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Ralph L. Sterling, 61, of Montrose, Pa., died Monday, September 17, 2007, at Lourdes Hospital, Binghamton, N.Y.

Born July 21, 1946 in South Montrose, Pa., he was the son of the late Ralph E. Sterling and Cora I. (Tripp) Sterling MacGeorge. He was employed by Chet Groover Sand & Gravel Pit as a Welder.

Survivors include his loving companion of 23 years, Susan Compitello, Montrose, Pa.; daughters and son-in-law, Donna Marie Sterling and fiance, Tom Matias, Great Bend, Pa., Jennifer and Tony Cina, Montrose, Pa., Jeanine Katherine Sterling and companion, Todd Morrison, Gibson, Pa.; son, Robert James Sterling, Great Bend, Pa., nine grandchildren; great granddaughter, Jordan; brothers and sisters-in-law, Richard C. Sterling, Meshoppen, Pa., Terry Lee and Margene Sterling, Archbald, Pa., Gary G. and Terry Sterling, South Montrose, Pa.; step father, Arden MacGeorge, Montrose, Pa.

Besides his parents; he was predeceased by a brother, William L. Sterling in 2006.

Services will be Friday, September 21, 2007, at 11:00 a.m. at the South New Milford Baptist Church, Route 848, New Milford, Pa. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at church. Arrangements have been entrusted to the Bartron-Myer Funeral Home, Inc., A Selected Independent Funeral Home, Montrose, Pa.

Please go to The family suggests memorial contributions be made to the Ralph Sterling Expense Account, c/o People's National Bank, 50 Main Street, Hallstead, 18822.

(From Binghamton Press Obituaries - 9/19/2007)

Ray E. Sterling 
Born in Miami County, Indiana on Dec. 6, 1921
Died May 23, 2004 and resided in Canyon Lake, TX. 
Visitation: Wednesday May 26, 2004 
Service: Wednesday May 26, 2004 
Funeral Home: Porter Loring Mortuary North 
Cemetery: Fort Sam Houstion National Cemetery 
Funeral Home and Cemetery both in San Antonio, Bexar County, TX.

Ray E. Sterling, Lt. Col, USAF Retired, born December 6, 1921, passed into eternity on May 23, 2004 at the age of 82.

He was born December 6, 1921, to Marvin and Mary Sterling in Miami County, Indiana.

He began his exemplary thirty-one year military career by serving in the South Pacific during WWII. After completing navigation training at Selman Field, LA, in 1945, and pilot training in 1948 he served as a navigator with SAC for thirteen years. During the four years that he was assigned to Personnel at the Pentagon, he also navigated with the SAMS group and had the honor of serving as an aide to President John F. Kennedy during his inauguration.

Colonel Sterling had two accompanied overseas assignments: He was in Erlangen, Germany, 1945-1947, and was Chief of Personnel at Wiesbaden Air Base 1964-67. Since his retirement from the Air Force, he has been actively involved in civic and community affairs and is a life member of the San Antonio Retired Officerís Association and VFW 8800.

He will be lovingly remembered by his surviving family: wife of sixty-three years, Rosalyn Beeson Sterling; two daughters, Rayla-Jeanne Klepetko and husband Ronald and Rebecca Gourley Cunningham and husband Larry; three granddaughters, Elizabeth Kathleen Gourley Spencer, Teresa Gourley Martindale, and Ronda Klepetko Silliman; three grandsons Randall, Richard and Ryan Klepetko; and nine great-grandchildren; sister, Mary Jane Haller of Ft. Wayne, IN; and brothers, Robert Sterling of Indianapolis, In and J. Paul Sterling of San Bernardino, CA also survive him.

Submitted by Joe Ocho

Note from Editor: Ray E. Sterling appears to be a direct descendant of William Sterling of Haverhill, Mass according to data on Rootweb.Com

Mary Sterling (1917-2004) age 86 of Hudson died Monday Jan 12, 2004 at the Regional Med Ctr, Bayonet Point(Hudson).  Born in New York city she came here 26 years ago from Long Island New York she was a homemake and a member of St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church  Survivors are her daughter Joan Sterling of Port Richey.  Contributed by the Prevatt Funeral Home, Hudson.

John Eliot Sterling,81,of Clarks Summit,died Monday at Mercy Hospital after an illness.  He was born Jan.9,1922 in Greenwich,Conn.son of the late Theodore  Weld and Marion Bridge Sterling.

Surviving are three sisters,Helen Montgomery,and Sarah Swanson both of Buckingham,and Janet Murphree, Beaufort, N.C.  He was also  preceded in death by a brother,Theodore Weld Sterling Jr.

The funeral was private at the convenience of the family.Internment,  Greenwood Cemetery,Brooklyn.(PA.)  Arrangements,Jennings-Calvey Funeral Home Inc.,111 Colburn Ave.  Clarks Summit.

Age 93, of Gary, and formerly of Buffalo, New York, passed away Thursday, April 3, 2003 at Methodist Hospital Northlake. He is preceded in death by his parents, Matthew and Julia Sterling; sisters, Carrie Young and Julia Childs; brothers, Merton and Leroy Sterling.

He is survived by devoted nephew Edward Young of Gary; 2 nieces, Joyce Joyner of Indianapolis, IN and Carolyn (Theodore) Jackson of Powder Springs, GA; devoted friend, Pearl Gordon; and a host of other relatives and friends.

Visitation Tuesday, April 8, 2003 from 9:00 A.M. to 2:00 P.M. Family Hour 1:00 P.M. to 2:00 P.M. Funeral services at 2:00 P.M. All services at the Guy & Allen Chapel, 2959 W. 11th Ave., Gary. Professional services rendered by Guy & Allen Funeral Directors.

Rev James Stirling (1935-2003)
by The Rev Gary J. McIntyre.

JAMES Stirling died on the morning of Sunday, February 2, 2003.  His passing, after a period of illness, brought to a close the life of a man who was dedicated to the service of Jesus Christ and His Church.

Jim was born at Kirkintilloch on January 6 in 1935. He was educated at Lenzie Academy and at the University of Glasgow, from which he graduated in 1958 with an Honours degree in pure science.

Called to the ministry, Jim then studied divinity at Trinity College, graduating as a Bachelor of divinity in 1961, the year in which he was licensed by the Presbytery of Glasgow.  It was on October 23, 1962, that Jim was ordained by the Presbytery of Stirling and Dunblane and inducted to the then pastoral charge of Alloa St. Andrews.

There he made his mark as a gifted and conscientious young minister.

On June 4, 1969, Jim was translated to the large pastoral charge of St Ninians Old in Stirling. He worked tirelessly for the cause and from there he retired on February 28, 1998, his early retirement being brought about by the onset of Alzheimerís.

To this day, Jim is remembered by his former congregations with love and affection. He had a deep and enduring faith which he made it his lifeís work to share.

Jim was an able preacher who approached the worship of God with great dignity and solemnity. He also had a deep and genuine pastoral concern that often went beyond the rigorous demands for his vocation. Indeed, numerous people will testify to the outstanding support they received from Jim, not least in times of sickness or sorrow.

Truly, he was one who shared in both the highs and lows of this earthly life and in Jim, his people knew they had a true friend and support, his wise council always being listened to and valued.

A familiar figure in the parish and unlike a number of ministers today always smartly turned out in his clerical collar, Jim was also unstinting in his service in the courts of the church. He was active on various Assembly Committees and in the Presbytery of Stirling where he served for a time as Assistant Presbytery Clerk and as Convener of the Maintenance of the Ministry Committee and of the Business Committee.

He also served as Moderator of the Presbytery from 1975-1976.

One of Jim Stirlingís great gifts was his sharp and incisive mind. He had an amazing ability to think on his feet and I am told that often he helped the presbytery to clarify its position on a number of difficult issues. His voice was indeed a welcome voice, for those who heard Jim speak realised that he did not do so in order to attract attention to himself, but always because he was concerned for the good name of the church and the spiritual well-being of its members.

In his life, Jim touched the lives of a great many people. He had a delightful pawky sense of humour; he had a real concern for people and an abiding interest in the church and its history.

He was a man who said what he believed and believed what he said. People would not always agree with him, but I believe they respected him as an individual of unquestionable integrity and one who brought to bear on all his work, a deep sense of dedication and devotion; truly the hallmarks of a good and gracious man of God.

As well as being well known in church and community, Jim being a member and past chairman of the Board of Trustees of William Simpson Home in Plean was truly a family man.

He was a devoted husband to Jessie whom he married in 1961. He was a loving father to Gregor, Rhona and Fraser. He was also a loving grandfather and a dear brother to Jane.

In them Jim experienced real happiness and from them he derived the strength that he needed in order to give so freely of his time to others.

Members of Jimís former congregations in Alloa and St Ninians and his many friends, join with the family in gratitude for the life of a good and upright man, a man with a strong living faith that has surely won him the well-merited approbation: Well done, good and faithful servant, enter into the joy of your Lord.

Clan Stirling Online received word this afternoon that Jon Sterling's wife of four months Denise Carol Gregg-Sterling tragically passed away on Wednesday the 22nd.  Jon is the 4th Great Grandson of James Sterling of Cornwall Connecticut and Hannah May.

Denise was born on 15 Sep 1954 in Yipsilanti Michigan.  The couple married on the 22nd of September 2002 in Sterling, Michigan, which pleased them both greatly.

The news has hit all of us here at Clan Stirling Online hard.  Jon was the first distant Stirling cousin I had the chance to meet in person. In 1998 Jon and I spent a memorable weekend together traveling from his home in Connecticut to Eastern Pennsylvania visiting cemeteries, libraries, and other Stirling cousins.  His big smile and warm heart burned even brighter after we received news of his pending marriage to Denise.  Our hearts and prayers go out to Jon and all of his and Denise's family.

The family held a private service on Thursday.  Internment is to take place at Nepaug Cemetery, which is right next to Jon and Denise's house in Connecticut.

You may contact the family by email at

Monday, November 11, 2002

HENNIKER - Judge Robert W. Sterling, 88, died Saturday at the Hospice House in Concord. The son of Weldon and Aura Mae (Crooker) Sterling, he was born in Hillsboro and moved to Henniker in 1932. He owned and operated the Sterling Exxon Garage in Henniker from 1946 to 1982. He was also an associate judge from 1951 to 1963 and a presiding justice in Henniker District Court from 1963 to 1984, and was one of the last lay judges in the state.

He also served as treasurer of the Henniker Cemetery Association from 1951 to 2000. He was a member of the Henniker Congregational Church; a 55-year member of the Aurora Masonic Lodge No. 42 F&AM in Henniker, now the Harmony Masonic Lodge No. 38 in Hillsboro; a district deputy, grand master, grand lecturer and past high priest of the Scottish Rite and the Royal Arch; a past commander of Philbrick Clement American Legion Post No. 65 in Henniker and Weare for 50 years; and a past patron of the Portia-Henacon Asteria Chapter No. 14, Order of the Eastern Star in Henniker and Hillsboro.

Survivors include two sons, Robert Sterling of Goffstown and William Sterling of Plymouth; three daughters, Linda Killian of Middlesex, N.J., Susan Emery of Henniker and Kathleen Hadley of Henniker; 11 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and several nieces, nephews and cousins. His wife, Ercel (Hall) Sterling, died in 1998, and a daughter, Bonita Sterling, died in 2000. Calling hours will be held tomorrow from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at the Holt-Woodbury Funeral Home & Cremation Service, 3 Hall Ave., Henniker.

Services will be held Wednesday at 11 a.m. in the Henniker Congregational Church. The Rev. Dr. Russell Rowland, pastor, will officiate. Burial will follow at Henniker New Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to the C.R.V.N.A. Hospice House, P.O. Box 1979, Concord 03302.

This is for Robert's family in Scotland and the rest of the Stirling/Sterling Clan members. 
It is sad to lose a family member even if it is someone you have never met.  When you are a member of a family that is greater than yourself and one that reaches out to each other to comfort the family who lost a loved one it transcends beyond anything you could ever feel anywhere else.  When my father died and his death notice was posted on this site I received a massive amount of sympathy emails.  It was my father's love of his Scottish heritage and love of family that he was, in a sense, the Sterling patriarch of the Oklahoma Sterlings after his father passed away.  Family is everything and even though you may never meet them all there will always be a bond of blood and a shared love of family that never dies.  My heart goes out to the family and friends of this great man who I am sure will be well missed. 

Kathleen Sterling

While I did not have the pleasure of personally meeting your husband, I did enjoy the few e-mails between us, regarding Stirling.  He was a blessing to the Stirling/Sterling clan, and such a devoted man to preservation of our ancestry.  All I have of his, is the book on Stirling, and I will always cherish it.
What a wonderful man.  May you recall all the beautiful memories you had with your husband and friend. 
Lady Mary Hendrickson

Dear Barbara,  
So sorry to hear about Bob, he was a lovely man and will dearly missed by all.   I have tried the email address he gave me when he gave up the shop but I never had any luck.   Our thoughts are with you at this time.
Ian Stirling in Linlithgow.

To the family of Robert McCutcheon:

Please accept my condolence for you and  my confidence, that, Robert has
arrived home.

Scincerely and Respectfully,
Kurt Hyneman

Dear Barbara,
While checking through my wife Margaret's Scottish Origins e-mails I came across Tony Murray's news of Bob's death. It was a real shock to me, and both Margaret and I send our deepest sympathy to you.

I have often thought of the morning I spent with you and Bob. It was one of the highlights of my stay in Stirling last year, and I greatly appreciate what you both did for me. In our brief meeting it struck me that Bob was very committed to the huge job of recording Stirling's history, and especially to the story of ordinary people. It was also very evident that you both worked as a team, and I'm sure that you will have many fond memories of people, and of places round the district.

We are very grateful for all the material about Robert Miller of The Boards, which Bob so carefully collected for us, and for your part in photocopying it.

Our thoughts are with you Barbara.

Much love
Bert and Margaret Miller.

Dear Barbara,

Although you don't know me, I wanted to send a message of sympathy at Bob's passing.

Bob was very helpful to me in answering some of my queries on the Stirlingshire list. I have also benefitted from Bob's knowledge more indirectly, as I have a copy of the set of photos of the mill from Bert Miller's latest visit when you and Bob showed him around.
Bert is a distant cousin of mine, my father was a Miller and my greatgreatgrandfather was born at "the Myres". I have on loan from Margaret and Bert Miller, a copy of one of Bob's books of images of early Stirling, with commentary, and am enjoying it very much. I'm sure many of us will miss Bob's contribution to our research, but you of course will miss him far more, for more personal reasons.

My thoughts are with you

Catherine Fitchett
New Zealand

Robert McCutcheon - Bard
An honest man here lies to rest

As e'er God with his image blest;

The friend of man, the friend of truth,

The friend of age, and guide of youth:

Few hearts like his, with virtue warm'd,

Few heads with knowledge so informed:

If there's another world, he lives in bliss;

If there is none, he made the best of this.

Stirling Bard Bob McCutcheon Passes Away

The Family of Stirling, and the rest of Scotland has suffered a great loss.

The voice of Stirling, Stirling historian and personal friend Bob McCutcheon, passed away late Saturday in his sleep.

This website, and much of the material here was provided by or improved by Bob. In every way one can imagine his love of history, Scotland, Family, and this endevoour were impacted in many ways. His contributions to our historical records of Stirling and the surrounding area are impossible to measure. His passing is a huge loss, to both Kith and Kin.

A number of us are making arrangements to travel to Scotland as soon as possible to pay our respects.

The Funeral will be held on Thursday at 2:00pm at the Bannockburn Community Centre, thereafter internment at Bannockburn cemetery at approx 3:00pm.

Please feel free to email messages and memorials to Rick Stirling, we'll include them here, and pass them on to his family.  You can email Rick - here.

Please join with us in remembering Bob and his family in your thoughts and prayers.

Michael Jex & Rick Stirling.


This extract was taken from the Nov 11, 1930 issue of the Joplin Globe and

Webb City, MO Nov. 10 -

Salathiel H. Sterling, 88 years old, a long-time resident of Jasper County and Civil War verteran, died at 4:55 pm at his home in Atlas.

Mr. Sterling had been in ill health since he fell and suffered a broken hip about eighteen months ago.  About two months ago his condition grew worse.  He was a retired farmer and had lived in this district for many years.  He was born November 30, 1841, in Preston County, Virginia.  He is survived by his widow Mrs. Fannie Sterling; three sons, H.W. Sterling, a druggist at Duenweg;  R.R. Sterling of Pearson, Okla., and H.H. Sterling of Cromwell, Okla.; a daughter, Mrs. Winifred Sterling of Edinburgh, Tex.; a step-son, W.F. Boyd of Baxter Springs; a step-daughter, Mrs. J.F. Patrick of Kansas City, Kan., and two step-daughters, Mrs. Ferm Gresham of Alba and Mrs. Creola King of Atlas.  Funeral arangements are incomplete.

Corinne Diedre Crawford-Sterling of Binghamton, New York

Corinne Diedre Crawfrod-SterlingCorinne Diedre Crawford-Sterling, 44, passed away after a courageous battle with cancer Tuesday, March 2, 1999. Her parents, Benn and Naomi Crawford and her father-in-law, William Sterling, predeceased her. She is survived by her loving husband Frank Sterling and wonderful children Camille and Aaron Sterling of Binghamton, her brothers and sisters Dr. David and Kathleen Crawford of Las Vegas, Mrs. Constance and James Pratt of Binghamton, Mrs. Deborah and Michael Curry of Binghamton, Mr. Morgan and Rachel Crawford of Raleigh, N.C., Amy Crawford, of Berkshire, Mr. Christopher Crawford of Binghamton, Mrs. Thelma and Thomas Bederka of Indianapolis, Ind. her mother-in-law Mary Hinds-Sterling of Binghamton, her sister-in-law Maria (Richard) Champion of Maine, her brothers-in-law, W. Richard Sterling of Endicott and Jacques Sterling of Binghamton. She is also survived by two special aunts, Mrs. Bella Owen of San Diego and Mrs. Laura Walker of Philadelphia; forty-two nieces and nephews, and several cousins and her very special friends, Joyce Aumick and Marge Bors. Special thanks to good friend, Pat Gaven and the Dream Group.

She was a devoted wife and mother. She was a very talented artist. She was a member of the Church of the Good Shepherd.

To those who loved and cared for Corinne...

We have but fleeting moments in time, to spend with those we love both friends and family. We must hold close to our hearts the many lovely memories that we have created together over the years. We must realize that we are not here at this place and time by chance, but instead by Divine providence. We are not alone here. We are surrounded by a Heavenly Host of loving angels of God. When we feel as if we canít be strong enough for the task at hand we can rely on the strength of Godís Heavenly Angels to nurture our spirits and to strengthen us during these times. God knows our every need and is with us giving us encouragement and support. Let us trust in Godís great love for us and for Corinne, and be thankful for the privilege we have been blessed with by having known and loved her.

Funeral Mass was held Friday 11 AM March 5th, 1999 at the Church of the Good Shepherd 74 Conklin Avenue, Binghamton with The Very Reverend James Jones officiating. The family received friends at the FranAk L. DeMunn Funeral Home, 36 Conklin Avenue Binghamton Thursday tthe 5th of March. 1999 from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. The family wishes to extend appreciation to both Lourdes Hospice and River Mede Manor Unit 4A for their compassion and care in her final days. In lieu of flowers, donations were accepted for the childrenís college education

Cheri attended Verde Vale Grammar School until the age of seven, then moved to the Southern California area.  She attended  Claremont High School and graduated on the top of the Honor Roll in 1976.

In 1976, her family moved to Lake Havasau City, Arizona, where she attended Lake Havasau Community College from 1976-1978.

The family moved back to the Redding area in May 1978.  For the next 10 years, Cheri was employed by Dr. J.R. Mann, M.D.  This was the job of her dreams, as being a Juvenile diabetic, limited her chances of becoming a surgical nurse.  Cheri married in 1992 and lived a reasonably normal life until 1998 when her condition worsened.  The last three years of her life were very difficult, as diabetes was a 30 year battle for her.  At one point in Cheri's life she mentioned to her mother that diabetes was a protection for her.  While other young people destroyed their bodies, she struggled hard to maintain health.  Cheri leaves behind her parents, Merritt and Sharon Needles of Cottonwood; sister, Kimberly and her son, Jimmy of Cottonwood who was shared with Cheri.  She also leaves behind several aunts, uncles, and a cousin that loverd her dearly, along with her companion, Rick, and his children, Carmie and Nick; his granddaughter and Rick's mother, father, stepmother and family.  Cheri spread love like a wild flower in the breeze, spreading seeds everywhere.

A very special thanks to two very special RNs at Mercy Hospital, Becky and Lori.

Cheri will be missed by all.

Cheri died December 29, 2001

Submitted by Lady Mary Hendrickson

12 March 1914 - San Jose, CA

STIRLING - In San Jose, Cal., March 12, 1914, James G.Stirling, beloved husband of Martha G. STIRLING and father of William F. STIRLING, brother of  G.B. STIRLING and stepfather of Mrs. B.M. STIRLING, a native of New Jersey, aged 64 years and 5 months.

Friends are invited to attend the  funeral tomorrow (Saturday), March 14, at 10:30 o'clock a.m. from the parlors of the San Jose Undertaking Co., No. 276 South Second street. Interment Oak  Hill.

San Jose Mercury Herald, March 13, 1914, Friday Morning, page 14

Contributed by Mary Jean Williams author of

From Cemetary to Tree - My Pennsylvania Roots

01 March 1900

Contributed by

Source:  From the Clay Center Dispatch, 01 March 1900

Died, Tuesday evening at 9:45, at his home in this city, James S.Sterling. Mr. Sterling had been quite sick for some time, but had beenreported better and hopes were entertained of his recovery.  Consequently the news of his death was quite a  shock to his friends.  The malady from  which his death resulted was pronounced gangrene of the  lungs. He was sixty-one years age, and old soldier, one of the pioneers  of this  county, standing high with his fellows, and had been honored  with more than one public position.

The funeral is to be held this afternoon at 3:30 at  the family  residence, Rev. H.D. Rice officiating.

Plynn SterlingPlynn Sterling, son of Thomas Reed Sterling and Cecil Daisy Harreld, and direct descendant of James Stirling and Hannah May of Cornwall, CT, passed away this morning around 9 AM, at the home of his son, Eric. Plynn and his daughter, Kathy had been visiting Eric and his wife, Linda and other family in Florida. The body will be flown to Zion, Illinois for funeral and burial.

Plynn was a wealth of information on our Sterling family, and was always willing to tell the stories he had been told as a youngster, personally experiencing many wonderful times with the family. It was a letter written to Plynn in 1939 that provided important clues to tracing his Stirling line back to Scotland. Plynn was born 8 Mar 1923, in Enid, Oklahoma, the oldest son of Thomas Reed Sterling.

All of us here at Clan Stirling want to send our condolences to the children of Plynn; Eric, Diana and Kathy Sterling, and other family members and friends.

Lady Mary Hendrickson wrote the following to us:

"Believe me when I say, we will all miss him deeply. Plynn's passing has taught me something. Never put off visiting those you love, and are related to. I never had the pleasure of meeting him, but understand on their return trip from Florida to Zion, Illinois, he and Kathy were going to come pay my husband and me a visit. That opportunity has now passed, and it is our loss. I know he was a wonderful person!"

If you'd like to contact Mary her email address is
Lady Mary Hendrickson

Plynn is survived by brother Dwayne Sterling, who lives in Littleton Colorado.

Remembrances can be sent to the following address:

Congdon Funeral Home
3012 Sheridan Road
Zion, IL 60099

Visitation is Wednesday evening from 6-9 PM and the Service will be Thursday morning at 10 AM