Stephaine Coffaro

Stephaine Coffaro

April 22, 1919 ‐ December 28, 2021
Stephaine Coffaro
Birthplace: Cleveland, Ohio Resided In: Westlake, Ohio

Stephanie Coffaro (nee Ploskonka) 102 yrs. old, went to be with the Lord on December 28, 2021.  She was born April 22, 1919.  She managed to avoid the Spanish flu and Covid.  Beloved wife of 31 yrs. to the late Jerry Srneck and 10 yrs. to the late Tony Coffaro.  Loving mother of Dale Srneck (deceased), Audrey Overholt (David) and Linda Bensman (Robert).  Cherished grandmother of Christopher DeMarco.  Sister of the following deceased:  Mary Garbo, Lottie Plewacki, Dorothy Sawyer, and Joseph Ploskonka. Loving aunt to many nieces and nephews.  While she suffered great losses in her lifetime, she showed us all how to gracefully survive.

Born in Cleveland, Ohio, Stephanie had to quit school in the 9th grade to help her mother with her younger siblings and chores.  After WWII, Stephanie married Jerry Srneck and raised three children in Parma, Ohio.  After Jerry passed away, Stephanie met Tony Coffaro and enjoyed spending their winters in Florida.  After Tony passed away and always being open to change, she continued going down to Florida and met Frank Cannet who she spent 13 years with until he passed away. 

She had a passion for creating.  She was a fabulous seamstress not only designing clothes, but coats, pillbox hats, bedspreads, window treatments, and even reupholstered furniture.  For St. Francis De Sales Parish Rosary Club, she made thousands of rosaries from just a cord and an umbrella spoke for those in the service.  Her Motto was “busy hands are happy hands, and I’m delirious.”

She was a great cook, enjoyed music, and loved ballroom dancing. Her sister Lottie called her The Queen of the Stardust Ballroom.  Watching her and her sisters dancing the polka at weddings was pure joy. 

She was an incredible strong and resilient woman.  When she was 78 years old, she was hit by a car while crossing the street in Florida.  She had a concussion, fractured her pelvic in two places, had a collapsed lung and terrible whiplash.  The doctor told her she might need to use a walker or a cane the rest of her life and she responded, “No way, I’m dancing again.”  And she did.

Stephanie had a strong faith in God and commitment to her faith.  She was ahead of her time.  She was always Grateful way before it was fashionable to be Grateful.  She had a positive and cheerful attitude, patience of a saint, an easy-going nature, a great sense of humor, a twinkle in her eye and a beautiful smile. She was one of those people you know that has a magical light within them.  I am blessed to have been on this journey called Life with her as my guiding star that taught me so much through her actions.  So glad she was our mother and our best friend. 

Due to Covid a Celebration of her Life will be at a later date. 

Please click here to view photos of Stephanie's life.

Guest Comments

Jill Ricker
Westlake, OH

What a full life your mother lead. Just beautiful. Very much enjoyed reading about her as I only knew her in her later years. Still a bright light through and through. My deepest condolences to all.

Rachele Babics
Lorain Ohio

I so remember her smile and sparkle in her eyes. Linda I will keep you and your family in prayers.

Mark & Dolly Plewacki
Fox River Grove, IL

Certainly a sad time to learn of Auntie Stephie’s passing. She was a wonderful women that lived life fully. I can recall her infectious laugh. How my own mother Lottie loved her so. My heart goes out to my dear cousins Audrey and Linda. Our deepest condolences.

Lena Jones
Parma Ohio

May God bless you with all the Angels.

Rich and Lori
Medina, OH

Deepest condolences. What a great tribute! So many memories I have & forgot about her making roseries with the umbrella "stretcher" piece that she used to make them! Let's not forget about hearing how we were going to wear out the sidewalk by walking so much! Bless her heart and rest in peace.
With Love,

Eileen and John Pachuta
Crete, IL

I never had the honor of meeting Stephanie.
From reading this, she was an amazing lady. Our condolences to her family.

Len & Sharon Ploskonka
North Royalton

A very nice tribute.
I never realized some of the many things she did and details about her manner and way of how she viewed life.
We all have fond memories of her as well when growing up.
Deepest condolences .

Cheryl Gula

So sorry for your loss. Audrey, Linda and Christopher. Remember the good times that you had with her. Remember babysitting for Audrey and Linda when your parents went dancing. Hugs. Love and prayers.

Alicia - Hospice Aide

Stefanie was a very sweet person. It was my pleasure to have been a part of her care. She will be very much missed. Love you Stephanie

william tarantola
New York, New York

Deepest condolences for your loss. Prayers for Stephaine and family.

Kelly Cooper
Medina, Ohio

Although I didn't know Stephanie personally, having read her beautiful obituary, I know she was a strong, loving and caring woman who enjoyed having fun Thank you for sharing her many lifelong experiences and the joy she brought to her family.
My deepest sympathy.

Dennis and cindy Baumiller

Stephanie is a Saint in the Heavenlies. When we all get there in our time, then we can CELEBRATE as we should. Amen,