Linus “Lenny” Stern

Linus ‘Lenny’ Stern


Linus “Lenny” Stern, age 74, of New Ulm passed away peacefully on Sunday, October 15, 2023 at the Oak Hills Living Center in New Ulm. 

Memorial service will be 11:00 a.m. Monday, October 23, 2023 at the Minnesota Valley Funeral Home – South Chapel in New Ulm. Burial will follow in the New Ulm City Cemetery, Soldier’s Rest section where the New Ulm Area Comrades of Valor Honor Guard will provide full military honors. 

Visitation will be from 10-11 a.m. Monday, October 23, 2023 at the Minnesota Valley Funeral Home – South Chapel in New Ulm.

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Lenny is survived by his wife of over 48 years, Susan Stern of New Ulm; sons, Eric Stern of New Ulm, Matthew Stern of Waite Park, Brandon (Michel) Stern of Mounds View; three grandchildren, Kayla, Andrew, and Emily; and his extended family and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers in infancy.

Linus Lee Stern was born December 5, 1948 to Arthur and Delores (Hoecherl) Stern in Springfield. He graduated from Springfield High School in 1966. Lenny then went on to attend college in Winona for two years before enlisting in the United States Navy, where he served multiple tours during the Vietnam Conflict. When his service was completed, Lenny returned home and met the love of his life, Susan Bastian, at Archie’s Bar in New Ulm. Lenny told his friends that day “that’s the girl I’m going to marry” and, on August 9, 1975, the couple was united in marriage at St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in New Ulm. Lenny supported his family by working at B.F. Goodrich, which eventually became Ilpea Industries. 

In his free time, Lenny enjoyed playing softball with the work team, coaching baseball for his boys, selling poppies, working the concession stands, playing cards with his family and friends, and watching Minnesota sports. Many treasured memories were made going on trips to Valley Fair, playing catch, and fixing anything and everything with his kids. Lenny was a member of St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church where he served as an usher for many years, the VFW, DAV, American Legion, NU Baseball Association, and strong supporter of the Brown County Humane Society. Lenny will be dearly missed by all who knew him. Blessed be his memory.

In lieu of flowers, donations are preferred to the VFW or Brown County Humane Society.

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