March 18, 1972 ~ July 10, 2010
Africano, Stephanie Anne, a 35 year resident of the South Bay, passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, July 10, 2010 in Long Beach Memorial Hospital where she was born 38 years ago. Stephanie was a member of St. Francis Episcopal Church in Palos Verdes Estates from childhood baptism through life, recently teaching young children. Stephanie attended schools in Rancho Palos Verdes, graduating from Rolling Hills High School, California State University Long Beach with a Bachelors of Arts in Comparative Literature (Cum Laude), a Masters of Arts Education in Educational Technology also Phi Lambda Theta and Phi Kappa Phi honorary societies, and a diploma in Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL). She was enrolling at CSU Dominguez Hills for a Masters of Arts in Teaching, as she realized teaching young people was her life's call. As an undergraduate, she lived in the International House at CSULB, becoming the Resident and making life-long friendships with many Asian and European students. This lead to her extensive travel to Japan, South Korea, England, Scotland, Ireland and other European countries to visit friends. Steph worked at Mendoza Dillon , an Orange County ad agency, CSU Long Beach in the Education School in teacher placement, at El Camino College, Torrance Memorial Hospital in Hospice, and taught TEFL briefly in South Korea with her fiancée Mitch Fader. Mitch at 38 died suddenly in February this year of cancer. A graduate of the LA Jr. Lifeguard program, Steph loved to bogie board in the surf at RAT beach, run 5K community runs and individual 5 mile runs with her two large dogs, Cooper and Becky, in tow. She was an award winning nature/wild life photographer. Starting in second grade, Steph played the violin, mostly classical pieces until she encountered the Scottish Fiddlers during her adult career and became passionate about that style of music. Every few years she traveled to music camps in San Diego, North Carolina and Scotland for a week of instruction and fiddling. She was a member of the Los Angeles Scottish Fiddlers organization. Her Master's thesis involved mechanizing a website including an example on teaching Scottish Fiddling. Steph often performed musical gigs at coffee houses in LA and Orange counties, the Orange County Fair, weddings and other occasions as a fiddler and singer. She loved pastry baking and Korean foods. Steph lived in the Marshall Islands on the Island of Kwajalein for 2 1/2 years as a young child with her family while her father worked on a US Army defense contract. She attended a U.S. Government school with the son of another engineer; this young friend (Mitch) located Steph via the Internet 30 years later in Southern California and they were engaged. Steph had a knack of maintaining school chum friendships for a long, long time. Stephanie is survived by her parents, Jane and Robert Africano of Palos Verdes, CA; sister Jenna Africano of Redondo Beach; brother Tim Africano, wife Leslie and nephews Austin and Ethan of Anaheim Hills. The Memorial Service will be held at St. Francis Episcopal Church in Palos Verdes Estates on Saturday July 31, 2010 at 1pm, followed by a Reception in the Parish Hall. Per her request, Stephanie's remains will be scattered at sea off the Palos Verdes Peninsula at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Cancer Society or Susan G. Komen for the Cure.
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