Madison – Elizabeth A. “Betty” Stern, age 93, loving mother and grandmother passed away peacefully on November 19, 2021. On Sept. 10, 1928, she was born in Reading, Pennsylvania, the daughter of John and Mary (Troop) Hofmann. Betty was married to Robert K. Stern on September 8, 1951, in Reading, PA.
She graduated from Chestnut Hill College, Philadelphia, PA., with a B.S. degree in Home Economics Education. Besides teaching High School Home Economics in Philadelphia, PA., she was a home economist for Metropolitan Edison Company, Reading PA., food editor for Rural Gravure magazine supplement, Madison, WI., and the manager of the Research Home Economics section and test kitchen of Oscar Mayer Foods Corporation for 20 years.
Betty was honored as the Wisconsin Business Home Economist of the year 1988-89. She was a former member of Madison Zonta Club, University League: Book Group, Bird Study Group, Luncheon Group and Hiking Group, and Friends of Arboretum. Betty was past President of Forest Products League and Madison Home Economics Association. She was a certified braillist with the Madison Volunteer Braillists.
She was an active member of Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic Church, where she was a Eucharistic Minister, lector, and Grief Group Facilitator.
She is survived by her son, Robert, (Sandy) Stern; her daughter, Ann Marie (Charles) Sherry; grandsons, Michael Stern, and William (Anna) Sherry; granddaughters, Katherine (Jon) Reynolds, and grandson, David’s widow Kali Stern; and a great-granddaughter, Elizabeth Rose Stern.
Betty was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, a son, Mark, a grandson, David, brothers, Henry, Martin, Raymond, Vincent, Charles, and Jerold, and sisters, Margaret, Gertrude, and Mary.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at OUR LADY QUEEN OF PEACE CATHOLIC CHURCH, 401 S. Owen Dr., Madison, on Saturday, December 4, 2021, at 11:00 a.m. with Father Rich Litzau, OP presiding. Burial will follow at Resurrection Cemetery. A visitation will be held at the church on Saturday from 10:00 a.m. until the time of the Mass. The Mass will also be live-streamed via the following link: www.youtube.com/watch?v=QFnH-E8xbJ4
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