Joseph H. Stern

A Mass of Christian burial was held for Joseph H. Stern of Cedarburg on July 14, 2008, 4 p.m. at St. Francis Borgia North Catholic Church. Visitation was held at the church prior to the service. Interment took place at St. Joseph’s Cemetery in Grafton.

Joe was born on July 02, 1920, in Chicago, Ill., son of the late Peter and Marie (nee Meyer) Stern. He was born into a family which ran a family grocery business in Chicago. As time went on, they moved from Chicago to Milwaukee and eventually Grafton where the Stern family owned and operated the Sentry store (Stern Family Foods) for many decades.

Joe married Bertina "Betty" Ann (nee Bink) on Dec 04, 1943, while he was home on leave from the U.S. Army. They had a short honeymoon before Joe was sent to Europe to serve his country during World War II.

After the war, Joe and Betty began their family in Grafton and had eight children. Joe continued working his profession as a tool and die maker. Joe worked for Grob Manufacturing in Grafton where his employer, Benjamin Grob, taught Joe how to fly an airplane. He later worked many years in the tool room at Kiekhaefer Motors, later Mercury Marine Outboard in Cedarburg. Joe also worked the evening shift at the family grocery store for many years.

After their retirement, Joe and Betty could be found hooking up their camper and touring the country with the "Holiday Ramblers" group. They eventually found that Texas was the place to be and made Pharr, Texas, their winter home.

Joe could always be found building or fixing something around the house, or helping one of his children out with their projects.

Joe was also an avid "Sheepshead" player and many times would clean house on a lousy hand.

Joe is survived by his wife, Bertina "Betty" (nee Bink); pre-deceased by his daughters, Mary Stern and Joann Stern; survived by daughters Susan Stern, Patty (Jeff) Guidinger, Gail (Timothy) Brooks, Cynthia (Dennis) Schultz, Diane Somers; and son Joseph P. Stern; seven grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Joe was pre-deceased by two brothers, Ralph and Erwin; survived by sisters Alice and Marilyn and his brother, Louis.