Emanuel and Bertha Strauss Sternberger had two daughters, Blanche Sternberger Benjamin who was born May 15, 1901, and Emelia who was born in 1906. After his death in 1924, Bertha and her daughters created the Emanuel Sternberger Educational Trust in his memory.
Bertha Strauss Sternberger was born on October 27, 1878 in Mayesville, South Carolina. She attended Chicora College in Columbia, South Carolina and Winthrop College in Rock Hill, South Carolina. After her marriage to Emanuel Sternberger on April 25, 1900 she joined him in Greensboro and enrolled at North Carolina College for Women (now UNC-Greensboro).
Bertha had a special interest in education and children. She was an active member in the North Carolina Children’s Home Society, the North Carolina Crippled Children’s Commission, the Guilford County Tuberculosis Sanitorium, and the Sadalia School for Negros. She was a member of the Board of Education of the Greater Greensboro School District and the first woman board member, the Travelers’ Aid Society, and a major supporter of the Community Chest and Juvenile Courts in Greensboro.
Bertha was the second largest donor to Richardson Memorial Hospital and a substantial contributor to Bennett College in Greensboro. She was responsible for the playground system in Greensboro. Her interest in women’s suffrage led her to an active part in the League of Women Voters. She was also active in the WWI canteen work and Red Cross activities in Greensboro.
She died in Greensboro, North Carolina on February 17, 1928.