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Stephanie P. Waletzko – Obituary

Name: Stephanie P. Waletzko

Age: 26

Born: 06-15-1994

Died: 10-14-2020

St. Joseph's Catholic Church, Waite Park, Minnesota

St. Joseph's Catholic Church, Waite Park, Minnesota

A Memorial Mass of Christian Burial celebrating the life of Stephanie Patricia Waletzko, of Fargo, North Dakota will be at 11:00am on Thursday, October 22 at St. Joseph’s Church in Waite Park. Stephanie died unexpectedly on October 14, 2020 from a Pulmonary Embolism at the age of 26. Reverend Timothy Gapinski will officiate. Interment will be in the parish cemetery.

Visitation will be from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, and after 10:00am on Thursday both in St. Joseph’s Parish in Waite Park, MN.

Stephanie was born in St. Cloud, MN on June 15, 1994. She attended St. Joseph’s Elementary School in Waite Park, graduated from Cathedral High School in 2012 and then attended St. Cloud State University where she graduated Magna Cum Laude with degrees in Biomedical Sciences, Chemistry, Biomechanics and Psychology. Stephanie was in her 4th year of her PhD studies in Exercise Science and Nutrition at North Dakota State University.  She had completed and passed her comprehensive exams and was on track to start her dissertation research in Fall 2020 when the COVID -19 pandemic stopped her ability to collect data.  She was continuing her education and planned to start her data collection in Fall 2021.  She was working on numerous publications that she had data from during the 2020-2021 school year, and was planning on gaining additional teaching experience during the year.  She had earned her College Teaching Certificate and her Statistics Certificate.  She had numerous publications and presentations at national, regional, and local meetings, and was planning to do more. Stephanie was a well-respected graduate student, well-liked among her graduate student peers, and was on her way to be a quality professional in the Exercise Science world. She was a mentor to many student-athletes during her time as a graduate assistant, she had that natural connection as a former athlete and a passionate and caring soul. She was a valuable contributor to Athletic Academics and a friend to all. She was a rising star in everything she did in life.

It was always Stephanie’s wish to help others. In keeping with Stephanie’s commitment to generosity, LifeSource has assured us her gift of organ donation will give several others the precious gift of life. In her short lifetime she had already donated her hair to allow children with cancer to receive free wigs and was a routine blood donor.

Stephanie lived life to the fullest. Her faith was the most important piece of her life. Her positive attributes are numerous. However, she will be most remembered for her incredibly strong faith, love of family, intelligence, generosity, and terrific sense of humor.

Stephanie is survived by her parents Tom and Patty Waletzko; her brother John, sister Jennifer & (Ben) Johnson, and nieces Aysa & McKinley and nephew Tate. She is preceded in death by her grandfather John “Bud” Streitz & Uncle Jim Mueller.

In lieu of flowers, the family prefers donations to the Stephanie Waletzko Memorial Scholarship for Exercise Science at North Dakota State University. Donations by mail: NDSU Foundation c/o Stephanie Waletzko Memorial Scholarship, PO Box 5144 Fargo, ND 58105 or online at https://www.ndsufoundation.com/give/waletzkomemorial

A heartfelt thank you to our family and friends for their love, prayers and support during this time.

The memorial service will be livestreamed at https://youtu.be/pQN08uAV9wo

Guestbook for Stephanie P. Waletzko

Marie Meyer
October 23, 2020, 12:12 am
I'm so sorry for your loss. I pray for healing for your hearts.
Gerald Bulisco
, Family Friend
October 22, 2020, 6:50 pm
Patty, Jen and Family, Please know that our thoughts and prayers have been with you and your family these past few days. Our deepest condolences. Jerry and Karen Bulisco
Bobbi Murphy
, SCSU Career Center
October 22, 2020, 4:18 pm
I was so sorry to learn of Stephanie’s passing. What a blessing she was to everyone who knew her. I too was blessed to have known her, even for a very short time. I’m so very sorry.
Jeff & Kim Hoffman
October 19, 2020, 10:37 pm
Tom, Patty and family it's with so much sadness I'm writing this, We feel so much sadness in hearing about Stephanie. When we would be able to join you at family gatherings I will always remember that beautiful bright smile she shared with all of us. She was so beautiful and caring. My heart breaks for all of you, We are sending prayers and love to all of you.
Bailee Catherine Sawyer
, friend/classmate at NDSU
October 19, 2020, 6:12 pm
Waletzko family - I was overwhelmed with sadness when I heard of Stephanie's passing. She was one of my first friends in our cohort for the PhD program. I was so very blessed by her friendship and willingness to love people in a BIG way. I can recall countless hours we spent at Starbucks working and researching together. Stephanie always reached on when it mattered most. I will always appreciate her Chicken and Wild Rice soup and her constant support. Her life was an example of her faith and I continue to pray that I continue to honor her in my walk. She will be missed deeply and her legacy will continue to carry on. Continued prayers during this time of Steph's life celebration.
Kyle Hackney
, Professor at NDSU
October 19, 2020, 3:51 pm
Dear friends and family. Our hearts are broken with this news. Steph was kind, enthusiastic, and full of positive energy. She was preparing to do great things and I am at a loss of words with this tragedy. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.
Colleen Heimstead
, Co-worker
October 19, 2020, 3:42 pm
Steph was a light in Bison Athletics. She is now an even brighter light shining down on all the world. Praying for your peace & comfort.
Drew Davis
, Co-Worker
October 19, 2020, 3:12 pm
Steph made an immediate impact on all those she came upon here at NDSU. Always willing to say hello and greet you with a smile. She will forever be missed and remembered here in Fargo. The Waletzko Family will be in all our our thoughts and prayers!
don krueger
, schoolmate
October 19, 2020, 12:23 am
She was so Honest, Intelligent, Talent and Beautiful. Wife & I will miss her.
Jon and Alissa Rivers
, Cousin
October 18, 2020, 9:20 pm
Waletzko Family - We are so sorry to hear of your loss. Stephanie was such an accomplished individual! She continually impressed us with her latest endeavors. She will be missed by so many! You are in our thoughts and prayers. Please let us know if there is anything we can do to help during this difficult time. With Sympathy and Love, Jon and Alissa
Adory Beutel
, Family friend
October 17, 2020, 9:55 pm
Dear Family and Friends of Stephanie, Your loss can’t be measured, and my heart is heavy for you at this time of deep mourning. May God send his loving grace to surround you all in his embrace as I know he has embraced Stephanie’s bright spirit with his love. Please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers as you daily miss her wisdom, cheer, and love. I like to think of Bear greeting her joyously when she arrived in her Heavenly home.
Adory & Buck Beutel
, Close family friends
October 17, 2020, 9:48 pm
Dear Patty,Tom and family: We love you I only know to say: “ We are so, so very SORRY for this beautiful daughter who has passed so suddenly and the loss in your hearts and the pain you must be feeling, know WE ARE HERE FOR YOU ALWAYS!! May GODS LOVE SURROUND YOU AND YOUR FAMILY during this difficult time!!
Paul and Jennifer Harris
, Fellow CHS family
October 17, 2020, 8:21 pm
Our deepest sympathies to the Waletzko family on the loss of their beloved Stephanie. What an accomplished young woman. The world will miss her. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this trying time.

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