obit: Karel Frances Cook Sternadel
Karel F. Sternadel
Karel Frances Cook Sternadel was born October 6, 1939 in Siloam Springs, Arkansas to John Francis and Vera Florence Fry Cook. She was their second child, as daughter Shasta Vee Cook Allen was born in September of 1936.
Karel graduated from Kerrville Tivy High School at the age of sixteen. She won the State championship in FFA Sharpshooting during High School and graduated much younger than her peers. She graduated from Durham Business School in San Antonio, Texas. She later attended UT SA in San Antonio and graduated with a Master's Degree in Accounting from Texas A&I University in Kingsville, Texas.
Through genealogy research, it was discovered that Karel is a descendant of John and Priscilla Alden, original signers of the Mayflower Compact. She was a member of the Mayflower Society of Texas. She was also a member of the Civil Air Patrol in Kingsville, Texas, and the Kingsville Women's Club, a longtime member and deacon of First Presbyterian Church of Kingsville and more recently a member of Island Presbyterian Church.
She held Accounting positions with Celanese Chemical Company, Armstrong Ranch and retired in 1998 from Spohn Hospital. She and her husband of 35 years, Norbert 'Joe' Sternadel traveled to all seven continents after their retirement and maintained several friendships established through their travels.
She and Joe relocated from Kingsville to Corpus in 1992 to be closer to the water and she enjoyed many a day sitting out in the sunshine on their back porch. She was interested in birding, was a self-taught piano player and an avid collector of cookbooks and recipes. She had a great memory for numbers, dates and loved to give driving directions to everyone. She always knew where the 'good' restaurants were in any town. She was a strong-willed, fun loving lady who always had a smile on her face, found good in everyone and would lend a shoulder to anyone who needed a friend.
She was preceded in death by her parents, John and Vera Cook, her sister Shasta Cook Allen and a daughter, Leigh Erin Daye.
She is survived by her husband Norbert 'Joe' Sternadel, a daughter Deidra Daye Hall (John), two step-daughters, Carla Sternadel Norman (Marc) and Brenda Sternadel, and three grandchildren, Kenny Norman, Brian Hall and Robyn Hall.
A Memorial Service will be held at Seaside Memorial Park on December 7, 2012 at 2:00 P.M.
In lieu of flowers, the family respectfully requests that donations be made to the American Lung Association, 1301 Pennsylvania Avenue, Suite 800, Washington, DC 20004, or online at www.lung.org/donate/memorial-honor-gifts/.
To view tribute please visit www.seasidefuneral.com
Originally published Thursday, December 06, 2012 Corpus Christi Caller