August 16, 2022
Cletus A. Sterner died on Tuesday August 16, 2022 at the Lakeside Health Care Center in Dassel at the age of 85. A Christian burial mass will be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, August 23, 2022 at St. Philip’s Church in Litchfield. A visitation will take place an hour before Mass at the church on Tuesday with a rosary beginning at 10am. Interment will be in Calvary Cemetery in Litchfield.
Cletus Alfred Sterner, was born October 26, 1936 in Winsted Township, one of 14 children born to Edward and Anna (Fiecke) Sterner. He attended District No. 13 Country School and Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Winsted. Cletus helped out on the family farm, then moved to Minneapolis where he worked for Minnesota Rubber for 40 years before retiring. Cletus and his brother Clement farmed in Isle for several years. They then moved to Litchfield around 25 years ago. Cletus also worked for a few years, still at Minnesota Rubber.
Cletus was a good bowler and enjoyed playing pool, playing cards with his friends at Ecumen and playing bingo (winning) at Lakeside. He also liked to walk. He was known to walk around Lake Ripley, sometimes twice a day. He enjoyed watching Vikings and The Twins and was a member of the Knights of Columbus. Cletus has volunteered with the Men’s Club and at Bethany and Emmanuel Nursing Homes. Cletus was a faithful man, who prayed the Rosary daily and attended Mass regularly. He will be greatly missed by those who knew and loved him.
He is survived by his brothers, Florian, Edward and Eugene; sisters, Rita Laxen and Annette Grzeskowiak; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
His parents predeceased him; sisters, Regina, Agatha, Lucille, Marian, Mary and Margaret; brothers, Andrew and his twin brother Clement.
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