~~Stefani O. Larsen (nee: Johnson), 77, of Union, formerly of Staten Island and Bay Ridge. Born in Manhattan, Stefani was raised in Brooklyn, where she attended McKinley Junior High School and Fort Hamilton High School. She graduated from Brooklyn College, where she was a member of Kappa Delta, with a Bachelor’s degree in English. She went on to earn her Master’s degree in education from Wagner College in Staten Island. Stefani, a long time substitute teacher in the New York City School systems, also earned her New Jersey Real Estate License.
Mrs. Larsen was an active volunteer at St. Clare’s Church on Staten Island. Her 25 yearlong dedication as a volunteer with the Carmel Richmond Nursing Home, also in Staten Island, earned her a citation from the President of the United States. She was an active parishioner at St. James the Apostle Church in Springfield, where she volunteered at the Rectory and many events. Mrs. Larsen also enjoyed arts and crafts, music and singing. She enjoyed gardening, sharing secret gardens with her grandchildren, and creating joy filled Easter egg hunts for the grandchildren, as well as countless other holiday parties. For decades she also enjoyed hosting card parties with her friends.
What Stefani loved most was her family. She is survived by her husband of 59 years, Carl; daughters Kerstin Marie Larsen (Vincent Alfieri), Wendy Elizabeth Larsen, Randi Larsen Casey (Richard) and Kari Larsen; grandchildren Cara Scotto Berg (Philip), Daniel Scotto (Katherine Wu), Katie Scotto, Emily Scotto, Drew Casey, Charlotte Ronan, Meredith Ronan, Lilah Ronan and Natalie Ronan. She was predeceased by her grandson Eric Casey. Stefani is also survived by her brother August W. Johnson (Dale) and will be missed by brothers and sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Wednesday, April 5, 2017 at 10am at St. James the Apostle Church, 45 S. Springfield Ave., Springfield. Entombment will follow at St. Teresa Cemetery, Summit. There will be a visitation on Tuesday from 2-4 & 7-9pm at the Bradley, Haeberle & Barth Funeral Home, 1100 Pine Ave., Union.