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Stephanie Ann Pelentay


1954 - 2016 Obituary Condolences
Stephanie Ann Pelentay Obituary
Stephanie Ann, was born on January 30, 1954, into the loving arms of her parents, Stephen and Annice Pelentay. She was the eldest of five and took the role of first born quite seriously. Stephanie was followed by siblings, Paul, Annice, Mary and Christie. She was very accomplished in delegating tasks and was awarded the nicknames, The Commander-In-Chief, The General, and The Queen. All appropriate, as she was extremely capable of completing any job quickly and with perfection. Education was an integral part of Stephanie's life. She attended Saint Elizabeth's grammar school, Alverno High School, and her beloved, University of Southern California (USC). Stephanie became part of the spirit of USC participating in many university functions and all major sporting events. She traveled extensively to watch her USC Football Team play at Notre Dame, the Orange Bowl, and numerous other venues. Additionally, she was a season ticket holder of Trojan Basketball games, held at the Galen Center. She was their loudest cheerleader and biggest supporter. Recently, she became a member of Trojan Affiliates. Stephanie bled cardinal and gold, Trojan colors. Stephanie continued to support USC with her time, talent and treasure. Stephanie's education propelled her into a very successful career in the insurance industry. She worked for forty years in this profession. Stephanie spent thirty years at Marsh & McLennan Companies, where she advanced to the position of Senior Vice-President in the Transportation Division. Although she excelled at her job, she especially valued the relationships she built with her clients and co-workers. Stephanie appreciated her education, and work, but it was her family and friends that were always at the center of her heart. She loved her friends, shared her life with her siblings, but it was her niece and nephews with whom she especially enjoyed spending time and playing the role of Auntie Mame. Stephanie was an avid theater-goer, concert enthusiast, foodie and was always looking for ways of having fun. Her generosity knew no boundaries and she shared her good fortune with others. Highlights of her kindness were taking those she loved on trips, including an African Safari and Mediterranean Cruises. Stephanie made friends wherever she went, truly making the world her oyster. The people that Stephanie met along her life's journey truly enriched her life. Stephanie was an international/world traveler but also enjoyed her time in the wine country, jet-setting to New York or Chicago. However, she always appreciated returning to her Pasadena home. Stephanie was a two-time cancer warrior. She fought a valiant battle. Through her illnesses she taught us how to "Fight On To Victory". She loved and lived life to the fullest. Stephanie is pre-deceased by her parents. She is survived by her siblings, Paul, Annice, Mary, Christie; brother-in-law, John; niece, Jillian; nephews, Justin, Paul James, Christian; extended family, and countless friends. The family is grateful to all of the caregivers, her "Royal Court of Nurses", the outstanding doctors and staff of Keck Medical Center of USC - Pasadena, Huntington Hospital and Mission Care Center, for their compassionate care and support. Services will be held Saturday, November 5, 2016. The Rosary will be at 12:15 pm followed by her Funeral Mass at 12:30 pm. Both services will be held at Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Church, 2640 E. Orange Grove Blvd., Pasadena. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center in memory of Stephanie Pelentay. Donations will support research of the Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center. Please make checks payable to "USC Norris" and write in the memo: Stephanie Pelentay Memorial Gift. Checks can be sent to the family and/or directly to the USC Norris, Development Office, 1441 Eastlake Ave., Suite 8302, Los Angeles, CA 90089. Electronic guestbook may be viewed/signed on the website for the funeral directors, Cabot and Sons' website www.cabotandsonsfh.com
Published in the Los Angeles Times on Nov. 3, 2016
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