Crookston Times - Crookston, MN
  • OBITUARY: Thomas Ray Sterger

  • A private memorial was held Friday August 16th with the family.
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  • Thomas R Sterger, 60, unexpectedly passed on after succumbing to complications following major surgery in Colorado.
    Tom was born March 24th, 1953, to Andrew and Ida Sterger in Crookston, Minnesota.
    He married Sandra K. Ross/Normandin July 16th, 1983 and became "Dad" to Ronald, Kandee and Sally at the same time. The soul mates just celebrated their 30th anniversary this year in Kauai.
    He always believed in living his life and teaching his children about the benefits of commitment, love and hard work. A humble, kind, and generous man, he will always be remembered by his family and friends for his smile, his humor and extraordinary thoughtfulness. He was a man of various talents and skills which saw him working as a farmer, a restaurateur, a co-owner of a feed mill, an auto salesman, but among all of these and more his favorite was when he owned a Wax Worm farm in Wisconsin.
    He leaves behind his wife, Sandy, of Pueblo, Colorado; son, Ronald Normandin, of Portland, Oregon; daughter & son-in-law, Kandee & Jason Khodl, of Colorado Springs, Colorado, who are expecting the family's first grandchild this month; and daughter, Sally Normandin, of Denver, Colorado.
    He is also survived by two sisters, Donna (Lawrence) Schmidt and Doris Sterger of Minnesota and two brothers, Allen (Linda) Sterger of California and James Sterger of Minnesota, as well as extended family and many friends throughout the states.
    He is preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Roger.
    The family celebrated Tom's life with a private family-only memorial on Friday, August 16th. Tom strongly believed in the gift of donation to those in need, and even after death was able to donate to 30+ people through Donor Alliance. In lieu of flowers and cards, the family would appreciate donations made in Tom's name to local charities of your choosing and location. Donation information can be sent to the family via email at wwrokasa@gmail.com.
    The family has set up an on-line Obituary page, containing pictures and accepting condolences, which can be visited at www.cappadonafh.com.
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