Sweet Love


090514_beshert-nowStacey & David Stern
First Date: May 1982 to see “An Officer and a Gentleman”
Wedding Date: Aug. 12, 1989
Venue: Martin’s West
Residence: Owings Mills
Favorite Activity: Exercising

While David Stern and a friend walked past the Pikesville High School cafeteria during a school day in the early 1980s, his friend was the recipient of a wave.

David learned that the friendly girl was Stacey Serpick.

“I saw her beautiful smile and her pretty face at first,” David recalled recently. “She had a great personality too. She blossomed like a flower in the month of May.”

Their mutual friend introduced them, and David pursued Stacey. She remembers the cute guy who sat next to her in the lunch room. He called her at home, and they talked for hours. David recalls hanging out at her home in Pikesville and sitting on the couch, happy to be together. He also picked her up from her job at Baskin-Robbins, and they would hang out on weekends.

They continued dating long after David asked Stacey to his senior prom and long after he graduated. He commuted to Towson University so they continued their relationship. After Stacey graduated two years later, she enrolled in a nursing program at St. Joseph Hospital and then graduated from the University of Baltimore with a bachelor’s degree in nursing.

“I found a good girlfriend, and I wanted to hold on to her,” said David, now 49. “She had a sweet personality, and I fell in love.”

090514_beshert-thenLate in 1987, David took Stacey to dinner, recited a sweet poem he had written and asked her to marry him. They were wed on Aug. 12, 1989 with Rabbi Donald Berlin officiating the traditional ceremony at Martin’s West.

David presented roses to their mothers, Beverly Serpick Fine and Peggy Stern, who is now deceased.

After a honeymoon in St. Thomas, the Sterns moved to their first home across from the Greenspring Shopping Center. Shannon arrived in 1991, and Taylor joined the family in 1993. In 1996, they moved to Worthington Park in Owings Mills.

They shared responsibility for raising the girls, who are now 23 and 21 years old. Stacey worked the night shift on weekends, and David reveled in spoiling them. He remembers giving Taylor the dessert that Stacey had taken from her earlier in the night.

The family loved to travel to Ocean City each summer, and they took trips to Walt Disney World and Mexico.

“I couldn’t be any happier,” said David, who owns Brother’s Bail Bonds on Lexington Street in Baltimore. “Thank God I have what I have. I’m grateful every day.”

They still enjoy hanging out as well as exercising together and traveling to regional and national softball tournaments with David’s competitive team.

“We still really and truly love each other,” said David. “I love her more than ever. Love grows stronger. I couldn’t imagine anything without her.”

Stacey, 48, added, “I’m looking forward to the rest of our relationship together.”

Linda L. Esterson is an Owings Mills-based freelance writer. For “Beshert,” call 410-902-2305 or email Linda.Esterson@verizon.net.

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