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Martha L. Sterner

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Martha L. Sterner


Martha Louise Sterner, 85, passed away Thursday, May 8, 2014, at Deerfield Retirement Community in Urbandale, Iowa. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, May 13 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 16th and Grand, West Des Moines, Iowa, with a visitation held one hour prior. A luncheon for family and friends will be served in the Parish Center following Mass. A burial service will be held 1 p.m. Wednesday, May 14 at Mt. Olivet Cemetery, 7601 Blue Ridge Blvd., Kansas City, Missouri.

Martha was born on August 10, 1928 in Kansas City, Missouri, the daughter of Dr. Charles A. Koehler and Mary Gertrude (Cleary) Koehler. She attended Benedictine College in Atchison, Kansas. Her volunteer work was very important to her, having served on the Dowling High School Guild Board, the Mercy Hospital Guild Board, and the Sacred Heart Parish Women's Guild. After raising her family, Martha went to work for the American Lung Association where she worked closely with volunteers and local volunteer agencies, as well as the vocational rehabilitation center and retired senior employment services.

Martha was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Robert H. Lafferty in 1950; husband of 46 years, Robert Sterner in 2000; sister, Patricia Hensler; and brother, Thomas Koehler. She is survived by her daughters, Martha Monaghan (Malcolm) and Mary Hester (Dave); sons, Patrick Sterner (Nancy) and Robert Sterner (Mary); brother, Charles Koehler; sister, Mary Riggs; eleven grandchildren and three great grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to Sacred Heart Catholic Church.


Published in Des Moines Register on May 10, 2014
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