Valeria B. Stephany
Valeria B. Stephany, age 90 of Fond du Lac, passed
away on January 27, 2020 at St. Francis Home surrounded by her family. She was
born November 28, 1929 on Thanksgiving Day in Jericho, WI ,daughter of Leo and
Augusta (Freund) Buechel.
She attended Holy Trinity School in Jericho
graduating in 1943, graduated from Chilton High School in 1947, and graduated
from Business Institute College in Milwaukee in 1948. After graduation, Valeria
was employed at Milwaukee Electric Tool Corp. and Giddings and Lewis until her
On May 5, 1951 she married Richard Stephany at Holy
Trinity Church in Jericho. They resided in Johnsburg on the homestead until
moving to North Fond du Lac in 1956. She was employed at Bestt Rollr and the Soo
Line RR. In 1987, they moved to their retirement home in Amberg, WI until
returning to Fond du Lac to be with their children in 2005.
In 2005, Valeria, Connie Huebschman and Kathy
Schumacher organized “Mary’s Helping Hands” quilting and craft club at
Presentation Church in North Fond du Lac and was active for almost 10 years.
She enjoyed playing cards and games, polka dancing,
cleaning hickory nuts, and always had a puzzle on the table. Valeria also enjoyed
Brewers, Packers, Badgers and bird watching especially cardinals, finches and woodpeckers.
Surviving are her children, Janet Stephany and Geri
(Pat) Koepke of Fond du Lac, Pat (Brenda) Stephany of Pierre, SD, Ken (Sandy)
Stephany of New Holstein, Chuck Stephany of Malone; 10 grandchildren, 7 great
grandchildren and 1 great grandchild coming in May.
Valeria is further survived by sister Clarinda
(Lloyd) Meyer, brother Eldred Buechel, sister-in-law Mary Abler, special
friends, Cindy Entringer and Joanne Stephany, relatives, and friends from up
Preceding Valeria in death were her husband Richard,
her daughter Sandra, her parents, sisters Minerva (Leo) Albert, Elvira (Bruno)
Kraus, Cleora (Bobby) Nett, and brother Elmer (Verna) Buechel.
SERVICES: Friends and relatives are welcome to
Zacherl Funeral Home, 875 E. Division Street, Fond du Lac, on Friday, January
31, 2020 for a time of visitation from 10:00 AM to Noon, followed by a Liturgy
of the Word at the funeral home at Noon, with Deacon Ricardo Munoz presiding.
Entombment will take place at Chapel of the Risen Christ – Calvary Mausoleum.
In lieu of flowers, Valeria’s wishes were that
memorials be given to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, St. Agnes Hospice Hope or
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