Stephanie
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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  1. Bob & family, Please accept my deepest condolences for the lost of your daughter. I can not imagine the pain you now feel. I pray that God provides some comfort to you. Unfortunately, I never met your daughter, but her obituary testifies that she lived a full and rewarding life with many achievements and contributions. A life cut short in time, but one that is full of what we hope life brings. Your TRW colleague and friend,

  2. No words can describe the feelings I have at this moment. Your daughter was a very special soul. She shared her beauty, her wisdom and her special talent (Scottish Fiddling) with her classmates in the EdTech program at CSULB. You raised a beautiful young woman.

  3. As the pianist for the Scottish Fiddlers of Los Angeles, I have enjoyed making music with this beautiful, talented, kind young woman. We miss her; our ensemble won’t be the same without her. Our hearts grieve with yours in the inestimable loss of Stephanie. Thanks to her family for lending such a bright and lovely spirit to the arts, even if only for a while.

  4. Stephanie was a patient of mine when I worked as a nurse-practitioner at CSULB-SHS…and I remember her so well…Not just for her delightful personality…but, also for her musical talent in the group, “Antique Rainbow”…My husband and I went to many of their performances. We were so saddened to hear of her unexpected passing…and know she will be missed by so many. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

  5. Bob, As you know, I also suffered the loss of a daughter unexpectedly. I wish that experience would give me some words of wisdom to pass along to you and your wife but none seem to be forthcoming. What I can say from my own experience is that it never becomes easy but that time and prayer can make the loss a little more bearable. Mando and I truly share in your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your wife. May you find solace in each other and with the rest of your family. A former TRW colleague,

  6. I was Stephanie’s violin stand partner in high school. She was a dear friend and a wonderful person. I will miss her dearly! My thoughts and prayers are with her family. Love, Debra Vanderwerf (Fowler)

  7. We are truly sorry for such a loss. Stephanie was a beautiful and sweet child. It appears she grew up to be a daughter of which you can be very proud.

  8. To Stephanie’s family, I am so sorry for the loss of your beautiful girl. Stephanie was a great fiddler with the SFLA! She was always so sharp looking in her black outfits with her tartan. She was so encouraging to my daughter, Rose and they shared many laughs while playing. We had the fun of having Stephanie with us over in Scotland at Alasdair Fraser’s Skye camp several summers ago..and I have photos and video of her playing. She will be missed, and my Rose was so sad to hear of her passing. Sincerely, Susie Rodgers

  9. We were shocked and deeply saddened to hear of Stephie’s passing. Our 2 little ones loved her as a babysitter all those years ago, & I loved our lively conversations before she went home. We who were touched by Stephie’s sweet soul cherish her gifts, and will carry them with us into the future.

  10. I grew up with Stephanie as her older sister’s, Jenna’s, best friend. I met them soon after they returned from Kwajalein. Stephanie was a sweet and happy child with cute quirks like sleep walking. As a pre-teen I remember her eating a popsicle to playfully taunt us since we were teenagers watching our weight. Stephanie was also kind and generous and I can’t forget the ritz crackers she shared after a long, hungry day at the beach. As a young adult we worked for my mother catering and she was always reliable, professional and friendly…I very much admired her confidence and poise. I am so grateful I got the chance to know her. I wish peace and comfort to her family during this sad time.

  11. Bob – so very sorry to hear about your daughter. She sounds like a wonderful person. Words are not enough at this time so please know that you and your family are in my prayers…. God Bless

  12. I’m so sorry for the pain the loss of Stephanie brings to her family and all her loved ones. My heart is heavy. I was lucky to have met her in hospice training, to enjoy walks with she and Cooper, and to see her on her April visit to Seattle. Memories of her will help light the way ahead. I hope they help the family and other loved ones as well. It’s still unbelievable to me that she has left.

  13. I was so sadden when I heard that Stephanie had passed away. I remember going to each other’s birthday parties when we were younger playing the flour game with the ring. Also competing with her in sports. She always had a smile on her face and was always positive. To all the Africano’s you are in my prayers and I will be thinking about you on Saturday but know that you now having a smiling angel in heaven watching over you all!!!

  14. Bob, I don’t know what to say…I’m so sorry to hear about this. This is such sad news. I pray for you and your family. Always your friend, Patti

  15. I met Stephanie while working for Tomi Evans who did her surgery. She was one of the sweetest young women that we have ever had the pleasure of taking care of. We spoke many times of her loves and our dogs. I also had the opportunity of attending one of her fiddle concert. She was so kind to invite both Dr. Evans and myself to attend. It was my first Scottish fiddling experience and probably will be my last. I could not think of myself attending another one without crying. We will all miss Stephanie’s sweet voice and easy smile. She brought much joy to all she met. I told her on several occasions that if I had a daughter I would have envisioned her just like Stephanie. I meant that with all my heart.

  16. Dear Jane, Bob, Jenna, and Tim, We share your sorrow and grieve for you over the loss of your Steph. What wonderful memories we have of her sparkling smile and ready laughter. Know that our thoughts and prayers are with you all, and we send you so much love, Terry, Rob, and boys

  17. I am saddened for the young children who will not have the chance to experience Stephanie’s gentle yet exciting nature, caring love, and exploring mind.

  18. Dear Jane and Bob, We are past members of St. Francis and recall your lovely family. We are deeply saddened to learn of Stephanie’s passing, and hope that the many happy memories you of her have will help heal your sorrowful hearts.

  19. Hello. I have never met your dear Stephanie, but after just reading her notice in The Beach Reporter I felt compelled to send my deepest heartfelt sympathies. I experienced a similar life-altering tragedy back in December: my little sister Carrie, 45, literally the picture of health, died within two weeks of a mysterious brutal lung cancer. Watching my parents say their good-byes was an experience beyond words, as you now know. God is there for all of you … and as Carrie’s nurse reminded our family, all of you are there for each other. Stephanie was simply a magnificent human being who left a powerful legacy … I know how much you will miss her! All my best. SG

  20. Bob and Jane and family, I’m so terribly sorry for this unfair loss in your lives. May you find strength. with deepest sympathy, Arthur

  21. Dear Bob and Jane, I am so sorry about the loss of your daughter, Stephanie. It is impossible for me to know your feeling of losing a child. I am praying for you and your family. I know Stepanie is in a better place now. Take care of yourselves and your family. Jerry Klayman

  22. Dear Jane and Bob,we send our condolences to you over the loss of your beautiful daughter Stephanie. We remember meeting her at one of the RUHS ’57 reunions. We were members of St. Francis. We went to your wedding, and we have known Jane since Malaga Cove days. May God’s love surround you both. Love, George and Rosemary

  23. I did not know Stephanie, but I received her paperwork when she applied to Cal State Dominguez Hills. I remember seeing the pictures she submitted and honestly thinking she was going to make a great Special Education teacher. My condolences to everyone who knew her. She seemed like she was an amazing woman. May she rest in peace.

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