Road in South Corning. I'm so sorry to hear of his passing and send my sincere condolences to his family. Sally (Shaddock) Matthews

09/27/23 01:53 PM #3    

Michael P. Mulcahy

Tom and I grew up living next door to each other on Steuben street. We spent many winter mornings walking to school till he got a driver license and could drive.Most of the conversations were always about cars and mechanics or something to do with mechanical theory. It does not surprise me he became a mechanical engineer, That was his calling from the get go.One other note Yes Tom could talk over my head on mechanical knowledge but I never admitted it to him.

09/27/23 03:30 PM #4    

Davida DeBLASIO (Telehany)

Dear Jean and Family,

I'm so very sorry to hear that Tom passed away.  Please know that you are all in my thoughts and prayers at this time of great loss.


Davida (DeBlasio) Telehany

09/27/23 10:23 PM #5    

Ronald E. Allison

I first met Tom in the 3rd grade at Severn School. He was a great guy. I missed seeing him at our last few reunions. My Prayers go out to Jean and family. RIP Tom heart

09/28/23 12:08 PM #6    

George Sproule (Sproule)

Rest in peace Tom. So glad we were friends.

09/29/23 04:47 PM #7    

Joseph Gois

My condolences to Tom's family. Rest in peace Tom.

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