Kenneth Harn Jr., funeral director's assistant

December 26, 2009|By Frederick N. Rasmussen

Kenneth W. Harn Jr., a retired funeral director's assistant and longtime South Baltimore resident, died of complications from a stroke Dec. 14 at Mercy Medical Center. He was 67.

Mr. Harn, who was known as "Kenny" or "Wesley," was born and raised in South Baltimore and attended city public schools.

Mr. Harn retired this month from McCully-Polyniak Funeral Home, where he had been a funeral director's assistant and chauffeur for 48 years.

"Kenny was very devoted to his position and took pride in every aspect of funeral service, and was very willing to share his knowledge and experience with young people who chose this work," said Francis Karczmarek, a McCully-Polyniak funeral director.

He recalled that Mr. Harn was a stickler for "proper procedure and dignity" regarding funeral services.

Mr. Harn had been married for the past 24 years to the former Anna Hecner, who had owned and operated Ann's Flowers on Fort Avenue, where her husband also worked delivering flowers.

Since 1985, the couple had lived in New Park, Pa.

"Kenny's hobbies were sitting and relaxing with a Coors Light and traveling," Mrs. Harn said.

Services were held Monday at St. Michael's Ukrainian Catholic Church on Eastern Avenue.

Also surviving are a son, Kenneth W. Harn III of Timonium; a daughter, Konnie Pavlik of New Windsor; a brother, Gary Harn of Baltimore; a sister, Eunice Daugherty of Ferndale; four grandchildren; and a great-grandchild.

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