Hermann A. Sterz Obituary

The following is the obituary from the Watertown Daily News, 29 November 1926, published upon the death of the Rev. Hermann A. Sterz.

Funeral Service Here Wednesday For Rev. Sterz

The funeral of the Rev. Herman Sterz, 312 Fourth street, who died at St. Mary's hospital Saturday afternoon at 12:15 o'clock following an illness of two months duration, will take place Wednesday afternoon with services at St. Luke's Evangelical Lutheran at 2 o'clock. Private funeral services will be held for the family members at 9:45 a.m. Wednesday at the home and the body will then be taken to St. Luke's church to lie in state from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m.

The Rev. F. E. Stern, pastor of Trinity English Lutheran church, will conduct the private services at the home, while the Rev. G. Thurow of Waterloo, president of the west district of the joint synod of Wisconsin, and the Rev. G. Stern of Columbus, who has been serving St. Luke's church here during the illness of Rev. Sterz, will conduct the church services. Interment is to be in Oak Hill cemetery and the Rev. Julius Klingmann, pastor of St. Marks' church, will be in charge of the services at the grave.

Rev. Sterz was the oldest pastor, both in age and in point of service, in this city, and he was one of the oldest active clergymen in this part of the state.

Born in Sieglitz, East Prussia on April 15, 1856, Rev. Sterz studied in Berlin and in 1882 he came to America and completed his studies at the Lutheran theological seminary at Chicago and in 1885 he was ordained to the ministry in Golden, Ill. and at the same time was inducted into the pastorate of Trinity Evangelical Lutheran church of that place.

Rev. Sterz married in 1887 and shortly after moved to Syracuse, N.Y. where he took over the office of superintendent of the Lutheran orphanage at Syracuse. His wife died in 1888 and shortly after he returned to Germany for an extended visit with his parents and upon his return to this country he came to Wisconsin and was solocitor [sic] for the Lutheran orphange in Green Bay.

In January, 1890 Rev. Sterz accepted a call from St. Luke's congregation of this city and shortly after took up his duties and served the parish until his death.

In 1892 Rev. Sterz was married to Miss Ida Noack of this city and she with two daughters and two sons survive. The children are Mrs. B. Wallschlaeger and Miss Edna Sterz of Milwaukee, the Rev. Ewald Sterz of Racine and Dr. Percy Sterz of Milwaukee. Three grandchildren also survive as does a sister in Germany.

Long Record of Service

The death of Rev. Sterz ends a long record of faithful service in the Lutheran ministry, a record such as is accomplished by few men. He served in the ministry for forty-one years and for thirty-seven years was the pastor of St. Luke's church here.

To his parishoners as well as to countless other people who knew him, Rev. Sterz was a devoted friend. Always active in his parish duties and never losing sight of the purpose and teaching of the Master, he labored day after day among the people of his flock and the kindly and charitable encouragement that he was always ready to give will ever remain with those who knew him.

Rev. Sterz was particularly the friend of children and no pastor ever was closer in his association and friendship with the young people and children of his parish. His service to his parish and to those under his charge will be readily recognized as the most faithful and efficient a man can give. He possessed a character which endeared him to all people and more than one citizen will remember him a preceptor with a father's benevolence. He was a man of simple habits, devoted to home life and saw in the home the foundation of all society. He was a familiar figure on the streets of Watertown and was a dignified gentleman who always responded to a sign of recogntion from those whom he met.

In his daily life and in his relation with others he displayed the qualities which command admiration and esteem and Watertown, which was his home for many years, mourns deeply his loss.

John Bartelt 2006-01-30