Stacey K. Faile

April 5, 1978May 13, 2021

Stacey Katherine Faile (nee Foote), age 43, of Fairview Park, passed away peacefully on Thursday, May 13, 2021, at Fairview Hospital of Cleveland while under the care of Cleveland Clinic Hospice. She was surrounded by her loving husband and immediate family.

A Celebration of Life will be held on June 5, 2021 at the Donauschwaben German-American Cultural Center, 7370 Columbia Rd, Olmsted Township.

The family will receive family and friends from 2 until 6 pm. Casual or business casual attire requested.

Stacey was born on April 5, 1978 in Akron. She is a 1996 graduate of Cuyahoga Heights High School and 2000 graduate of The University of Toledo with a BS in Civil Engineering. She became an Ohio certified Professional Engineer in 2006 and was a MS Candidate in Water Resources Engineering at Cleveland State University. Stacey worked for OHM Advisors as the Northeast Ohio lead of their Environmental & Water Resources Group and previously as a Project Engineer for AECOM and Metcalf & Eddy.

Stacey had an infectious personality, a passion for life, and endless positive energy. She loved to socialize, play volleyball, hike, bike, exercise, animals, natural health, local foods, and more than anything to vacation. Her favorite thing was relaxing on a beach.

She is survived by her Devoted Husband Mike; Parents Ed & Carol (nee Smolik) Foote, Parent-in-laws Bob & Diane (nee Rohm) Faile; Grandma Kathleen (nee Spring) (Herbert, deceased) Foote; Siblings Nicki (Clint) Kaptur, Vanessa Foote, and Bradley (Britney) Foote; Sibling-in-laws Steve (Margaret) Faile and Tiffany (nee Faile) (Gary) Harrington. She is also survived by her Nieces and Nephews William Kaptur; Dessiray, Alisha & Jacob Barylak; Alessandra, Joshua, & Jared Faile; Cayden & Dillon Welsh, John & Isaiah Bowman; as well as a plethora of additional loving family and friends.

She was preceded in death by her Grandparents John & Beverly (nee, Fiala) Smolik and Herbert Foote.

In lieu of flowers or gifts, donations may be made in memory of Stacey K. Faile to the Cleveland Metroparks' Rivers & Lakes Fund or Rocky River Reservation Enhancement Fund or to Tinker's Creek Watershed Partners which is an organization in which she was involved.

Fond memories may be shared below.


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Judy Svadba

June 5, 2021

I met Stacey through a mutual friend, Linda, and whenever we saw each other it was Always Fun Fun Fun with Stacey. I was honored to have Stacey, Mike, Linda and Jack fly down to Houston when I lived there and we all went to a Browns vs Texans game. We had such a Great time. The whole time they stayed with me it was non stop Fun. When I received the news about Stacey I couldn’t believe, it just didn’t seem real. I Honor Her Decision which I’m sure was hard though she did what she wanted. I Will Miss Her & Her Wonderful Laugh!

Paul Cote

June 5, 2021

I just thought I heard Stacey say: “I’d like to play (volleyball) 2’s again, if I can find someone who will play with me!” I met Stacey at a Cleveland Sport and Social Club happy hour at Shooters somewhere around 1998 or 1999. Fast forward to 2013 and Stacey had built a reputation as a great volleyball player. Stacey had “retired” from volleyball, I think, after an achillis or some other Foote injury sidelined her from the game. I was standing opposite Stacey, in a circle of maybe ten VB pals, on the back patio at Hoopples and “Otis and The Shoreway Saints” were playing… It was one of those rare VB “family reunions”, when the players you knew, or at least recognized from other leagues, traded in their “sweaty-sandy” VB look for “evening-out-in-CLE”. Everywhere you looked was a volleyball acquaintance or four, hanging out on a perfect Summer evening. Our group was near the door leading from the bar to the patio, so we could sort-of hear each other speak. I still wasn’t sure I heard what I thought I heard Stacey say, but I wasn’t going to pass up this opportunity! I raised my hand and told her: “I’ll play!!!” Stacey was gracious enough to accept my offer and we formed “Team RED” in 2013. RED was an acronym for “Retired, Extremely Dangerous” :-)

Janelle Hibler

June 1, 2021

I am still in disbelief that such a vibrant, enthusiastic, absolutely light of a person can be gone so soon. I knew Stacey as a colleague at OHM Advisors; you could feel her positive energy and she had the innate ability to make you smile and feel lighter just by being in her presence. She was such a positive force!

I'm so very sorry to hear of her passing, and send her dear husband and family strength during this unbearable time. My thoughts are with you all.

Angela Buchwald

May 24, 2021

I can’t express into words how broken my heart is for Mike and the entire Foote family. Stacey was taken far too soon.

I have known her since I was a young girl and remember being so inspired by her. She was not only top of her class in high school and a star volleyball player but also beautiful and kind.

After Vanessa and I finished college Stacey invited us to play volleyball down at Whiskey Island. She was so welcoming to us in that group and it turned into many great summer nights. I always loved hanging out with her there or anywhere! She was so happy, positive and fun to be with!! I can think of so many weddings & trips too. She was always enjoying life!

I will always remember her laugh, smile, love for travel and for life. She was a beautiful person inside and out. I will continue to be inspired by her and the mark she has left. Thinking of you all 💗🙏🏻

Julia Lazar

May 24, 2021

Stacey was such a wonderful friend and supporter to others. We met at a water conference and stayed in touch. She loved to plan events and gather a group for fun and professional gatherings. I am just so sad to hear of this loss for her family and for our community. Stacey, you meant so much to so many of us!

Jim Van Cise

May 24, 2021

I could not help but admire someone who wasn’t 25 yet who was so well connected in the volleyball community. I feel so fortunate to have known Stacey.

I misdialed her number once before it was in my contacts. Whoever answered was very rude and I instantly knew I was not talking to Stacey. That was her gift. She was always up for a chat and she always took an interest in whatever I was doing. I witnessed a moment at sand volleyball one night when these two young bucks visited only to watch her play and then tried to recruit Stacey to their team in some other league. Stacey let them down gently. It was apparent then that Stacey wanted a high level of competition, but she valued the quality of the friends she made organically versus competitively within that scene most of all. My deepest sympathies.

Stephanie Johnson

May 24, 2021

I met Stacey working at OHM and although we only worked together for a short time, we became fast friends and always kept in touch. She was so easy to talk to, caring, honest, and fun to be around. She had such a positive energy and always saw the bright side even in tough situations. It is a true loss for the engineering community. Her presence will be greatly missed at conferences and Ohio women in water networking events. My love and condolences go out to Mike and all of Stacey's family.

Nora Leahy

May 23, 2021

I will always love the story of how we met Stacey and Mike. My husband (then fiancé) and I were having drinks at Terrestrial Brewery about two weeks before our wedding. We asked Stacey if she could take our picture. Stacey mentioned that they were waiting for a table to open up, so we invited them to join us. What started with small talk ended up turning into about four hours of laughter, stories, and us getting to know these fantastic people. Elliott and I looked at each other and had a little spousal telepathic conversation, and we knew then and there that we wanted them to come to our wedding. We had two seats open at what we called the “fun table”- perfectly fitting! Our friends loved getting to know them as much as we did. As I’m sure many others will, this is always how I will choose to remember Stacey- fun, kind, spontaneous, and friendly. I can’t believe this beautiful soul is gone so young. Thank you for touching our lives, like you have so many others.

Donna Cantrell

May 22, 2021

I was floored with the news of Stacey’s passing. My sincere condolences for Mike and their families. I’m at a loss for words. She was truly a beautiful woman inside and out. We would always gravitate towards each other and shared our stories of life whenever we were out with the crowds in the Cle scene which back in the day was quite often. I’ll always remember her raspy voice and cute laugh. Mike, I’m praying for you and your family that you and they are consoled by our Lord.

Melissa Vlasak

May 21, 2021

And a photo from Walnut Wednesday, in downtown Cleveland. xoxo, Meliss