Lee Frederick Stern, 67, of Springfield, died Saturday, June 15, 2019, at Oak Hills Living Center in New Ulm.
Visitation will be today (Wednesday, June 19) from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. in Sturm Funeral Home, Springfield Chapel and will continue on Thursday from 9:30 until 10:30 a.m. at the Zion Lutheran Church in Sanborn.
Funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday in Zion Lutheran Church, Sanborn with Pastor Matthew Sprunger officiating. Interment will be at Zion Lutheran Cemetery
The Lord welcomed Lee Stern home to heaven on June 15, 2019. He died peacefully surrounded by his family at Oak Hills hospice care in New Ulm.
Lee Frederick Stern was born Sept. 17, 1951, to Ewald and Alma (Pabst) Stern, in Springfield, Minnesota. Lee attended Springfield Elementary School and Sanborn High School where he graduated in 1969. Upon high school graduation, Lee attended Mankato Commercial College and studied in the field of accounting. Following graduation, Lee enlisted in the U.S. army. He was stationed in Germany serving in the 3rd Infantry Division in an artillery unit. He received an honorable discharge in 1972.
Lee returned home to farm in both the Sanborn and Springfield area. Lee was a lifelong member of Zion Lutheran Church in Sanborn. It was there that he met his wife, Sharon. They were married on June 21, 1974, in Manitowoc, Wisc. They had two children, Michael and Katherine. Lee farmed the family farm
until he retired in 2014.
In retirement, Lee enjoyed working around the farm and fishing on Lake Mary with family and friends. He was a fan of his granddaughters’ sports and theater activities and they will fondly remember Grandpa for his 4-wheeler rides and friendly teasing.
Lee was a member of the American Legion in Springfield, and served on the church board and school board at Zion Lutheran Church in Sanborn.
Lee is survived by his loving wife, Sharon Stern; his children, Michael (Sheila) Stern and three granddaughters of Maple Grove, and Katherine (Vince) Glass of Sacramento, Calif.; his mother, Alma Bredvold of Springfield; siblings, Ed (Deb) Stern of Goodhue, and Carol (Norbert) Evers of Mankato; and many nieces and nephews.
Lee was preceded in death by his father, Ewald Stern; step-father, Ray Bredvold; father-in-law, Vernon Buth; and nephew, Cole Stern.
The Stern family would like to thank the oncology staff of the New Ulm Medical Center and the hospice care team at Oak Hills for their loving care and concern shown to Lee throughout his battle with cancer.
Arrangements are with the Sturm Funeral Home in Springfield. Online condolences may be left for the family at www.sturmfh.com.