Doris Sterner
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Doris Lillian Marie Sterner, 94
Doris Lillian Marie Sterner (nee Meyer) died peacefully on August 31, 2020, at the age of 94, in the American House Senior Living Facility in Holland, Michigan.
Doris was born in West Brighton to Louis and Lillian Meyer. She graduated from Curtis High School and the Pratt Institute. Upon receiving her degree from Pratt she worked as a commercial artist for Abraham & Straus and, after taking a break to raise her children, joined the art department of the Staten Island Advance. She retired in 1989.
Doris married her high school sweetheart Robert Sterner in 1947 and moved to Eltingville in 1951, where she remained until beginning residence at American House in 2018. Doris was an active member of Eltingville Lutheran Church, serving as a Sunday School teacher, Council Member, quilter, and coordinator for the Annual Country Fair. She was also a member of the South Shore Garden Club, winning many prizes for her floral arrangements, and served as a Cub Scout den mother. She enjoyed painting, gardening, boating, fishing and travel. Her husband was always with her, until his death in 1993. In her later years, yard sailing became a favorite activity.
Doris was a loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother and cherished her time with her family. She is survived by two sons and their wives: Robert Sterner (Christine) of Holland, Michigan and Christopher Sterner (Colleen) of Palmyra, Virginia; five grandchildren (Danielle Sterner, Kirstin Ting, Lauren Stennes, Allison Rund and Benjamin Sterner); and eight great-grandchildren (Shayla Sterner, Will Rund, Lily Stennes, Quinn Sterner, Vera Ting, Helen Stennes, Peter Rund and Max Ting).
In this unprecedented time of need, and in lieu of flowers, the family asks that you consider making a donation to Meals on Wheels of Staten Island,, or your local food bank. A private funeral service was held in Holland, with interment to be in Ocean View Cemetery in Oakwood, Staten Island, at a later date.

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Published in Staten Island Advance on Sep. 11, 2020.
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September 16, 2020
Doris was a cornerstone at ELC, she was my Sunday School teacher, Bible School teacher and a leader among people of all ages. My parents (Olaf and Doris Nygren) spent many a good times with Doris and Bob and also thought so highly of them. Rest in peace Doris, I know you're in Heaven with your husband and my parents. You were always so kind, patient, and understanding.
Arlene Nygren
September 16, 2020
Although Doris left the Advance many years ago, I still remember her vividly from our time together there. She was such a lovely person; lively, intelligent and warm. May she rest in peace.
Melinda Gottlieb
September 13, 2020
Wonderful co-worker and dear friend, enjoyed her wisdom and sense of humor. Visited with her after her retirement from the SI Advance and reminisced about our memories from the newspaper. Missed her when she moved away. Great lady! RIP my dear friend...
Gloria Delio-Glickman
September 12, 2020
I am so sorry to hear about the passing of cousin in Arizona got the news from the Staten Island Advance.
Doris and I were best friends at Eltingville Lutheran Church and we raised our children together. I am sure there is a special place in heaven for her.
My sincere condolences to her family.
My name at Eltingville Lutheran was Carol Cullen, I have since re-married and am now Carol Graham in Tulsa, OK.

Carol Cullen Graham
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