Thursday Oct 02 2008
Family, friends say goodbye to leader
Stephanie McBride dies at age 55
The Blue Goose, where Stephanie McBride spent countless hours as a volunteer, was the proper place for her many friends and family to say goodbye on Tuesday, Sept. 30. McBride, 55, passed away in her Loomis home on Sept. 24, after two years of treatment for pancreatic cancer. Stephanie Lynn Tumpich McBride was born in Oakland in 1953. She graduated from Mission San Jose High School in Fremont. Mrs. McBride was an active member of the Loomis community. For four years she was chairwoman of Celebrity Chef, one of the signature events that helped the South Placer Heritage Foundation fund the renovation of the Blue Goose. She continued to chair the event the last two years, despite undergoing medical treatments. “Stephanie was a wonderful and generous person, a friend to all and a leader when called upon,” said Lana Green, who served on the Heritage Foundation board of directors with Mrs. McBride. “She tirelessly gave her efforts and talent to the Foundation and Celebrity Chef. I'm thankful for her time with us and will remember her laughter and smile, as well as her determination and grace.” Her sister, Janet Tumpich, said Stephanie “devoted her life to family and friends. She will be forever missed and always in our thoughts and prayers.” In addition to her loving husband, Dan, Mrs. McBride is survived by her estranged son, Ryan Rocha; mother, Lucille Tumpich; sisters, Janet Tumpich of Danville and Julie Morris of Fremont; niece and nephew, Mary and Jacob Morris; daughter and son-in-law, Shayla and Ryan Ehlers of Antelope; and grandchildren, Camryn, Kiely and John Ehlers. Services were held Tuesday morning at St. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Rocklin. Donations may be made in Stephanie's name to the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network at www.pancan.org; or the Support Circle at www.supportcircle.com/sponsor/index.php or mail to Tim Bradley, 311 S Jefferson St. Middletown, MD 21769.