Gerald “Jerry” Joseph Sterner, age 87, of Victoria, formerly of Winsted, died Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2018, at Waconia Good Samaritan Society in Waconia.
A Memorial Mass of Christian Burial will take place Monday, Jan. 15 at 11 a.m. at St. Victoria Catholic Church, 8228 Victoria Drive, Victoria, with Father Robert White presiding. The family will receive friends from 10 to 11 a.m. at the church. The inurnment will take place at a later date at Holy Trinity Catholic Cemetery in Winsted.
Funeral arrangements are with the Bertas Funeral Home & Cremation Services of Chaska.
Jerry was born Oct. 23, 1930, in New Germany, to Frank and Anna (Schmidt) Sterner, one of six children.
He graduated from Waconia High School in 1948.
Jerry married Veronica Mallak June 20, 1953, at St. Adalbert’s Catholic Church in Silver Lake. They had five sons, two which they lost in infancy.
Jerry was proprietor of Sterner Lighting, Sterner Industries, and SJF Material Handling of Winsted. He was a resident of Winsted before moving to Victoria.
Jerry was a member the Knights of Columbus, the Catholic Order of Foresters, Winsted American Legion, and St. Victoria Catholic Church. His Catholic faith was very important to him.
Jerry always wanted his family to work together. He enjoyed sports, golf, fishing, hunting, and being with family and friends.
In addition to his infant sons, Gerald and Jerome; Jerry was preceded in death by his parents; and brothers, Leander and Joe.
Survivors include his loving wife, Veronica; sons, Stafford (Diane) of Bloomington, James (Paula) of Waconia, and Frank (Paula) of Waconia; seven grandchildren, Megan (Shaun) Boll, Caitlin (Ryan) Kiskis, Sam (Kelli) Sterner, Nicholas, Josh and Jesse Sterner, and Scarlett (Logan) Barnes; four great-grandchildren, Parker, Isla, William and Jack; sisters Marie, Janet, and Diane; and other relatives and friends.