Remembering Stefan

Stef will forever hold a special place in each of our hearts. Below are just a few of the ways that Stef was remembered at his funeral service. Please leave a comment if you would like to share a memory of Stef for Sandi to post in a special scrapbook for his children. We say goodbye, with HOPE.

Sandi Tarapchak’s memorial speech from the funeral (HERE)

Troy Plant’s (Friend of Stef) letter to Stef (HERE)

Aaron Conrad’s (Friend of Stef) memorial speech from the funeral (HERE)

Jim Matson’s (Sandi’s brother) memorial speech from the funeral (HERE)

Slide show from funeral:

2 Responses

  1. Sandi,

    I have thought of two small things I wanted to share with you that you may or may not want to include in the kids’ scrapbook about Stefan. I may not have all the details exactly right, as your memory of them will be much sharper, so please fix them for me. The first one scans all the way back to our college years at Cedarville in Printy Hall. You and I were in the same suite along with Sharon and 5 other girls. You were having an especially difficult time because you and another gentleman you were dating had broken up, and I came in to comfort you as best I could. I think that it was a very short time after that, that you were set up on a blind date, and I remember talking with you after you got back. You had a sparkle in your eye and a confidence which I had not yet known that he was “the one.” That blind date was with Stefan. :) There were a few years after that of dating and ups-n-downs in your relationship, but you both stuck it out and worked through each issue. I was so privileged to be able to share your wedding day with you both! Your wedding and my moving to New England coincided, so my interactions with Stefan were few other than over the phone. He was always so friendly, so joyful, so upbeat and positive. I always enjoyed it when I did get to speak with him.

    The second tidbit is much smaller yet spoke volumes to me about your relationship. We were on the phone one time, and I don’t remember what we were talking about, but you said something like, “When I’m irritated and starting to get upset, Stef will pick up on it and make some wisecrack or do something which inevitably makes me laugh instead of get upset.” In other words, he was able to diffuse your emotions which is a real gift to have in a husband!

  2. The song, “With Hope” was the one my uncle sang at Sarah’s funeral. I realize that Stefan is in Heaven. Maybe he is looking out for Sarah until we all are reunited.

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