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Stephanie Shaw Obituary

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Stephanie Shaw

Springfield, Virginia

May 31, 2024

Stephanie Shaw Obituary

Stephanie Shaw of Arlington, Virginia, passed away peacefully on May 31st, 2024 near Charlotte, North Carolina. She was 75-years old.


Stephanie was born on December 26th, 1948 in Carmel-by-the-Sea, California. She moved with her parents to Caracas, Venezuela, in 1949 where her father served as the Military Attaché for the United States. She spent her early childhood years in Venezuela, becoming fluent in the Spanish language and loving the South American culture, prior to her family’s return to the States. She spent the remainder of her childhood growing up in the Aurora Hills neighborhood of Arlington, Virginia, graduating high school from St. Mary’s Academy in Alexandria, Virginia, in 1967. She attended The Katharine Gibbs School in Boston, Massachusetts, and Manor Women’s College in Jenkintown, Pennsylvania, prior to beginning her decades-long career as an Executive Assistant.


She proudly and diligently worked for various organizations throughout her career, including United Airlines, Qwest Communications, Catholic Charities, Ocean Spray Cranberries, and small businesses, all while consistently prioritizing her family. She was the school Secretary for St. Thomas More Cathedral School from 2001-2007 and later worked for a government consulting firm prior to retirement. In her spare time, she ran a small catering service business to help support her family. She volunteered as a lector at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church for many years prior to her moves to Aberdeen, Washington, and later on to Charlotte, North Carolina, to be closer to her family. She was also an active volunteer for numerous charities and causes, including Feed the Hungry, Arlington Girls Softball Association, the National March for Life, Writers’ Workshop, Junior Achievement, homeless shelters, and nursing homes. She believed in regularly giving of her time and self to love and care for others well.


Stephanie was a devoted mother, grandmother (known as “Mimi”), wife, sister, and daughter. She loved her family dearly and always put them first. She enjoyed playing and baking with her grandchildren, dancing the night away with her beloved late husband, Stephen, spending time with her many friends, family, and cats, cooking with wine (and sometimes even putting it in the food), riding roller coasters, home decorating, and gardening. Her Catholic faith was also of great importance to her. Her adventurous spirit complemented her love of travel and took her to Europe, the Middle East, South America, the Caribbean, Mexico, Canada, Hawaii, Alaska, and throughout the continental United States. Her spunk and vibrancy reflected her free-spirited nature, love of laughter, and zest for life, and beautifully balanced her classy and organized style. Her humor, bright smile, warmth, and loyal friendship brought joy to so many. She will be tremendously missed.


Stephanie is survived by her daughters, Colleen Elizabeth Martens and Ashley Anne Barusso Hole; sons-in-law, Donald Martens, Jr. and David Hole; stepson, Matthew Alexander, and his wife, Morgan Alexander; grandchildren, Kenny, Tanner, Connor, Brooklyn, Aspenn, Miles, Bella, Finnley, Bethany, Micah, Mira, and Saylor; nephews, Carl Rohsenberger and Bill Finn, their wives, Kathy Rohsenberger and Kristi Finn, their children, Cole, Will, Mick, and Kathryn; and “dozens and dozens of cousins”, as Stephanie would say, who are scattered throughout the Pacific Northwest and beyond.


She was predeceased by her loving and devoted husband, Stephen Derby Alexander; her parents, Colonel Lawrence Edward Shaw and Suzaane Elizabeth Isaacson Shaw; her sisters, Nancy Hoenig and Janet Finn; and her brothers-in-law, Josef Hoenig, Lieutenant Carl Rohsenberger, Jr., and Lieutenant William Finn.


A Funeral Mass will be held at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Arlington, Virginia, on Saturday, June 15th, 2024, at 12:00 Noon, followed by interment at Columbia Gardens Cemetery.


In lieu of flowers, her family requests that donations be made to the Alzheimer’s Association.

To share a memory or send a condolence gift, please visit the Official Obituary of Stephanie Shaw hosted by Lay To Rest Funeral Home.

Stephanie Shaw of Arlington, Virginia, passed away peacefully on May 31st, 2024 near Charlotte, North Carolina. She was 75-years old.


Stephanie was born on December 26th, 1948 in Carmel-by-the-Sea, California. She moved with her parents to Caracas, Venezuela, in 1949 where her father served as the Military Attaché for the United States. She spent her early childhood years in Venezuela, becoming fluent in the Spanish language and loving the South American culture, prior to her family’s return to the States. She spent the remainder of her childhood growing up in the Aurora Hills neighborhood of Arlington, Virginia, graduating high school from St. Mary’s Academy in Alexandria, Virginia, in 1967. She attended The Katharine Gibbs School in Boston, Massachusetts, and Manor Women’s College in Jenkintown, Pennsylvania, prior to beginning her decades-long career as an Executive Assistant.


She proudly and diligently worked for various organizations throughout her career, including United Airlines, Qwest Communications, Catholic Charities, Ocean Spray Cranberries, and small businesses, all while consistently prioritizing her family. She was the school Secretary for St. Thomas More Cathedral School from 2001-2007 and later worked for a government consulting firm prior to retirement. In her spare time, she ran a small catering service business to help support her family. She volunteered as a lector at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church for many years prior to her moves to Aberdeen, Washington, and later on to Charlotte, North Carolina, to be closer to her family. She was also an active volunteer for numerous charities and causes, including Feed the Hungry, Arlington Girls Softball Association, the National March for Life, Writers’ Workshop, Junior Achievement, homeless shelters, and nursing homes. She believed in regularly giving of her time and self to love and care for others well.


Stephanie was a devoted mother, grandmother (known as “Mimi”), wife, sister, and daughter. She loved her family dearly and always put them first. She enjoyed playing and baking with her grandchildren, dancing the night away with her beloved late husband, Stephen, spending time with her many friends, family, and cats, cooking with wine (and sometimes even putting it in the food), riding roller coasters, home decorating, and gardening. Her Catholic faith was also of great importance to her. Her adventurous spirit complemented her love of travel and took her to Europe, the Middle East, South America, the Caribbean, Mexico, Canada, Hawaii, Alaska, and throughout the continental United States. Her spunk and vibrancy reflected her free-spirited nature, love of laughter, and zest for life, and beautifully balanced her classy and organized style. Her humor, bright smile, warmth, and loyal friendship brought joy to so many. She will be tremendously missed.


Stephanie is survived by her daughters, Colleen Elizabeth Martens and Ashley Anne Barusso Hole; sons-in-law, Donald Martens, Jr. and David Hole; stepson, Matthew Alexander, and his wife, Morgan Alexander; grandchildren, Kenny, Tanner, Connor, Brooklyn, Aspenn, Miles, Bella, Finnley, Bethany, Micah, Mira, and Saylor; nephews, Carl Rohsenberger and Bill Finn, their wives, Kathy Rohsenberger and Kristi Finn, their children, Cole, Will, Mick, and Kathryn; and “dozens and dozens of cousins”, as Stephanie would say, who are scattered throughout the Pacific Northwest and beyond.


She was predeceased by her loving and devoted husband, Stephen Derby Alexander; her parents, Colonel Lawrence Edward Shaw and Suzaane Elizabeth Isaacson Shaw; her sisters, Nancy Hoenig and Janet Finn; and her brothers-in-law, Josef Hoenig, Lieutenant Carl Rohsenberger, Jr., and Lieutenant William Finn.


A Funeral Mass will be held at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Arlington, Virginia, on Saturday, June 15th, 2024, at 12:00 Noon, followed by interment at Columbia Gardens Cemetery.


In lieu of flowers, her family requests that donations be made to the Alzheimer’s Association.

To share a memory or send a condolence gift, please visit the Official Obituary of Stephanie Shaw hosted by Lay To Rest Funeral Home.

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