I just wanted to remember a beautiful woman who I have known for most of my life. She is my Aunt Steph. It is difficult to tell you about this special lady who has always been there for our family. She has shared numerous Christmases, Thanksgivings, Baby showers, bridal showers, and many womens retreats at Central Christian Church. It was always a joy to sit and visit with her and listen to her gently talk about the kids and grandkids. She had her son Andrew the same year that we had our boys. I remember her on Christmas day being in labor and how we all sat and watched her wondering when she would go to the hospital to have this little Christmas gift known to us today as Andrew David Christopher Noel Shultz. I remember talking to her about my divorce with my husband because she had been through a divorce as well. She had made crocheted ponchos for us one year, when we were younger,with varigated colors. I wore that to school almost every day. I loved it. When I graduated from High School in 1974 she gave me an address book. I don't remember what it had on the front but it was yellow and very useful. I used that book up until a couple of years ago when it finally fell apart after years of changes peoples names addresses, adding family members and birthdays. What I remember most about her is her laugh. There is no way to describe it. She was a great person and it was my privelage to be her niece. I know that she is in a great place now and celebrating with many close relatives and more importantly with our Lord Jesus Christ. I will miss you here but look forward to seeing her again in a wonderful place.
STEPHANIE L. SHULTZ, 64 ROCKFORD - Stephanie L. Shultz, 64, of Rockford died suddenly Saturday, Jan. 31, 2009, in her home. Born Oct. 27, 1944, to Robert and Mary Crowell. For more than 20 years, she worked as executive assistant to the bank president at First of America Bank, now National City Bank. She worked for five years with the Rockford Park District Foundation and was currently employed at Crossroads Auto Sales in Roscoe. She was an election judge and longtime member of Central Christian Church. Stephanie enjoyed sewing, crocheting and was an avid reader of murder mysteries. Survivors include children, Heidi (Javier) Saavedra and Andrew (Meredith Johnson) Shultz of Erie; grandchildren, Nikara Anderson-Shultz (serving in the Navy in Naples, Italy), Kasyndra Anderson, Kayden Johnson; great-grandchild, Grayce (due in April); son-in-law, Michael Anderson; father, Robert; siblings, Robin King, Sherry Ransford of Indianapolis, Jim Crowell, Don Crowell and JoDell McMahon of Long Beach, Calif.; special friends, Karla Kuhl, Inga Carlson, the Mama Owls Group from City Bank/FOA. Predeceased by mother, Mary; and daughter, Susan Anderson. Service at 11 a.m. Friday, Feb. 6, in Central Christian Church, 6595 Guilford Road, with the Rev. Mike Holland officiating. Burial in Willwood Burial Park. Visitation from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 5, in the church. Memorials to the family for a future charity.