Abraham Stern
1929 - 2021
Elmore-Hill-McCreight Funeral Home
221 Broad Street
Sumter, SC
Abraham Stern
April 16, 1929 - November 19, 2021
Sumter, South Carolina - Abraham "Abe" Stern, 92, widower of Rhea Edelsburg Stern, died Friday, November 19, 2021, at Covenant Place.
Born in Lodz, Poland, he was a son of the late Chil Nusen Stern and Dobrysz Lubochinski Stern.
Mr. Stern was a member of Temple Sinai. He was a U. S. Air Force veteran of the Korean War and was the owner and operator of Jack's Shoe Store for over 60 years. Mr. Stern was the only Holocaust survivor in Sumter. He made a home of Sumter in 1950 and remained devoted to the community for the rest of his life.
Surviving are his son, Nat Stern (Karen) of Tallahassee, FL; two daughters, Donna Magaro (Ernie) of Columbia and Sharon Stern of Seminole, FL; four grandchildren, Mark Magaro (Kelsey), Sarah Stern (Brian), Abigail McLeod (Devin), and Mark Joseph Stern (Tyler); one great-grandchild, Roman Magaro.
He was predeceased by a brother, Lajzer Stern; four sisters, including his twin sister Chana Stern, Sala Boden (George), Ruthie Linzer (Eddie) and Rachel Davidson (Mac); along with his in-laws, Max and Toby Edelsburg.
The family wishes to thank Wendy Felder and her team at Carolina Caregivers for their compassionate and dedicated care.
Graveside services will be held at 11 A.M. Sunday in the Sumter Jewish Cemetery at 701 W. Oakland Ave. (corner of West Oakland Avenue and Artillery Drive) with Rabbi Sanford Marcus officiating.
Memorials may be made to the Sumter Jewish Museum, in care of Temple Sinai, P. O. Box 1763, Sumter, SC 29151 or to the Sumter Rotary Club CART Fund, P. O. Box 1916, Sumter, SC 29151.
On-line condolences may be made at www.sumterfunerals.com
Elmore Hill McCreight Funeral Home & Crematory, 221 Broad Street, Sumter, is in charge of the arrangements (803) 775-9386.

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Sumter Jewish Cemetery
701 W. Oakland Ave. (corner of West Oakland Avenue and Artillery Drive), SC
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Mr. Abe Stern gave me my first job. I was 16. It was 1972. My father said it was time for me to understand the value of work and the value of money. We stopped by Jack's Shoes one day on the way home and Daddy, Ernest A. Finney, Jr. a young attorney in Sumter introduced me to Mr. Stern. He was a kind man. A man who could talk about so many things in the world and who worked very hard. He treated me with kindness and fairness. He was quietly funny and he told some great stories. "Leave all laziness at the front door..." he would say. His work ethic was very closely aligned with my mother and fathers. My job was always more than selling shoes. He said that selling shoes was about listening closely to people and that I must never forget that. I never forgot that. One day he told me that I would go far in life because I was a good listener. His words were like an early blessing. I also fell in love with shoes! Thank you Mr. Stern for that first job in my life. I wish we had talked more about all those things that we never talked about. Rest In Peace now.
Lynn Nikky Finney
November 26, 2021
Cousins-Ernie & Donna & Family Our Deepest Condolences. May the sweet memories of your Father live on in your heart. Know that we are thinking of all of you. Love & Prayers. Steve, Laura, Ryan & Connor
Steve & Laura Shilling & Family
November 22, 2021
Deepest condolences to the Stern family. I had the privilege of working for Mr. Stern at Jack´s Shoes (1979-1981).
Denise Magee Carraway
November 21, 2021
My heartfelt sympathy and condolences to you Donna and your family. I will miss Abe very much.
Martin Flax
November 20, 2021
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