Aimee Sterler has gone Home to God on November 12, 2012. Her passing was peaceful. She was surrounded by her loving Family. Aimee was born on Saint Patrick's Day, the 17th of March in the year of 1925. She always said the World celebrated her Birthday. There was always a parade down Fifth Avenue in New York City! What a glorious day to be born, indeed. She was born to her Mother, Iola Mae Lane Anderson and to her just recently deceased Father, Per Emil Anderson in Elk River, Idaho. The two of them had met in a lumber camp in Idaho where Per Emil was employed as a logger and she as a serving girl in the dining room. They lost their hearts to each other. She was named Emil Mae, in honor of her Father. He had been killed in a mining accident in a new business he was conducting building roads in Idaho, just seven months previous to Aimee's birth which completely devastated her Mother, just a girl of merely 18 years at the time. Aimee's Mother went on to Great Falls, Montana where she met later John Wahlberg, fell in love again and married him. They had three children together, Jon Neil Wahlberg (now deceased), Elaine Madlyn Wahlberg Bartholomaus, and David Karl Lane Wahlberg, Aimee's two brothers and sister. John Wahlberg was a very proud naturalized citizen of the United States, formerly from Latvia. He only wanted English spoken in his home, the native tongue of his adopted land. The Family grew up speaking no Latvian language, ever. Aimee grew up in Great Falls, Montana, attended Lincoln elementary school, S.D. Largent sixth grade school, Junior High School for seventh and eighth grades and then four years at the Senior High School, graduating on the 4th of June, 1943. Aimee made many friends, but retained four of those friends for the balance of her life, Lularose Webb Habel (deceased), Alice Pilgeram Maurer (deceased), Gladys Urschel Jordan (deceased) and Helen Ludtke Lower, still residing in Great Falls, Montana. Along the way, Emil Mae became Aimee which she maintained as her name forever after. She met and married Bernard Sterler who was stationed in Great Falls, Montana as a member of the United States Air Corps. It was Love at First Sight for both of them. They were married for nearly forty-seven years when Bernie passed away on the 9th of December 1991. They had five beautiful children together in Brooklyn, New York who survive her: Lynne Leslie Sterler Cawley, Elaine Frances Sterler Mashy, Robert William Sterler, Gail Anne Sterler Boyd, and Sharon May Sterler Mathews. Aimee also has six beautiful Grandchildren, Ray Andre Mathews, twins Clinton James Mathews (deceased) and Robert Bernard Mathews, Ian Matthews Cawley, Sierra Sarah Sterler and Olivia Raquel Sterler. Aimee is survived by her beloved sons-in-love Dennis Boyd, John Earle Cawley, Lynx Mashy, Lew Andre Mathews and her beloved daughter-in-love, Susan Jane Hrastar Sterler. She is survived by her beloved sister, Elaine Madlyn Wahlberg Bartholomaus and her daughter Dawn Carol and by her sister-in-love Donna Wahlberg and Donna and Neil's children, Barbara, Darcy, William and Stephen and by her loving brother David. Aimee always loved her life, being a loving daughter, a loving wife, a loving mother, a loving grandmother and a loving friend to many.
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Published Online in the Press Democrat from Nov. 22 to Nov. 23, 2012