Home | Classifieds | Place Ad | Public Notices | Galleries | Kudos | Obits | Real Estate | Subscriber Services | Villager | Health Directory | Contact Us
The Verde Independent | Cottonwood, Arizona

home : obituaries : obituaries April 29, 2016

7/31/2014 4:35:00 PM
Stephanie Ann Woellmer Hurt

Stephanie Ann Woellmer Hurt of Camp Verde died July 18, 2014, in Cottonwood, Arizona. Steph, as she was known to her friends and family, was born January 17, 1969 in Danbury, Connecticut to Helmut and Christa Woellmer and was raised in Northern Arizona.

As a child, she was known for her love of nature and animals, always dragging home a stray dog or lost kitten. Her room was a menagerie of aquariums and cages filled with fish, hamsters, guinea pigs and caterpillars.

Though extremely shy and often hiding behind her Mom's legs, Steph made friends easily with her contagious smile and sweet demeanor. As the baby of the family, she quickly learned that she'd need a tough skin and developed an entertaining sense of humor. Steph was a brilliant artist, always painting, sketching, beading jewelry and making small sculptures out of found items, and she loved to read. The scarier the book, the better.

She liked to garden, decorate her home and she continued collecting animals as an adult, especially when she realized that she didn't need to ask permission anymore. But Stephanie's true love was being a mother and she was a natural at it. Whether she was up late at night with a sick child, attending their school functions or planning a birthday party, she was never happier than when she was with her kids and she was absolutely devoted to them. Her joy, shown through her constant smile, laughter, and joking around, will never be forgotten.

Steph is survived by her husband, Russ, her three children, Emma, Erich and Evan and her stepdaughter Kassidy. Her parents, Helmut and Christa Woellmer of Sedona, also survive her, as do her sisters Angela Woellmer (Holly) and Cyndi Ricca (Monte), brother Ralph Woellmer (Shelley), nephew Jordan Ricca (Amy), nieces McKenzie Ricca, Britain Ricca, Kendall Woellmer and Kelsey Woellmer. In lieu of flowers, donations made to the Sedona Humane Society would be an appropriate and much appreciated way to celebrate her love of animals.

Steph's life will be celebrated in a private gathering of family and friends at the home of her parents on Sunday, August 3, 2014.

Information provided by survivors.

    Most Viewed     Recently Commented
•   Ordinance would make Cottonwood first in Arizona to raise legal age to light up (2670 views)

•   Blaze destroys RV and jeep Sunday; freeway traffic blocked (2527 views)

•   Mingus Union's Mike Westcott named 2016 Yavapai County Teacher of the Year (2172 views)

•   Ruth Gaver released on probation (1937 views)

•   New subdivision, 500 homes: Vineyards at Cottonwood coming soon (1883 views)

Reader Comments

Posted: Friday, September 5, 2014
Article comment by: Kevin Witcomb

From the Witcomb Family to the Woellmer Family our hearts are heavy and go out to you. Let the love in our daily prayers keep her babies out of harms way on the rough road ahead that they face and may the two animals that betrayed her forever rot in hell. We Love You Sis.

Posted: Wednesday, August 6, 2014
Article comment by: JD Cottonwood

So sorry to hear of this. I have known Steph, her family for years. My prayers to all.

Article Comment Submission Form
Comments are not posted immediately. Submissions must adhere to our Use of Service Terms of Use agreement. Rambling or nonsensical comments may not be posted. Comments are limited to Facebook character limits. In order for us to reasonably manage this feature we may limit excessive comment entries.
Submit an Article Comment
First Name:
Last Name:
Anti-SPAM Passcode Click here to see a new mix of characters.
This is an anti-SPAM device. It is not case sensitive.

Advanced Search

HSE - Obituary Guidelines
Find more about Weather in Cottonwood, AZ
Click for weather forecast

Submission Links
 •  Submit your feedback about our site

Find It Features Blogs Celebrate Submit Extras Other Publications Local Listings
Classifieds | Place Ad | Galleries | Kudos | Real Estate | Subscriber Services | e-News | RSS | Site Map | Find Verde Jobs | Contact Us
© Copyright 2016 Western News&Info, Inc.® The Verde Independent is the information source for Cottonwood and Verde Valley area communities in Northern Arizona. Original content may not be reprinted or distributed without the written permission of Western News&Info, Inc.® Verde News Online is a service of WNI. By using the Site, verdenews.com ®, you agree to abide and be bound by the Site's terms of use and Privacy Policy, which prohibit commercial use of any information on the Site. Click here to submit your questions, comments or suggestions. Verde News Online is a proud publication of Western News&Info Inc.® All Rights Reserved.

Software © 1998-2016 1up! Software, All Rights Reserved