Sternhagen was born Aug. 13, 1924, in Opheim Valley, Mont., to Joseph P. and Mary C. (Carignan) Sternhagen. He was a U.S. Marine Raider from 1942-1945. He attended Princeton University and later graduated from the University of Montana, in Missoula, Mont.
He moved to Alaska in 1979 to be closer to his brother, Dr. Charles Sternhagen.
He spent most of his life training dogs and hunting. As a professional dog trainer he won many American Kennel Club Field Trials with those dogs. Recently, he had been a Eucharistic Minister for St. Michaels Catholic Church in Palmer and active in the prison ministries. He was also an active member of the Knights of Columbus and involved with the local Senior Centers.
According to his family, "Marc was a beloved father, grandfather and friend. Marc always was more concerned with others health and well being than his own. He was a very proud 15-year member of Alcoholics Anonymous."
Sternhagen is survived by his two daughters, Alexandra, of Salida, Colo. and Kelsey Ann, of Palmer; two grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. He is also survived by one brother, William G. Sternhagen, of Helena, Mont.; and sisters Mary Farrell, of Spokane, Wash. and Rita Frey, of Aberdeen, Wash. and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by four sons and two brothers.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions should be sent to St. Michaels Catholic Church, 432 E. Fireweed Avenue, Palmer, Alaska 99645.Arrangements for the family were made by Kehl's Palmer Mortuary.
Source: Frontiersman 15 June 1999