Stephanie Kasales, 94, a retired nurse, passed away on Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2019, with her younger daughter at her side. She died in her beautiful room in Anthony House at Foxdale Village, State College, Pa.
Local survivors include Stephanie Bauer, Cooperstown, and grandsons.
She was one of eight children born to Mark and Martha Scarloss. She graduated from Coaldale High School in 1943, and from the Allentown School of Nursing in 1946. After graduation, she worked for a time on a Native American Reservation in Talihina, Okla.
On May 22, 1948, she married Edward L. Kasales of Tamaqua, Pa. They settled in Telford, in the Philadelphia suburbs of Montgomery County. Her husband died on Feb. 2, 1980.
She is survived by two daughters, Stephanie Bauer (Michael) of Cooperstown and Barbara Kasales of Lemont, Pa. She is also survived by her sister, Marie Sinnott of Silver Spring, Md.; sisters-in-law, Nancy Scarloss of Wyomissing, Pa., and Eleanor Kuhl of Ann Arbor, Mich.; and many nieces and nephews.
She was very proud of her five grandsons, Edward Bauer of Houston, Texas, Robert Bauer (Michelle) of Winooski, Vt., Henry Bauer of Cooperstown, Benjamin Bauer of New York City and Ethan Kasales of Lemont, Pa.
She was predeceased by her brothers, Walter (Florence), Peter, Paul (Genevieve) and Joseph; and her sisters, Helen and Ann. She was also predeceased by her in-laws, John A. Kasales and Annie Buragas Kasales of Tamaqua; as well as her brothers-in-law, Dr. David Kuhl of Ann Arbor, Mich., John A. Kasales Jr. of Ossian, Ind., and Dr. Clarence J. Kasales and his wife, Caroline J. Kasales of Hershey, Pa.
Her legacy includes starting a kindergarten program for children in Telford years before it was required. She was also instrumental in the founding of the Indian Valley Public Library in Telford. She was a charter member of the Souderton Telford Business and Professional Women’s Club which was established in 1951.
She served for many years at the polls on Election Day and always stressed the importance of voting. Throughout her career she worked as a dental assistant and as a library and health aide for the North Penn Public School District. She was an original member of the Harvard University Nurses’ Health Study which began in 1976.
She was an excellent cook and natural health food advocate. She was a lover of art and participated in the Art Goes to School Program in the Delaware Valley.
The final years of her life were a wonderful adventure living at Foxdale Village. There, she was an avid bridge player and enjoyed attending the quarterly luncheons for the retired nurses group at Foxdale. Her time spent at Foxdale was a lovely final chapter to a well-lived life.
The family thanks the many people who make Foxdale so extraordinary. There really are not enough words to convey how grateful we are for the love and care that Stephanie received.
Memorial donations may be made in her name to the Foxdale Training & Tuition Fund, Foxdale Village, State College, PA. This fund provides financial support for Foxdale employees who wish to further their education.
A celebration of her life will be held at Foxdale Village in the spring. Details will be announced at a later date.