Anna's Story

WHIPPANY, N.J., and STOCKHOLM - Anna F. (Carlson) Sterris, 93, passed away peacefully at the Maine Veterans' Home in Caribou on June 11, 2016. Anna was born October 22, 1922, in Stockholm, the daughter of the late Hjalmar and Edith Carlson.

She attended elementary school in Stockholm, and graduated from Deering High School in Portland. She then continued her education at Upsala College in East Orange, New Jersey. Anna met and married George Sterris while she proudly served in the U.S. Women's Air Corps and was employed as an Airplane Armorer. She was honorably discharged in May 1945. She worked for decades at the Scientific Glass Apparatus Company in Bloomfield, New Jersey, where she was an engraver and then became the head of the purchasing department. Anna loved nature and was a loyal member of several organizations including the Arbor Day Foundation, the National Wildlife Federation, the Nature Conservancy and both the Morris Museum in New Jersey and the Stockholm Historical Society. After retiring, she wintered in New Jersey and spent summers in Stockholm with her husband so they could be closer to family. She was a member of the Trinity Lutheran Church in Stockholm.

She is survived by a son, David Sterris and companion, Nancy Anderson; her grandchildren, David Littell and fiancee, Lisa Freeman, Mark Littell and wife, Kim, Michael Sterris and fiancee, Mikaela Greco, Lucas Sterris, Brickley and Georgia Littell, and Alexandra Littell; and great-grandchildren, Isabelle, Racquelle and Landon Sterris; many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her husband, George Sterris; brothers, Claude Carlson, Bernard Carlson and David Carlson; and a sister, Thorberg Bondeson. A special thank-you to Hospice of Aroostook and to the caring staff at the Maine Veterans' Home in Caribou, where Anna resided for the past year.

A committal service will be announced in a future edition of the Bangor Daily News by the Mockler Funeral Home, Caribou. Those who wish to contribute in memory of Anna may do so through the Stockholm Historical Society, 280 Main St., Stockholm, ME, 04783.
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