Bernard (Nardie) Stein – St. Louis Jewish Light

United States military veteran

Bernhard (Nardie) Steinaged 91, passed away peacefully on November 7, 2022 in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Nardie was a much loved and respected spouse, father, grandfather, friend, mentor and leader. He spent his childhood in Fort Smith, Arkansas, graduated from Washington University in 1953, and then served as a cryptographer at US Army Far East Headquarters in Japan. In 1955 he began his long career at Camp Nebagamon in northern Wisconsin.

Nardie and his wife, Sally Lorber Stein, ran Camp Nebagamon from 1960 to 1990. Nardie was known for his kindness, integrity, wit, competence, values, and far-reaching friendships between generations of Nebagamon families from more than 50 cities and 15 countries .

Nardie and Sally lived in Clayton, Missouri for most of their 67 years of marriage and in Lake Nebagamon, Wisconsin each summer. In 2018, they moved to The Waters on the 50th in Minneapolis.

Nardie often expressed joy and gratitude for his good fortune in life. On the occasion of his 70th birthday, he referred to himself as WLG (“World’s Luckiest Guy”). He is survived by his beloved partner Sally Lorber Stein, their children Jane Stein Kerr (Euan), Ted Stein (Perrin), Jessica Stein Diamond (Scott), and their grandchildren Sarah Kerr, Malcolm Kerr (Anna Hess), Elena, Benno and Nat Stein as well Ian and Daisy Diamond.

He is the brother of the late Jean (Stein) Bloch and the son of the late Jennings and Jeannette Stein. Nardie’s life was further enriched by his enduring friendships with German relatives who brought his parents from Nazi Germany and helped resettle at Fort Smith.

In addition to his leadership roles with the American Camping Association and mentoring many colleagues in the camping community, Nardie has spent 50 years on the board of directors of Sherwood Forest, a camp near St. Louis that serves children from low-income households and underserved communities serves . He also loved his volunteer work with Reading is Fundamental (RIF) at the St. Louis Schools. He and Sally co-directed the Camp Nebagamon Scholarship Fund for 50 years.

A memorial service will be held in Saint Paul on Friday, November 18 at 10:00 am at Mount Zion Temple, 1300 Summit Ave, St Paul, MN 55105. All are welcome. You can also watch via live stream at https://mzion.org/pray/live-streaming/.

Memorial donations can be made to the Camp Nebagamon Scholarship Fund (CNSF), Camperships for Nebagamon (CFN), the Camp Nebagamon Foundation, or a charity of your choice.

Founded in 1947, CNSF helps children and youth affected by poverty and disabilities to attend non-profit camps that cater to their needs. https://cncharities.org/cnsf/support/online/

Founded in 1995, CFN funds children who otherwise could not afford to attend Camp Nebagamon (or a girls’ camp in Wisconsin). https://cncharities.org/cfn/support/online/

Established in 2021, the Camp Nebagamon Foundation acquired Camp Nebagamon in 2022 and will ensure the preservation of the institution and country Nardie has dedicated his career to. https://www.campnebagamonfoundation.org/get-involved

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