CATHERINE STEPHAN VALPARAISO, IN Catherine Stephan, age 83, of Valparaiso passed away peacefully Monday, February 25, 2013 at her home in the presence and comfort of her family. She is survived by her husband of 58 years, Charles; three sons: Mark (Kim) of Carmel, IN, William (Carol) of Carmel, IN and Robert (Rebecca) of Munster, IN; eight grandchildren in whom she delighted: Laura, Michael, Rachel, Paul, Suzanne, William, Nicholas, and Catherine; brother, George (Kay) Taseff of Valparaiso, IN; sister-in-law, Florence Stefanovich of Valparaiso, IN; two maternal aunts: Frances Mei of Sudbury, Ontario and Theresa MacQueen of Sydney, Nova Scotia; and numerous loving nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents: Chris and Charlotte Taseff; and her brother, Carl Taseff. Catherine was a lifelong resident of Northwest Indiana and a proud graduate of Froebel High School. She attended Indiana University and worked at her parents' grocery business before marrying and becoming a wonderful homemaker, devoted to her family and friends. Later in life, she was employed for 15 years at L.S. Ayers & Company. Catherine will always be remembered for the enthusiasm with which she approached life and the joy and happiness she brought to family and friends. Her extraordinary caring and thoughtfulness of others was a reflection of her unshakable faith, which was at the core of her being. She was a member of St. Paul's Catholic Church in Valparaiso. A private Catholic funeral service was held Friday, March 1, 2013 at Calumet Park Funeral Chapel followed by burial at Calumet Park Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to
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Published in The Times on Mar. 3, 2013