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Phyllis M. Stern, 82

Phyllis M. Stern, age 82, of Maple Plain, passed away Wednesday June 5, 2019, at the Haven Home in Maple Plain.

She was born May 26, 1937, in Acoma Township, the daughter of Bernard and Ida (Schroeder) Schmeling.

Phyllis was united in marriage to Henry Stern Dec. 20, 1958, at Peace Lutheran Church in Hutchinson.

Phyllis loved being around her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. They brought a lot of joy to her life.

She was an active member of St. Peter Lutheran Church in Watertown, being a member of the Lutheran Women’s Missionary League, choir, and serving as a Sunday school teacher.

Phyllis enjoyed playing cards, board games, and crocheting. She was an exceptional cook, and would bake many delicious deserts.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Henry; infant grandson, Andrew Bury; parents Bernard and Ida Schmeling; sisters Hazel (Jack) Dahlke, and Janet Litzau; and sister-in-law Dorothy Schmeling.

Phyllis is survived by her loving family: children Kim Helmbrecht of Cokato, Ruth (Larry) Bury of Watertown, and Mike (Pam) Stern of Chaska; grandchildren Jamie Helmbrecht, Scott (Angie) Helmbrecht, Adam (Katie) Helmbrecht, Loren Helmbrecht and special friend Lindsay Kosek, Kyle Helmbrecht and special friend Kristen, Elissa (Darrin) Stoeckman, Tess (Duane) Smith, Amber Bury and special friend Lee Rockstead, and Steven Stern; and great-grandchildren Henry and Josh Helmbrecht, Damion Vail, Abigail Helmbrecht, MacKenzie, Kennedy and Lane Helmbrecht, Brayden Bury, Evan Smith, and Rebekah Stoeckman.

She is further survived by her brothers, Fritz Schmeling of Hutchinson, and Louis (Arlene) Schmeling of Hutchinson; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law Vernon Litzau of Hutchinson, Paulina Gutzke of Norwood Young America, Lucille Henning of New Germany, Don (Rosie) Stern of Mayer, Fred Stern of Brooklyn Park, and Carol Stern of Delano; nieces, nephews, and other relatives and friends.

Phyllis’ funeral service took place Monday, June 10 at 11 a.m. at St. Peter Lutheran Church in Watertown, with the Rev. Bill Kirmsse officiating. Interment was at St. Peter Lutheran Cemetery.

There was visitation Sunday, June 9 from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Johnson Funeral Home in Waconia; continuing Monday at the church, one hour prior to t he service. 1 hour prior to the service at church.

Phyllis’ grandchildren were her casket bearers: Jamie Helmbrecht, Scott Helmbrecht, Adam Helmbrecht, Loren Helmbrecht, Kyle Helmbrecht, Elissa Stoeckman, Tess Smith, Amber Bury, and Steven Stern.

Arrangements were with the Johnson Funeral Home in Waconia; www.johnsonfh.com.

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