Joyce Lynn Cramb Stegman, 1948-2005


PUEBLO Alamosa resident Joyce Lynn Cramb Stegman, 57, died Dec. 29, 2005 at the St. Mary Corwin Hospital in Pueblo. She was born July 18, 1948 in Lamar to Bruce and Beryle Crabill Cramb.

Joyce graduated from Independence, Kan., High School, Emporia State Teacher's College with a B.A., and received her Master's Degree from Adams State College. She married Don Stegman on Feb. 4, 1978.

Joyce's love of helping kids as a teacher spanned 28 years at all levels including her start in Granada, Colo., where she worked with migrant children; in Lamar, as a special education teacher at Alamosa High School, at Ortega Middle School, at Adams State College teaching a few graduate courses and at Polston Elementary where she retired. Additionally, she spent 18 months working for the Interdisciplinary Core Academy promoting professional development for teachers across the state, and served as both coordinator and host for Japanese College Students visiting American elementary schools for more than 10 years. Post retirement, she continued to be active as an antique dealer, helping to initiate The Vintage Garage.

She was an active member of both the Downtown Merchants Association and PEO Chapter DP, where she served as a past president. Joyce was a caring educator and loved kids. She loved to do things for other people to help them have a better day. A dedicated Christian, an outstanding wife, mother and daughter, she loved her family unconditionally. She will leave a big void in all of our lives.

Survivors include her parents, Bruce and Donna Cramb of Pueblo; her loving husband, Don Stegman of Alamosa; her honorary sister, Dena Henke of Pratt, Kan.; step-siblings, Karla (Alex) Howard and Doug (Ginger) Veltri of Pueblo; sons, Jeff (Leslie) Hawkins of Pueblo and Scott (Colleen) Stegman of League City, Texas; daughter, Kara (Jerry) Nye of Alamosa; and grandchildren, Kyle, Landon and Taylor Nye, and Raleigh, Sheila and Ellie Stegman.

A Memorial Service will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 4, at the First United Methodist Church in Alamosa. In Lieu of flowers, please make memorial contributions to one of the following: La Puente Home Shelter or Special Education Services in the Alamosa Public School System. Contributions for the latter may be sent to Rogers Family Mortuary or Alamosa State Bank care of special education fund, Joyce Stegman. Arrangements are by Rogers Family Mortuary of Alamosa.




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