Dorothy Stephan was an outgoing woman who could talk to anyone about anything, said her son, Robert Stephan.
“She was always generous with her time and her skills, and would always help you out,” he said.
Dorothy Lee Stephan, 95, of Valparaiso, died May 17. She had been a teacher in the Gary/Miller schools, including Kennedy King Middle School. She was an active member of First United Methodist Church.
She earned her bachelor’s degree from Western Kentucky University and her master’s from Valparaiso University.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Raymond Stephan, in 1997.
Stephan loved being a teacher and primarily taught mathematics. One time, she purchased a few shares of Coca Cola stock and had her class track the stock, calculate it’s value and monitor how the value changed.
“She enjoyed helping kids understand math and why it was important and how it could be used in their everyday lives,” he said.
After she retired from the school system, she worked as an English tutor to Japanese families who were staying in the area.
Stephan was an accomplished musician and enjoyed playing the piano and organ.
She loved to travel and had been to Japan, England and the Arctic Circle.
Robert Stephan said his mother always lived life to the fullest.
“She was very alive. There was never a dull moment,” he said. “She was always trying something new and would learn everything she could about it.”