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Richard J. Sterner, 84

Richard Joseph “Dick” Sterner, age 84, of Victoria, formerly of Winsted, entered eternal life in the early hours of Sunday, March, 6, 2011.

Dick proudly served his country in World War II in the US Navy aboard the USS Tulagi CVE-72. He was honorably discharged in August 1946. Dick was awarded a purple heart.

He graduated from Bowling Green State University in Ohio in 1950.

With his wife Doris, Dick owned Sterner Insurance Agency, and was vice president of Citizen’s State Bank in Winsted until his retirement in 1988. He was in the insurance and banking business his entire career.

Dick was an avid sportsman and a great lover of life. He was a kind spirit who possessed a unique charm and never-ending tenacity. He had a great appreciation for food, nature, history, and his country.

Dick will be greatly missed and his legacy will live on through his children and grandchildren.

He is survived by his loving wife of 58 years, Doris Theresa (Karels); six children, Kathryn Ann, John Richard, Mary Patricia (Steve Giambruno), Anne Marie (Mark Thome), Jeanne Julie, and Jone Marie (Joe Hafermann); and 12 grandchildren, Alexandra Kate Howard, Theresa Sterner, Nicholas, Joseph, Richard, and Gina Giambruno; John, George, and Peter Thome; and J.J., Emma, and Samuel Hafermann.

Dick was preceded in death by his parents, J.J. and Kathryn “Kit” Sterner; and his stepmother, Edna.

A Mass of Christian Burial took place Friday, March 11 at 10:30 a.m. at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Winsted with Father Tony Hesse as the celebrant. Interment with military rites followed at Holy Trinity Cemetery.

Honorary pallbearer was Nicholas Giambruno.

Pallbearers were Joe Giambruno, Richard “Rikki” Giambruno, J.J. Hafermann, Samuel Hafermann, John Thome, George Thome, and Peter Thome.

Visitation was Thursday, March 10 from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Chilson Funeral Home in Winsted, with an American Legion Ritual at 7:15 p.m., followed by parish prayers at 7:30 p.m.; and continued Thursday for one hour at the funeral home, prior to the Mass.

Memorials are preferred to the Winsted American Legion, Holy Trinity Church of Winsted, the American Diabetes Association, or the American Heart Association.

The Chilson Funeral Home in Winsted served the family. Online condolences may be made to www.chilsonfuneralhome.com.