Sunset Funeral Home and Memorial Gardens

8800 North Alpine Road, Machesney Park, IL


Mary Carmela Stephenson

9 October, 191918 May, 2020

Mary Carmela (nee LaFasto) Stephenson was born on October 9, 1919 in Rockford, IL, to Angelo and Carmela (nee Greco) LaFasto. Mary worked at National Lock for 35 years. She loved going on fishing trips with her husband, Mel and spending quality time with her family.

Mary is survived by her loving son, Dick (Jan) Alton; cherished grandsons, Todd Alton and Dr. Troy (Dr. Marmar Miar) Alton; adored grandchildren, Abby and Arria; dear sisters, Phylis (Joe) Montalbano and Sue Sabbe; many other family members and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, Angelo and Carmela LaFasto; husband, Leroy “Mel” Stephenson; father of her sons, Vergal Alton; son, Vergal Wayne Alton; brothers, Ray, Sam, and Frank LaFasto.

The family would like thank Northern Illinois Hospice and Chris Dougherty for the wonderful tender care given to Mary. Due to current health concerns there will be a Memorial Service held at a later date. Please visit www.sunsetfhmemgardens.com for updates as to when the service will take place.


  • Inurnment (Private)

    Tuesday, 26 May , 2020


Mary Carmela Stephenson

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Ed Anderson

23 May 2020

Dick, I`m so sorry for your loss. I have so many wonderful memory of your amazing mother It`s hard for me to pick just one. I`m going miss her lot.

Deb Patterson

22 May 2020

Mel and Mary used to go fishing in Wisconsin with my parents. (Chuck & Jeanne Engebretson). They always had such fun , rather they caught many fish or not! They always said that was the goal...catch fish, but I think is was just to spend time with Mel & Mary!! They enjoyed spending time with them, rather it was in Wisconsin fishing, or just getting together for evening out on the town.
Our parents have been gone for a while now,But I would try to call Mary , just to see how she was doing, and let her know that we had not forgotten her..I really enjoyed my talks with her, and I hope that I was able to bring some joy to her in her later years Love you Mary..Rest in Peace. Deb Patterson