J.B. “Bernie” Stoeber, 87, of Southern Pines, passed away Thursday, April 2nd, at The Greens of Pinehurst.
Bernie was born in Greenville, PA. on May 20, 1932, to the late John B. Stoeber, Sr. and Louise Keck Stoeber. He graduated from Thiel College in Greenville in 1954 with a BS in Economics. He was drafted into the US Army in 1954 during the Korean War and was honorably discharged in 1956. He then joined Westinghouse Electric Corp. on their Graduate Student Program in Industrial Relations where he had assignments at various locations. It was in Lima, Ohio, at the Aerospace Electrical Div. where he met and married the former Sharon Hennessy in 1970. Together they enjoyed residing in New Haven, CT, Minneapolis, MN, Pittsburgh, PA and Hackettstown, NJ. After serving Westinghouse for 26 years in Human Resources Mgmt., he then worked for several years with Knechel Ford in NJ. In the fall of 1991 Bernie and Sharon retired to Southern Pines.
During his life, Bernie was very athletic. He loved tennis, swimming, snow skiing, water skiing and golf. He was his own mechanic, loved to travel (especially cruises) and was an avid reader of economic developments and current events. He was a very detailed and organized person. He loved a challenge and faced several in his lifetime.
After his debilitating stroke in 2006 followed by dementia a few years ago, his life became a simpler one but he still enjoyed nature and being outdoors. He loved having shrimp cocktail on special occasions and a glass of champagne on New Year’s Eve. His favorite toast was: “May you have more happiness than you deserve and more love than you desire”.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by brother Fred and sister Joan. He is survived by his wife Sharon of 49 years; sons, Mark of Lakewood, CO and Shaun of Hoffman, NC; daughter Laura Wise, (Patrick), Coraopolis, PA; sister Nancy Murphy (Ed), of NY & PA and six grandchildren.
Online condolences may be made at www.bolesfuneralhome.com
Services are entrusted to Boles Funeral Home of Southern Pines.