December 17, 1920 – September 15, 2018
information provided by Schroeder-Lauer Funeral Home
Stephanie Grabarek, age 97 of Lansing, IL, formerly of South Chicago and Dolton, IL, passed away on Saturday, September 15, 2018. She was born December 17, 1920, in Gary, IN, and was raised in New Chicago, IN.
She is survived by her children: Stan (Julie), Jim, Joe (Kathy), Ken, and Eileen (John). Her grandchildren Lisa (Terry), Justin (April), Jamie (Kelly), Caitlin, Christoph (Molly), Lara (Matthew), David, Brandin, and Stephen. Her great grandchildren Alyssa (Joshua), Bent, Carley, Bradley, Lily Ann, Jack, Marc, Lukas, Tristan, Livia, Aengus, Pixie, Duylan, Carson, Preston, Abbott, Bowen, and Dakota. She was preceded in death by her husband Joseph, parents John and Zofia, brothers John, Joe, and Carl, sister Stella, grandmother Marya, uncle Gustov, aunt Stanislowa, daughter-in-law Christa, and her beloved granddaughters Valerie and Donna.
Stephanie held many jobs in her life, working as a domestic at age 14, and at Bear Brand Hosiery factory in Gary, Curtis Candy Co. (Butterfingers), Richie’s Box Factory, Austenal, R.R Donnelly, and various waitress positions. For 25 years, Stephanie and her husband Joseph took care of their granddaughter, Donna, who was a special child born with physical and mental handicaps. They drove her to New Hope School, then Blue Cap School, and took care of her before and after school until Joe’s health declined. She considered this a labor of love.
Stephanie enjoyed bingo, especially the Sunday games at the Knights of Columbus with her friends, Kathy, Nancy, and Mimi. She spent decades picking up lady friends and driving to the bingos in Gary, but outlived two groups of friends.
After a triple by-pass surgery at age 86, Stephanie started to attend exercise classes at the South Holland recreation center, and she walked three times a week until age 92. She enjoyed the company of the ladies in the class, and her current teacher Dyann.
Her annual trips to Las Vegas with her husband were cherished, and she had fond memories of three trips to Hawaii. Her trip to meet her brother John and sister-in-law Shirley in Hawaii was much talked about. For the last 10 years, annual trips to Disney World were relished, especially her stays at the Grand Floridian, where she became friends with the hotel greeter, Richard, who passed away this year. Trips on her birthday to Disney were especially enjoyed. It’s a Small World After All! Stephanie also loved the friends and camaraderie she shared during her days in the St. Ann’s Senior Club.
A memorial Mass for Stephanie will be celebrated on Tuesday, October 2, 2018, at 10:00am at St. Ann Catholic Church, 3010 Ridge Rd., Lansing, IL, with Fr. Mark Kalema officiating.
Tuesday, October 02, 2018, 10:00am
St. Ann Catholic Church
3010 Ridge Road
Lansing, IL 60438