Fred E. Sterna, 89, Mandan, passed away peacefully at his home on January 7, 2011. A Funeral Service will be held at 11:00 AM on Wednesday, January 12 at First Lutheran Church, Mandan, with Reverend Jack Carlson officiating. Burial will be at the North Dakota Veterans Cemetery will military honors provided by the Mandan VFW and American Legion Posts.
Visitation will be held from 5-8 pm on Tuesday, January 11 at Buehler-Larson Funeral Home, Mandan, and continue one hour prior to the service at the church on Wednesday.
Fred was born September 27, 1921 at Solen, ND the son of Joseph and Alma (Perterla) Sterna. Fred grew up and attended country school in the Mandan area before starting work at an early age. As a young man, he joined the United States Army and served his country during WW II. After being honorably discharged, he returned to the area and became self employed by driving truck. On March 10, 1956 Fred married the love of his life, Darlene Schatz, in Mandan. After driving truck for some more years, he became employed for Lincoln-Oakes Nursery. In 1976 he went to work for Morton County Park District. Fred very much enjoyed his years working there and retired as Superintendent in 1983. Over the years Fred loved coyote hunting, horses, and his greyhound dogs. Fred will be missed by his family and friends, including his wife of nearly 55 years, Darlene, Mandan; two daughters, Ardis Gloria, Bismarck and Corrie (Luis) Carbajal, Coppers Cove, TX; three sons, Casey (Robin) Sterna, Prescott, AZ, Freddie (Dawn) Sterna, Reed Point, MT, and Chad Sterna, Hensler, ND; eight grandchildren, Casey Jr. (Nola), Tanya, Dustin (Keri), Melissa (Tim), Dominique, Joshua, Christina, and Brittany (Travis); four great-grandchildren, Jace, Maddox, Tayden, and Michelle; two sisters, Della Belohlavek, Mandan and Fern (Tom) Smith, Georgetown, TX; two brothers, John (Joan) Sterna, Mandan and Art Sterna, Missoula, MT; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He is preceded in death by his parents; five brothers, Bernie, Arnold, Melvin, Donald, and Harvey; two sisters, Donna and Ardis; two sisters-in-law, Gladys and Clementine, and a brother-in-law, Gus.