June 23, 1955 – March 5, 2022

Kathleen Stefanko Dean, age 66, passed away March 5, 2022, in Colorado Springs, Colorado. She was born June 23, 1955, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to Thomas N. and Elizabeth (Kaesmeier) Stefanko.

She graduated from North Hills High School in Pittsburgh, attained a Bachelor of Science degree from Allegheny College in Meadville, PA and a Master of Science degree in Medical Genetics from Indiana University. Later in life, she returned to school for art degrees and took courses at Herron School of Art and Design in Indianapolis and at the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, NM.

She resided in Colorado Springs since 2016 and formerly resided in Indianapolis, Indiana, Burlington, Vermont and Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Kathleen worked as an actuarial associate for State Life Insurance Company and Beckley & Associates in Indianapolis as well as Vermont Life in Montpelier, Vermont. She also worked as a software tester at IBM in Rochester, Minnesota. She was a talented artist in many mediums, but especially in watercolor. She was also very involved with vocal performance with several musical groups including the Indianapolis Symphonic Choir, the Colorado Springs Chorale, and the Vermont Symphonic Choir.

She is survived by her two daughters, Stefanie and Carly Dean, and her brother, Bruce Stefanko.  She was preceded in death by her parents.

A private family memorial service will be held at a later date.

Memorial contributions may be made in Kathleen’s memory to:



Indianapolis Symphonic Choir office:

(317) 940-9057 or development@indychoir.org to make a donation.

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This Obituary Has 5 Condolences

  1. I offer my heartfelt condolences to the family. May you be comforted by your fond memories of Kathleen.

  2. I am a high school friend of your Mom. Through all the years we always made a point of keeping in touch. I regard Kathy as an amazing person whose life was well-lived. She made challenges into adventures. Her talents were to be admired. Your Mom had a love for music, art, travel, and animals, but what she treasured most was her girls. She was so proud of you!
    I am sorry we lost Kathy too soon.
    Heartfelt Smpathy,
    Pattie Gamrat

  3. My heartfelt sympathy to Kathy’s family. She was a brilliant, talented soul who left this world way too soon. May she Rest In Peace.

  4. I had the pleasure of being in the Indianapolis Symphonic Choir with Kathy for several years. My sincere condolences.

  5. Kathy and I were classmates at the Medical Genetics department at Indiana University. She was an amazingly talented and brilliant individual. I have many fond memories of our time together in grad school and she will be sorely missed. My condolences to Kathy’s family.

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