Catholic 02

Mary Kay Stegaman

August 12, 1943 ~ September 26, 2020 (age 77)


Mary Kay Stegaman, 77, of Van Wert, passed away at 7:25 AM on September 26, 2020 at Defiance Area Inpatient Hospice. She was born on August 12, 1943, in San Pedro, California, to the late Edmund & Rose Mary (Grothaus) Wurst. On October 12, 1973, she married the love of her life, Richard Stegaman. Together, they shared many years of memories.

Mary Kay earned her Masters in Education and retired from Delphos St. John's after 44 years of teaching.

Mary Kay enjoyed going to River Trail Campground II where she and Richard have had a permanent spot for years. She enjoyed playing Bridge and Mahjong with her friends, Sudoku puzzles to "keep her brain young," scratching off instant lottery tickets, even if they weren't winners, and volunteering her time at food pantries and helping others.

Of all her hobbies and activities, Mary Kay cherished time with her family and keeping up with her grandsons most of all.

She is survived by her husband, Richard of Van Wert; son, Craig Stegaman; daughters: Christine (Brent) Davis; Carla (Adam) Welfle; brothers: Ron (Carol) Wurst, Roch (Phoebe) Wurst; sisters: Anne Stegaman, Marge (Marvin) Ricker; grandchildren: Levi, Remington, Andrew, Wesson and Luke; as well as many nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, Mary Kay was preceded in death by her son, Curtis Anthony Stegaman.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:30 AM on Friday, October 2, 2020 at St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic Church with Rev. Chris Bohnsack celebrating. Interment will follow in Woodland Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 4 to 8 PM on Thursday, October 01, 2020 at Alspach-Gearhart Funeral Home 722 S. Washington St. Van Wert, OH 45891.

Although family and friends are invited to attend Mary Kay's visitation and services, we continue to be cautious and concerned for those who are most vulnerable. We strongly urge everyone to remain vigilant and respect the well-being of the family members and friends. Attendees are asked to observe social distancing, refrain from close physical contact, and wear facial coverings as required by state mandate.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Mary Kay`s memory may be sent to St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic Church.

To share in Mary Kay's online memorial, please visit

Arrangements have been entrusted to Alspach-Gearhart Funeral Home & Crematory, 722 S Washington Street, Van Wert, OH 45891.

To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Mary Kay Stegaman, please visit our floral store.


October 1, 2020

4:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Alspach-Gearhart Funeral Home
722 S. Washington St.
Van Wert, OH 45891

October 2, 2020

10:30 AM
St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic Church
611 Jennings Road
Van Wert, OH 45891

October 2, 2020

11:45 AM
Woodland Cemetery
10968 Woodland Ave.
Van Wert, OH 45891

© 2020 Alspach-Gearhart and Ketcham-Ripley Funeral Homes. All Rights Reserved. Funeral Home website by CFS & TA | Terms of Use | Privacy Policy