Steph was loved and she loved — she was all heart. Steph was known for her quick wit, infectious laugh, great sense of humor, beautiful singing voice, and empathy. Steph loved God, Jesus, his family and his friends. She liked what you liked when she was with you. She loved animals (especially orangutans and sloths) and Disney World. Steph was curator of all UK and Nordic “what to watch” TV shows. Oh, she also loved popcorn.
Steph has faced many challenges in her life, not only raising three amazing daughters, but also taking the opportunity to leave the country to manage software engineers in Germany and Malaysia, and beating endometrial cancer. stage IV.
She found joy in teaching 4-year-olds in Sunday school, knitting, card making, anything really crafty, and was an avid collector of craft materials.
Steph was also the greatest mom. The time she took her eldest to make earrings after a haircut that made her cry. For staying up late with the youngest typing homework due the next day. Teach that love is limitless and everyone deserves it equally. Go to 7-11 before midnight to get bags of M&Ms and 3D glasses to watch a horror movie with the middle child. To break his ass to support himself, to never give up, to love unconditionally. To be a kind, warm, intelligent, adventurous and capable woman.
Steph’s to-do list remains unfinished – see the Northern Lights, take a train ride, go back to Disney and lots of road trips. So we encourage his loved ones to take these trips – enjoy life, see great things and honor his memory. She will have an amazing life with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ who was her rock and her foundation, and all her faith was in him.
A celebration of life will be held in the fall at Clear Lake Presbyterian Church. Interment will be a private family matter at Aspen Grove Cemetery in Burlington, Iowa.
To honor his memory, the family asks that you consider making a donation to your local zoo, Costa Rica Animal Rescue, the Orangutan Project, local food banks or local animal shelters.
“Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safe and sound in a nice well-preserved body, but rather of skidding in broadside, completely worn out, completely worn out and loudly proclaiming – WOW – What laughed at!” -Hunter S. Thompson.
Published by The Beaumont Enterprise from March 16 to March 17, 2022.