Stephanie Rae Lamatsch, age 50, a resident of Elbert, Colorado since 2006. As a dedicated Air Force wife she followed her husband from her home town in Beavercreek , Ohio, to San Antonio, Texas; Coon Rapids, Minnesota; Colorado Springs, Colorado and finally Elbert, Colorado. Stephanie passed away peacefully on Wednesday, September 12, 2012 at the Pikes Peak Hospice Residence after a courageous battle against melanoma. She was a loving wife, mother, daughter, and sister who enjoyed her many years of service with her fellow lunch ladies in the D49 School District.
Stephanie Rae Smith was born on December 25, 1961 in Akron, Ohio to Tim and Judy Smith. She was a 1980 graduate of Beavercreek High School in Beavercreek, Ohio. She attended college at Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio. She was a high school band mother who was active in the Sand Creek High School Marching Band Boosters as well as the Wright-Patterson Air Force Base Rugby Club where she met her future husband. She loved her music, partying with her girlfriends and caring for her affectionate cats.
She married Peter Jacob Lamatsch on March 28, 1987 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio.
She is survived by her husband, Major Peter J. Lamatsch, USAF (Ret.) of Elbert; her son: Aaron M. Lamatsch of Elbert; her parents: Tim and Judy Smith of Beavercreek; her sister: Cindy (Jim) Ballmann of Beavercreek; and her niece Ashley Ballmann of Beavercreek. She was preceded in death by her sister, Stacey Smith.
A celebration of her life will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, September 18, 2012 at the Shrine of Remembrance “America the Beautiful” Chapel. A reception will follow at the Olympian Plaza Reception and Event Center, 975 South Union Boulevard. Private interment will be at the Fort Logan National Cemetery Columbarium in Denver.
Memorials in Stephanie’s name may be made to the Pikes Peak Hospice Foundation, the Penrose Hospital Foundation, the Rocky Mountain Cancer Center, the Anschutz Medical Center in Aurora, or the Melanoma Research Foundation.
Her memory is etched in the countless friendships she built throughout her life with everyone she ever touched. She will be dearly missed. Blessed be her memory.