Janet Stiefvater, age 83, of Springfield joined the Lord on Saturday, December 01, 2012 after a brief illness. She graduated from Southwest MO State with a degree in fine arts and was a member of the Apha Sigma Apha sorority. Janet has been an active member of Immaculate Conception Church since 1958, a member of the Society of St. Francis de Sales, The Knights and Ladies of the Holy Sepulchre, and a lively member of The Lunch Bunch. A lover of the arts and creativity, she enjoyed gourmet cooking, music, painting, watercolors, and was an avid collector of local artworks. She enjoyed gardening, nature, and was a friend of animals, especially birds. Janet traveled extensively and particularly enjoyed trips to Australia, Africa, Alaska, and Florida beaches. Janet valued hospitality and welcomed everyone into her home, which was always open to those in need including foster children, Vietnamese refugees, and exchange students. Janet's legacy included her special capacity to personally touch others' lives and her unconditional love for her large extended family.
She is survived by her loving husband of 61 years, Jerry; her daughter, Kris Stock; son, Dick, all of Springfield; a son, Jeff of Kansas City; and a son, Kurt and his wife Linda Walsh Stiefvater of Glen Allen, VA. Her grandchildren, Nikki and her husband, Jim Soda of St. Petersburg, FL; Ryan Stock of Pittsburg, KS; Megan Stock of Springfield; Darin and Reed Stiefvater of Glen Allen, VA, great-granddaughter, Harper Soda, and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, Joseph Sr. and Mary Theresa Newton, and brothers, Joseph, Jr., his wife, Marie, and Larry Newton and his wife, Barbara.
Funeral mass will be held at 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, December 4, 2012 at Immaculate Conception Church with the Reverend Lewis Hejna celebrant. Burial will follow in Resurrection Cemetery. Visitation will be held Monday from 6 to 8:00 p.m. with a prayer service at 7:30 p.m. at Gorman-Scharpf Brentwood Chapel. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to The Kitchen.