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Stephanie Bourassa

1945 - 2016 Obituary Condolences
Bourassa, Stephanie
age 70, of Scottsdale died Sunday, January 24, 2016. Born in Los Angeles to Alex and Lorraine Satler in 1945, the family soon relocated and Stephanie was raised in New Jersey. Her mother, an art lover was also responsible for her love of bright colors and all things spicy. Her father was international businessman whose trips to Europe, the Orient and Russia left her with an innate curiosity about the world. She attended high school in Manhattan and fell in love with the city. She received a B.A. in Speech Therapy from Emerson College in Boston and after college she moved to New York City. She married and began raising 2 daughters before moving to Scottsdale in 1978. A lover of all things grammatically correct, every morning started with coffee and a crossword puzzle, only after reading the newspaper obituaries. So petite in stature yet so large in presence, she loved to make people smile and always made a big impression when she entered a room. Stephanie had a rare gift of befriending strangers, developing lasting friendships and was never happier than when bringing them all together. A true car 'guy' at heart, Stephanie had a passion for all things automotive and built many strong friendships with people she met within the industry. She and her husband Bud built a life around their mutual love of cars, racing and course events. They competed in numerous car rallies together. Survivors include husband Roy "Bud" Bourassa, daughters Jessica Tullman and Melissa Hessekiel as well as 3 grandchildren, Rafe, Lily and Jordan. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in her honor may be made to: Fund Development 1510 E.
Flower St., Phoenix, AZ 85014-5656 or P.O. Box 5014 Hagerstown, MD 21741-5014. A graveside service was held at Paradise Memorial Gardens.

Published in The Arizona Republic on Jan. 31, 2016
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