Rockford Morning Star (handwritten
was at this post in our composing room Monday night, helping to
print Tuesday morning's Star. On Tuesday afternoon, he died of
a heart attack. All of us in the News Tower who had known "Kerm"
for many years knew that he would have wanted his personal history
to close with that kind of quick ending. He had fought his way
through serious illness; and he had always returned to his composing-room
chores, which he performed with a skilled hand.
Of his 49 years,
33 had been spent in newspaper composing rooms. For three decades,
he had worked with only a few interruptions in The Morning Star's
composing room. His wife is a member of our newspaper family,
serving The Star as night switchboard operator. Their older son
is a linotype operator for the Star.
Kerm was strongly
individualistic; he had a quick, original humor and an alert,
swiftly appraising eye for absurdity and sham. And he had the
gifts of a genuine craftsman. We shall miss him.
[offered by Thelma Thomas Livingston/Carole Ann
Kermit H. Stenger, 49, 4710 Forest Hills rd., long-time printer
for Rockford newspapers, who died Tuesday, will be held at 1:30
p.m. Friday in Julian-Poorman funeral home, 304 N. 5th st.
The Rev. Harold
L. Christenson, pastor of Temple Baptist church, will officiate.
Burial will be in Sunset Memorial gardens. Friends may call in
the funeral home from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday
suffered a heart attack in his home and was pronounced dead on
arrival at St. Anthony hospital t 2:55 p.m. Tuesday. A Morning
Star printer since 1928, Mr. Stenger's death come unexpectedly,
although he had undergone several operations in the last three
years for heart and kidney ailments. He had worked Monday night.
joined the Rockford Register-Gazette as a composing room apprentice
in 1925 after graduating from Rockford high school.
joined The Morning Star in 1928 and had been a printer for The
Morning Star almost continuously since that time
An avid gardener,
he cultivated his own flower garden in the family's large back
He was a lifelong
Rockford resident and attended Temple Baptist church many years.
He was born
April 4, 1909, son of Charles
E. and Eva
Stenger, pioneer Rockford area residents.
the former Mildred Mathews, has been a Morning Star switchboard
operation for 17 years. A son, Rodney, has been employed by the
Morning Star for nine years and now is a linotype operator.
Mrs. and Mrs.
Stenger were married in Hebron Aug. 27, 1829. He was a member
of Rockford local 213, International Typographical union.
addition to his widow and son are another son, Donald, New Milford;
a daughter, Mrs. Betty Johnson, Rockford, four grandchildren,
Pamela and Deborah Stenger and Danny and Terry Johnson, Rockford;
and three brothers, Herbert, Kenneth
and Randal, Rockford. [offered
by Thelma Thomas Livingston/Carole Ann Heller]