Stefanie Norma Stephens (nee Novak), born Feb. 20, 1937, passed away peacefully Sept. 27 in Chicago, with her son Darren at her side. She was 81. Born in Barberton, Ohio, Stefanie went to Barberton High School and then to Akron University, where she later completed a Bachelor of Arts in Theater. After marrying Richard Stephens, she moved with him to his hometown of St. Joseph, where she had two children. Stefanie was a librarian for most of her working life, including as a children’s librarian in St. Joseph, Missouri and as a business librarian for branches of Andersen Consulting in Phoenix, Arizona and Chicago, Illinois. Her last job, of which she was very proud, was coordinator of interlibrary loan at the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago. Stefanie cared for many cat companions throughout her life and donated to animal charities. She passed on to her children her love of reading and the arts. Gone before her are her parents, Frank and Inez (Wunderlich) Novak and aunt Floy (Wunderlich) Rohn and cousin Sharon (Rohn) Bird. Left to remember her are sons Darren of Chicago, Illinois and Sheldon of Parkville, Montana; her cousins Audrey (Rohn) Myers of Norton, and Ruth Wilson of Albuquerque, New Mexico, and the friends she made over her many years in the Chicago area.