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Vienna Resident Hank Sternberg, 50, Dies

Sternberg was a Boy Scout leader and a member of the Rotary Club.

Hank Sternberg, 50, an active member of the Vienna community, died of a heart attack on Friday.

A funeral service will be held at 5 p.m. Sunday at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Fairfax in Oakton.

Sternberg, a Washington, D.C. native, was the owner of Cyber Services, Inc., an Internet technology company based in Vienna. He was also a volunteer Boy Scout leader and a member of the local chapter of the Rotary Club.

David Agatston, a close family friend, vacationed with Sternberg and his wife two weeks ago in Miami. He shared the following thoughts about his friend with Patch. 

"Hank had a wonderful sense of humor, loved music (especially the blues), loved to discuss and debate with his friends about a wide range of topics including politics, technology and religion.  He was a great neighbor who was always willing to help out with anything anyone needed.  He was also one of the handiest guys I knew who was always working on projects around his house – he built his own deck and pool.  He loved technology and was always excited about the newest gadgets – digital cameras, iPads, etc.  He loved camping and fishing and went on an annual fishing trip with friends to North Carolina.  As an active scout leader, he was often camping with his kids."

Sternberg is survived by his wife Nancy Sternberg and their three children, Greg Sternberg, 16, Jacob Sternberg, 14, and Stephanie Sternberg, 12.

The family is requesting that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the American Heart Association in Sternberg's honor.

Amelie Krikorian March 26, 2012 at 10:07 PM
We were very sorry to hear this news. We knew Hank through scouts as an active and supportive leader in scouting. Our prayers are with his family.
Lesley Daisley March 26, 2012 at 11:27 PM
We will always love you :). And will always to thankful for you being in our lives. <3
Heather Barber March 27, 2012 at 01:27 AM
Hank was truly one of a kind...as Dave said, he was a handy man and building his own deck and pool just scratches the surface - but ALL that he built was for his neighborhood, his community, and his friends to enjoy...and particularly for all the kids. His legacy will live on in them. R.I.P. my friend. xoxo
lisa moffett March 27, 2012 at 02:37 AM
I am so sorry to hear about the passing of Hank. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends.
suzanne oskuie March 27, 2012 at 02:49 AM
Hank always made me smile. He was like a big brother who happily shared his time and vast computer knowledge with us and even saved me from a vicious preying mantis in my living room. :-) I will miss talking about books with him as he was an avid reader with a wide range of interests. Heather was right on- he was one of a kind and will be so missed.
Stacey Thornburg March 27, 2012 at 03:12 AM
Hank was an amazing man who loved his family, friends, and community. His passion for life was evident in the many activities he enjoyed including sailing, fishing, and camping. I greatly enjoyed our political debates and will miss him so much.
HTTR March 27, 2012 at 03:24 AM
I loved talking politics with him. His passion was unbridled and I LOVED that about him. He was also damn brilliant. Damn Hank why'd you go so fast? Lisa McDevitt
Dave McConnell March 27, 2012 at 12:03 PM
I miss you and will always remember the moments we shared. -Dave McConnell
Bob and Liz Divine March 27, 2012 at 12:28 PM
Hank will be missed by everyone he touched - family, friends, coworkers and especially our neighborhood. We all have lost a loving husband, father, neighbor and a true technical genius. Our love and prayers go out to Nancy, Greg, Jacob and Stephanie.
Elisabeth Russell March 27, 2012 at 01:25 PM
We are so sorry for this terrible loss. We will hold your family in our thoughts and prayers. Heartfelt condolences from the Russell Family - Elisabeth, Gary, Alex, Claire
David Apol March 27, 2012 at 01:36 PM
One of the promises a Scout and Scout Leader makes when they take the Scout Oath is to keep themselves "mentally awake". Hank was one of the most mentally awake people I’ve ever know. He was always teasing out ideas, challenging preconceptions, and listening to others arguments. No 10 mile long hike was complete without a mile wide conversation. I will miss Hank and the richness his presence added to our lives. His loss is a tragedy, but I am comforted by the recognition the, while too short, Hank life was surely full. He truly lived while he was alive. I hope that can be some comfort to Nancy, Greg, Jacob and Stephanie too.
Anna Whiston-Donaldson March 27, 2012 at 02:36 PM
What a loss for the Sternberg family and our community. Prayers and love to Nancy and the kids.
Cherie Molloy March 27, 2012 at 05:13 PM
So true David Apol....Hank (when did he start going by Hank since I knew him as Henry back in the 80's?) truly lived while he was alive. I remember thinking he was the coolest person I knew when he took off and drove to Alaska one summer. I still have a purple coffee cup that says Alaska that he brought home for me. Facebook allowed me to re-connect with Hank and Nancy not that long ago and I always enjoyed the picture updates of his beautiful family. I also thought wow they sure take a lot of fun vacations. I also was so proud of him for being one of the successful internet companies. Funny I remember talking to him way back when asking him about his company and he mentioned something about world wide web and I really did not know much what that meant. I am so saddened by the loss of Hank....we had even facebook messaged about a year ago about getting me and my husband together with him and Nancy to discuss over some NY wine (that I was going to bring down to VA) the trials and tribulation of parenting. I am so sad we did not have that meeting. A great man gone too soon. My prayers are with Nancy, Greg, Jacob and Stephanie. God Bless you all. Cherie Molloy Canandaigua, NY
Lori March 27, 2012 at 05:59 PM
There are no words to express the sadness we feel over the loss of Hank. He was such an incredible leader and mentor to our son through the Boy Scout program. He will be remembered and missed always. God Bless his family. -The Pohlmans, Oakton, VA
Joseph Merenda March 27, 2012 at 06:20 PM
Hank was an incredible Rotarian. His presence will be missed. Our prayers and thoughts are with his family.. Fellow Rotarian, Joe (and Marie) Merenda
christine parks March 28, 2012 at 02:22 AM
We were privileged to meet the Sternburgs when our kids who are the same ages as theirs, were at Parkwood. Hank was an amazing guy. Funny and easy to talk to. I remember standing on the deck he had just built it was amazing. And he was so humble about it. He will be missed so much because people like him are rare. My condolences to Nancy and the kids. Christine Parks
Carlos Vargas March 28, 2012 at 02:36 AM
I am so sadened to hear this a moment ago... we have been trying to setup a get together with JJ, Nadine, Ed, Martin and Henry this coming months... I am so sorry we did not have the chance to sit around the grill like the old days, and remember the great times and adventures we all shared almost 30 years ago... we will always remember you my friend! Our prayers are with Nancy, Greg, Jacob and Stephanie. Carlos Vargas Fairfax, VA
Morella Rosales-Hanner March 29, 2012 at 04:28 PM
Words alone cannot express our sadness and sorrow for the so sudden parting of Hank. To say that his time with us was cut short is an understatement. The reality is that he touched everyone who knew him and for that he will forever be missed. I will always remember the passion, honesty and fairness Hank brought to everything he did no matter how small or intricate the task happened to be. I admire Hank’s genuine caring for his children and the children in our community and I deeply believe that most of his projects and adventures were motivated by this caring. As the mother of two boys whose lives have been deeply touched by Hank, I can attest that he pretty much exemplified the ‘It takes a whole village …’ proverb. I hope that the outpouring of sympathy that Nancy, Greg, Jacob and Stephanie have received during this difficult time has been of some consolation and that it serves as a reminder of the special place Hank will forever hold in our hearts. With Sincere Sympathy, Morella Rosales-Hanner
Frank Muto May 12, 2012 at 12:26 AM
Hank has been a customer of ours since 2005 with Cyber Services. I always enjoyed our conversations and his upbeat nature. I hope the family may find comfort with family and friends and pray for their strength to keep strong within the family. Rest in piece my friend, rest in piece. Frank Muto

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