January 31, 1930 - January 5, 2022
Judith May Stepp (nee Lanfear) Born: January 31, 1930 Deceased: January 5, 2022 Our beloved Judy is in the company of angels. She passed, peacefully and surrounded by her children, on January 5 in the warm embrace of her home. We were blessed to share Judy’s life of 91 years. She was the steady hand on the tiller of a large, loving and admittedly loud brood of nine children, 19 grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren. Born in Bay City, Mich., on January 31, 1930, Judy met John Stepowski while they were both working at the J.L. Hudson department store in Detroit. The iron-willed Judy had found her soulmate in the gentle mannered John. They raised their children in a close-knit neighborhood in Warren, Mich., making many lifelong friendships. Road trips in the notoriously unreliable station wagon, to the family cottage in Harrisville and beyond, were the stuff of legends. Beach stones had a way of disappearing when the Stepps were around. After their kids left the nest, John and his cherished “Jud” moved to Rochester Hills. It was there, in a house brimming with joyous children and “happy” adults, that Judy hosted epic Christmas Eve gatherings that lasted into the wee hours. So giving was her nature that it took two rooms, and two Christmas trees, to accommodate all the happy surprises. An industrious, hard-working and profoundly faithful woman, Judy was a schoolgirl when she took her first job in the parish office at St. Benedict School in Highland Park, Mich. She later enjoyed a long tenure at the Knights of Columbus/Bishop Murphy Credit Union in Warren before embarking on a real estate career. She was a devout Roman Catholic, practicing her faith at St. Andrew’s and St. Mary’s of the Hills churches and following the teachings of Capuchin wonderworker Father Solanus Casey. It was not uncommon to get a vial of “Father Solanus oil” from Judy if you were in a tough spot. When not consumed with the always challenging task of parenting five girls and four boys – she was a prolific porch-light-flipper if the goodnight kiss went on too long -- Judy enjoyed reading, golf and leisurely afternoons at one of the family cottages in Caseville. Judy is pre-deceased by husband John, parents Marie and Harold Lanfear, son-in-law Vincent Marinelli, granddaughter Ashley Stepp, brothers Harold, Terry, Carl, and Dennis; sisters Gerry Meissner, Pat Prager and Joann Monti. She is survived by siblings Michael Lanfear (Joanie), Kay Kelly, Jane Lamb (David); children Marcie Smartt (Larry), Susan Marinelli, John Stepp (Debbie), Peggy Stepp, Nancy Beneteau (Marty), Judy Dwyer (Mark), Michael Stepp (Patricia), Jimmy Stepp (Maria), David Stepp (Marie); grandchildren Katie, Laura, Peter, Allison, Chris, Emily, Jacob, Zachary, Michael, Megan, Molly, Ellen, Nicko, Marianna, John Anthony, Giovanna, Calise and Karlin, and 13 great grandchildren. Heartfelt thanks to Becky LaRocca, Judy’s care giver of more than eight years, and the palliative staff at Hospice of Michigan. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Hospice of Michigan at www.hom.org, the Alzheimer’s Association at www.alz.org or the Solanus Casey Center at www.solanuscenter.org are encouraged. A mass in celebration of Judy’s life will be held at St. Mary’s of the Hills, 2675 John R, Rochester Hills, on Saturday, January 8. Visitation at 10 a.m. will be followed by a service at 11 a.m. A livestream is available via www.smoth.org during the service.
Judith May Stepp (nee Lanfear) Born: January 31, 1930 Deceased: January 5, 2022 Our beloved Judy is in the company of angels. She passed, peacefully and surrounded by her children, on January 5 in the warm embrace of her home. We were blessed... View Obituary & Service Information
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Judith May Stepp (nee Lanfear)
Born: January 31, 1930
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