LoRita Stephenson

LoRita Jo Stephenson, 59

LoRita Jo Stephenson, 59, of Lafayette, passed away on February 19, 2013, at her home.

LoRita was born on April 3, 1953, in Otterbein to the late John William and Gladys Lee Smith Halsema. LoRita graduated from Benton Central High School in 1972. On June 19, 1993, LoRita married Raymond Stephenson in Lafayette, and he survives. She was the head cook at Oliverios for 14 years, and then was the Hot Foods Manager at Village Pantry for 15 years. LoRita enjoyed cooking, baking, playing Farm Ville, and collecting wind chimes.

Surviving are two children, John Oliver and Terry Oliver Jr., both of Lafayette; and two-step children, Ayssa Rolon, and Carrie Ann Stephenson, both of Crawfordsville. Also surviving are five siblings, Barbara Halsema-Sheerin, of Crofton, Ky., Brenda Halsema-Smith, of Lafayette, Larry Halsema, of Lafayette, Christopher "Chris" Halsema, of Petel, Miss., and Anthony "Tony" Halsema, of Muncie; and five grandchildren, Mia, Darsi, Yelena and Alessia Rolon, and Conner Allen Stephenson.

LoRita is preceded in death by her first husband, Terry Oliver Sr.

Services will be held on Friday, Feb. 22, 2013 at 2 p.m. with visitation one hour prior to the service at Simplicity Funeral Care with Chaplain Larry Halsema officiating. Memorial contributions can be made to the family in c/o of Raymond Stephenson.

Simplicity Funeral Care entrusted with care. Share memories and condolences at www.simplicity-funeralcare.com.

Published in the Journal & Courier from Feb. 21 to Feb. 22, 2013