OBITUARY

Stefanie Maria Johanes

10 July, 195619 October, 2020
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Stefanie Maria Johanes was born on July 10, 1956 and passed away on October 19, 2020 and is under the care of Crawford-Bowers Funeral Home.

Memorial Service will be held on November 2, 2020 at 2:00 pm at Crawford-Bowers Funeral Home, 3220 South 31st Street, Temple, Texas.

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Heike Newton

1 November 2020

The first time I did meet Stefanie was in 1984 we both lived in Pershingpark Ford Hood one the same street. We shared so many laughs and stories over a cup of coffee.
Vicky and Steven ,I'm so sorry about your lost and my heart goes out for you.
I don't know if you remember me ! Maybe you remember my kids Janina and BJ. Condolence from all of us, you all be in our hearts and prayers.


Amanda Eads

30 October 2020

My heart aches for y'all. I don't remember the Stephanie from this biography, but I have so many other memories of her... I can still hear her voice in my head even though I hadn't seen her in years. You all will remain in my prayers as you go through this next stage.

Betsy Eads

27 October 2020

So many memories of your Mom and Dad from when we lived on Ft Hood.
Sending thoughts and prayers for Vicky and Steven whom I've known since Steven was in diapers and Vicky not too much older.
Having lost both of your parents I know the emptiness you feel and wish that you both hold close your memories as they help get you through each day.
Hugs to you both.
Betsy Eads

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Biography

      Stefanie Maria Johanes was a natural leader whose winning presence allowed her to take control of various situations with ease. Equipped with a clear and calculating focus, she possessed a tough-minded, “take charge” attitude. She had the ability to make even routine situations seem exciting, and she was at ease with the role of playing problem solver. Stefanie always sought out the scene of where the action was. Sociable, analytical and pleasant, Stefanie was an individual who enjoyed life’s challenges.

      Stefanie was born on July 10, 1956 at Germany in Dahn, Pirmasens. Her parents were Rafal Wawrzyniak and Jolande Wawrzyniak. Stefanie was raised in Germany. Always able to express herself well, Stefanie possessed strong interpersonal skills. She was optimistic in her outlook on life and was able at all times to be open and direct in her communication. Armed with a great wit, Stefanie was raised to be accepting of others and to implement a strong personal work ethic.

      Blessed with a balanced attitude, Stefanie was able to relate well with others. Her occasional role as family mediator gave her the opportunity to ease tense situations when they occurred. Stefanie was raised with one sibiling, Tony Wawrzyniak. She had one younger brother, Toni Wawrzyniak. Stefanie had a strong desire to be treated fairly and would readily offer others the same fairness in return.

      As a young child, Stefanie showed her creative ability in many ways. She was outgoing and animated. Stefanie enjoyed new activities and pursued a variety of interests. She took part in when she was a child she enjoyed riding her bicycle. She was a she was in choir. In her spare time she liked playing with her friends outside. Stefanie's memorable achievements include.

      Known to others as a focused, logical, open-minded and somewhat driven individual, Stefanie was able to utilize these qualities to succeed in high school. Her curious nature was spurred by her ability to maximize her personal learning style through employing a hands-on approach. She was good with facts and had an excellent memory. She enjoyed some courses more than others, having favorite classes and teachers.

      Friends and acquaintances found Stefanie an easy woman to get to know, and those close to her would often praise her open, practical style of communication and relaxed approach to life in general. Stefanie was uncomplicated and straightforward in her relationships, which allowed her to accept people for what they were. While growing up, some of her best friends were Anya, Andrea, Besty, Bea. Later in life, she became friends with Lilly and Gary.

      On November 8, 1979 Stefanie exchanged wedding vows with Nappy Nelbert Johanes at the Copenhagen, Denmark of Nappy Helbert Johanes. Stefanie was attentive to three children, Patrick, Victoria and Steven's feelings, and she charmed three children, Patrick, Victoria and Steven and others with her gift for being able to give freely and generously. A good listener with an engaging personality, Stefanie was able to bring pleasure and unexpected humor to the relationship.

      Very much like a kid herself, Stefanie identified with the inquisitive and creative side of her children’s personalities. She was able to direct her energy and spontaneity towards helping her children acquire added common sense skills. Stefanie was blessed with three, one daughter, Victoria and two sons, Patrick and Steven. They were also blessed with 6 grandchildren, Fabian, Marcey, Kimberly, Vanessa Elilah and Julian.

      Stefanie was a flexible worker who was able to draw the best from others around her. A persuasive individual who was quick to make necessary decisions, Stefanie’s strengths included being able to think on her feet. She could be a leader who sought impact for her decisions. Gifted with an incredible ability to read body language, Stefanie was able to positively manipulate situations and motivate others in order to get a task completed. She was a good negotiator who enjoyed new challenges. Stefanie could multi-task, and she was endowed with entrepreneurial spirit, allowing her to think beyond standard norms when it came to resolving issues in her work environment. Her primary occupation was hospitality. She was employed for Killeen ISD until she retired and then worked for Ryan's Steak House.

      Stefanie held close traditional values and as a result, faith was important to her. She was a member of St. Joeph's Catholic Church, Killeen, Texas. During that time, she just participated in going to serve God.

      Travel and vacations were experiences that Stefanie truly enjoyed. She preferred to seek out excitement wherever she went and she was partial to vacations that were casual and laid back with an atmosphere of “live and let live.” She was willing to leave her plans open and flexible, just in case something more interesting came along. Favorite vacations included Clearwater, Florida and San Antonio, Texas.

      Stefanie was a lover of animals and cherished her pets. One of Stefanie’s favorites was Peanut, a chihuahua mix and Sheba a German Shepard. They were best friends for Peanut 7 years and Sheba 1 year. Her family was rounded out by her another cat named Mittens.

      When Stefanie’s retirement finally came in 2006, she was well prepared. She used logical analysis of her retirement options in order to ensure her retirement would be fulfilling. Still, she was able to easily adapt to possible changes and enjoyed just having fun and being relaxed. Her new life involved relocating to Temple, Texas to change location. In retirement, she found new pleasure in going out no matter where. She wanted to spend time in anything no matter what it was.

      Stefanie passed away on October 19, 2020 at Cornerstone Specialty Hospital, Round Rock, Texas. She fought a brave battle aganist pancreatic cancer and a massive stroke. She is survived by her olderst son, Patrick Paul, her second oldest daugher, Victoria, youngest son, Steven and her brother Tony. Services were held at Crawford-Bowers Funeral Home, Temple, Texas. She will be cremated to be with us no matter where we go. Her wishes were to be cremated and go where her kids go.

      Stefanie was the kind of person who could win others over easily. A concrete communicator, she relied on her senses to increase her involvement and awareness of others. She was always able to provide amusing repartee to her friends and acquaintances, offering a seemingly endless supply of quips, anecdotes, jokes and stories. If Stefanie had a theme song written about her, it might well have been “Don’t Worry, Be Happy.” She enjoyed her life and the experience of living it. This is how everyone will remember Stefanie Maria Johanes.

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