NEWTON, IMOGENE BROWN KASERMAN - age 92, of Knoxville, died Saturday, August 17, 2013 at her west Knoxville home. Imogene was born to the late Dr. Fred F. Brown and Nona Dover Brown on January 28, 1931, in Sherman, Texas. At three months of age, the family moved to Knoxville, Tennessee, and lived in the parsonage of Knoxville's First Baptist Church on Circle Park, where her father was the pastor.
She was an active member of First Baptist Church her entire life. She attended Old Knoxville High School, and after one year at Mars Hill College in North Carolina she entered nurses training at Old General Hospital in Knoxville and earned her RN diploma. She loved nursing and during her career worked at Baptist Hospital, Fort Sanders Recovery and ICU, and at Lakeshore Mental Health Institute for more than twenty years. She also taught at junior colleges and was active in professional activities. Imogene served as an ombudsman for the State of Tennessee focusing on nursing home facilities and was active with the Counsel on Aging.
She married Hugh Edward Kaserman of Knoxville on September 11, 1943. Many summers were spent at the Brown family cabin in Kinzel Springs with their five children. She loved to picnic, walk in the mountains, swim, go boating and water skiing, and visit relatives. After Hugh's death, she married Robert Newton of Silver Springs, Maryland whom she had dated in college. After his death, she moved back home to Knoxville.
She is survived by her sister, Mary Elizabeth Goedbloed of The Netherlands; her five children, Fred Kaserman, Alice Kaserman, Barton Kaserman all of Knoxville, Linda Cates of Oak Ridge, and Jenny Ward of Hendersonville, North Carolina. She is also survived by ten grandchildren and four great grandchildren.
A funeral service will be conducted at 1:00 p.m., Tuesday, in the sanctuary of First Baptist Church of Knoxville officiated by Reverend Dave Ward and Reverend Bob Money. Interment will follow in Highland Memorial Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to First Baptist Church of Knoxville, 510 W. Main Street, Knoxville, Tennessee 37902. The family will receive friends from 11:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m., Tuesday, prior to the funeral service at First Baptist Church. Online condolences may be extended at www.rosemortuary.com . Arrangements by Rose Mortuary Mann Heritage Chapel.
Published in Knoxville News Sentinel on August 18, 2013
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