RIP: Stephanie Joy Weddel

It is with sadness that we announce the passing of Stephanie Joy Weddel — the wife of Glenn Weddel.

Our thoughts and prayers are with Glenn and his family.

Beloved and adored wife, mother, daughter, sister, aunt, and friend, Stephanie (Steph) Weddel passed away peacefully at home in the presence of family on January 9, 2024. She is survived by her loving husband, Glenn, their children: Donnie, Chloe, Lincoln, and Dexter; and a large extended family. Steph is predeceased by her father.

Steph was born on June 23, 1973, to Lloyd and Ollie Wilson, the youngest of five children: Sharon, Graham, Craig, Dawna, and Stephanie. She grew up in Uxbridge, Ontario, immersed in the family farm and auction business, and involved in school, church, and community activities. Steph attended the University of Guelph where she earned a degree in Childhood Studies.

Glenn and Steph were married on November 2, 1996, expanding her family circle with parents, Doug and Pat Weddel, and siblings: Lisa, Jen, and Phil.

Glenn and Steph built their life together with shared values of faith, family, adventure, hospitality, and generosity. Their home was always a hub of activity with Steph creating the environment for people to gather and enjoy time together. This became an additional joy for Steph when they bought Lily Island on Otter Lake, a place she loved to be with her family and friends. Steph’s faith and personal relationship with Jesus exhibited genuine joy and a heart filled with love for God and others. She had a special connection with children and youth, working as an Early Childhood Interventionist in York Region for several years. She was one of the founders of Precious Minds, serving families for more than two decades through this local charitable organization. Steph invested in young people through their church’s youth ministry and walked closely as a mentor with many women.

Steph continued to live and love well throughout her past year of illness, surgeries, and treatment. Even with a terminal prognosis, she chose to live each day with strength, grace, and joy; and she will always be remembered for her beautiful smile. Although she was hoping to live longer, Steph never complained about her situation, she continued to engage with people and events as able, and she jumped into the adventure with Glenn to travel as much as possible as a couple and with their children.

Donations in memory of Steph may be made to Precious Minds. Family & friends are invited to send condolences & special memories by visiting www.lowandlow.ca

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