Helen R. Stern
June 3, 1929
ó March 14, 2017

Helen R. SternHelen R. Stern, 87, of Ashippun, passed away on Tuesday, March 14, 2017 at Lake Country Health and Rehab Center in Oconomowoc.

Helen was born on June 3, 1929 in Sugar Island, the daughter of Martin and Erna (Braunschweig) Pankow. Helen married Howard C. Stern on March 29, 1952, at St. Paulís Lutheran Church in Sugar Island and the two enjoyed 59 years of marriage together until his death in 2011. Helen and Howard worked and raised their children on their family farm in Ashippun. Helenís faith was central in her life and she was a lifelong active member of St. Paulís Lutheran Church in Sugar Island. Helen will be dearly missed by her family and friends.

Survivors include her three children, Caryl (Gary) Watterson of Oconomowoc, Debra (Francisco Rios) Stern of Bellingham, Wash., and James (Susan) Stern of Sullivan; six grandchildren, Tara, Ryan, Bretta, Zekial, Marc and Natalia; two great-grandchildren, Eleanor and Henry.

Helen is also survived by a number of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Helen was preceded in death by her husband, Howard; her parents; one sister; and three brothers.

A memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Thursday March 23, 2017, at St. Paulís Lutheran Church in Sugar Island with the Rev. Dan Helwig presiding. A visitation will be held at the church on Thursday from 1:00 p.m. until the time of service. Burial will be held in the church cemetery at a later date.

The family would like to express their sincere thanks to the staff of Lake Country Health and Rehab Center in Oconomowoc for the friendship and loving care they provided.

Pederson-Nowatka Funeral Homes is caring for the family. To place an online condolence, please visit