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Clyde B. "Barney" Sterner, 73, of Crescent Drive, a wounded veteran of World War II, died Tuesday (Sept. 14, 1999) in Buffalo General Hospital of complications during heart surgery.

A native of Watsontown, Pa., Sterner drove a truck for several years in the Williamsport, Pa., area. He served in the U.S. Army from 1943 to 1948, stationed in Italy and France, where he met and married his wife, Irene. She died in 1984.

He received the Purple Heart.

After moving to Niagara Falls in 1956, he worked for three years as a millwright for the Olin Matheson Co. and then in the maintenance department at the Carborundum Co. He retired in 1983 as a supervisor at Carborundum.

Sterner later worked as a maintenance supervisor at Niagara University and for Rides Unlimited of Niagara.

He was a longtime member of St. Teresa of the Infant Jesus Catholic Church, and he belonged to its former Holy Name Society. Sterner volunteered for 15 years as a Boy Scout leader, and he served for six years as president of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and for six years as president of the LaSalle Sportsmen's Club. He also held various other positions at the Sportsman's Club during the last 35 years.

One of his sons, Raymond Sterner, died of cystic fibrosis in 1972, when he was 18 years old.

Survivors include a son, William G. Sterner of Niagara Falls; two sisters, Eunice Leteer and Frances Barrett, both of Williamsport, Pa.; a brother, Robert of Buffalo; three grandchildren; and a great-grandson. He was a longtime friend and companion of Betty Caughenour.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Saturday in St. Teresa of the Infant Jesus Catholic Church, College and Macklem avenues, following prayers at 9:30 in the Otto Redanz LaSalle Park Chapel, 2215 Military Road, Town of Niagara. Burial will be in Gate of Heaven Cemetery, Lewiston.


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