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Grace Margaret Stern

Died: Friday, July 11, 2008
Age: 97
Grace Margaret Stern, 97, of Garden, MI, passed away July 11, 2008 in L’Anse, MI.

Grace was born August 24, 1910 in the Sac Bay community on the Garden Peninsula to John and Myrtle (Chaffee) Lang. She married Harold Stern of Imlay City in July of 1930. He passed away in May of 1988.

Mrs. Stern was generous in sharing in her love of her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and contributing to her church and the Lord’s Acre Auction. A hand appliqued quilt and collection of wild jams and jellies were among the expected auction items each year until about five years ago. She also served on various boards within her congregation.

Grace was known in the Fayette, Fairport, and Garden areas as a historian, contributing to several books written of the area and a member of the local Historical Society. She could trace her maternal lineage to the 1600s in the United States. The Sterns lived in Pontiac in the early years of their marriage, moving to a farm near Fayette in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula in the early ’40s.

Survivors include daughter, Lael and son-in-law Kenneth Johnson of Pelkie; granddaughters, Alison Janson of Dallas, Texas, Kristen and husband Trent Batchelor of Denver, Colorado, and Amy Janson of Pelkie; sister-in-law, Ruth Wightman of Waterford; brother-in-law, Jack Stern of Commerce Twp.; and many nieces and nephews. Area families who mourn her passing include Gail and Donald Bissett and families, Glen and Carol Stern and families, Randy Stern and Marilyn Seidell and families. She was predeceased also by her sister, Ida; brothers, Henry and Fred and their spouses; in-laws, Alta and Clifford Martz, Elmore and Florence Stern, Wayne Wightman, and Shirley Stern.

Services were held Friday, July 18 at the Fayette Congregation Church with burial in the Sac Bay Cemetery.
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