It is with great sadness that I report the death of Saul Stermer, the second of the Stermer brothers. With his passing all three Stermer brothers and all three Stermer sisters, the children of the remarkable Esther and Zaide Stermer, are now gone. Their nieces, Sonia and Sima, are the sole surviving members of the Stermer family group that lived through the war in Priest’s Grotto.
Saul was my hero. Today, as I remember him, I hear his laughter and his joy in telling the family story. I feel the incredible love he had for his family, his beloved wife Charna, his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. I particularly see, the joy and pride on his face as he watched his granddaughter Erin and his grandnephew Cliff ascend out of “his cave,” when we returned to Ukraine.
It has been one of the great joys of my life to call Saul my friend, and for our team to tell his and the rest of the family’s story. I will carry you with me always Saul.