Marian J. Sterner, 57, of Bellaire, died Friday, Dec. 24, 2010, at home surrounded by her loving family. She was born March 27, 1953, in Bellaire, the daughter of Lionel and Donna (Robinson) Moran.

Marian graduated from Bellaire High School in 1971 and from Central Michigan University in 1975 with a degree in Social Work.

She worked for the Department of Human Services as an eligibility specialist in Suttons Bay, Grand Rapids, Lansing and Bellaire. She recently retired in November 2010.

Marian enjoyed quilting, sewing and knitting. She also enjoyed outdoor activities.

On Sept. 17, 1983, in Traverse City, she married John R. Sterner Jr., who survives. Also surviving are her children, Lisa Ann Sterner, Rebecca Sue Sterner, Kimberly Faye Sterner and Michelle Lynne Sterner, all of Bellaire; her parents; her siblings, Ralph (Marlene) Moran, of Bellaire, Peggy (Robert) Riedhart, of Huntington, Ind., Junie (Gary) Hoag, of Lindale, Texas, and Patricia (William) Drollinger, of Bellaire; and many nephews and nieces.

Funeral services will be held Monday, Dec. 27, at 11 a.m., at the Central Lake Bible Baptist Church, with Pastor Russell Tharp officiating. The family will receive friends today, Dec. 26, from 4 to 8 p.m., at the Bellaire Chapel of Mortensen Funeral Homes. Interment will be this spring in Lakeview Cemetery, Bellaire.

Memorial donations may be directed to National Foundation For Cancer Research, 4600 East West Suite 525, Bethesda, MD 20814, or online at

Please sign her online guestbook

Arrangements have been handled by the Bellaire Chapel of Mortensen Funeral Homes.

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