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JoAnn Sterns

December 24, 1946 - April 13, 2017

Service Date: April 19, 2017

Funeral Home Ekalaka, MT

Cemetery Ekalaka, MT

Funeral Mass:  10:30 a.m., Wednesday, April 19, 2017, Stevenson Funeral Home, Ekalaka, MT.

Rosary:  10:00 a.m., Wednesday, April 19, 2017, Stevenson Funeral Home, Ekalaka, MT

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Funeral Mass for JoAnn Sterns, 70, of Ekalaka will be held at 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, April 19, 2017 at the Stevenson Funeral Home in Ekalaka. A Rosary will be recited on Wednesday at 10:00 a.m., prior to the Mass. Burial will follow the Mass in Beaver Lodge Cemetery, Ekalaka, MT.

JoAnn passed away on Thursday, April 13, 2017 at the St. Vincent Hospital in Billings, MT.

JoAnn Theresa was born December 24, 1946 in Ekalaka, the daughter of Louis and Violet (Johnson) Sterns. As a young girl, she attended country school and later public schools in Ekalaka. JoAnn had a caring heart and spent many years caring for kids in the area. She was blessed with six children of her own; Jeff, Stacey, Mitch, Debbie, Linda and Tracie. In her later years she proudly cared for her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. JoAnn enjoyed being outdoors with nature and animals, rodeos, reading and playing cards. She had a deep love for her pets (dogs and cats).

JoAnn is survived by her sons, Jeff (Martha) Elmore of Ekalaka, Stacey Sterns of Baker, Mitch Overn of Baker; daughters, Debbie (Terry) Stieg of Ekalaka, Linda (Jim) Becker of Titusville, PA, Tracie (Stacey) Cherpeski of Great Falls; brother, Leo H. Sterns of Ekalaka; seven grandchildren, Zach (Dusty) Elmore, Jessica (Luke) Caster, Clayton (Katie) Stieg, Michael Stieg, Theresa Stieg, Brittany (Aaron) Pasinski, Brennan Becker; eight great-grandchildren; and a special nephew, Rit (Sandy) Sterns.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Louis and Violet Sterns.

I just wanted to give a HUGE shout out to Stevenson Funeral Home, out here in Dickinson. Last October, they did a wonderful job with the cremation and presentation of our baby boy Forrest.
With the passing of our latest boy, Leo, we didn’t get the option to cremate him, either bury him out here or leave him in the lab until we decided where to bury him. So I contacted Stevenson Funeral Home, who so generously offered to cremate him for us so he could come home and be with his brother. AND they’re only charging us a small fee of $10 for the whole process including his urn.
I was very nervous going in, with all this abortion talk, I was scared I would get laughed at for wanting to cremate a “fetus”. But to us, he is our son, no matter how big or small.
My heart is full knowing Leo can come home finally… I left in a puddle of grateful tears.❤

If you ever end up in such a tragedy as the death of a loved one, I highly recommend Stevenson Funeral Home.. They’re some of the nicest, most generous people I’ve met out here.

Virginia Cook
Phone: 866-483-7900
Fax: 701-483-7901
2067 1st Street West
Dickinson, ND 58601