Stacy Romanjuk Willis, 58, of Modesto, CA, died August 19, 2023, after a sudden illness. She was born June 15, 1965, and grew up in Bell, CA. After graduating from Brethren High School in 1983, Stacy attended CSU Stanislaus where she earned a Bachelor’s degree in Liberal Studies. Later, she earned her Multiple Subjects Teaching Credential and began a long career in education.
Stacy was a beloved 1st grade teacher and a treasured mentor and colleague at Hart Ransom Elementary School in Modesto for 22 years. She was a passionate advocate for children’s literacy and delighted in sparking the joy of reading in her young students. Stacy wholeheartedly loved teaching. Her quiet patience, intelligence, and sweet demeanor made her an exceptional teacher who made a huge difference in the lives of many children. She was deeply loved and will be missed by the entire Hart Ransom community.
In 2016 Stacy married the love of her life, Jay Willis. Best friends for more than 22 years, together they enjoyed geocaching adventures, Alaskan cruises, and doting on their fur-baby Miniature Schnauzers, Bernie, Mattie, and Pepsi. Stacy had a special talent for making birthdays and holidays unforgettable with her wonderful baked goods, creative and thoughtful gifts, and her fun-loving spirit. She will be especially missed by her family during these seasons of gathering and celebration.
Stacy is survived by her beloved husband, Jay Willis of Modesto; her Mom and Dad, Sonya and Scott Hoatson of Hillsboro, OR; her brother, Jason Romanjuk of Hillsboro, OR; her aunt, Marilyn Rose of Turlock, CA; and her bonus family, Jodi and Khris Karambela, of Turlock; niece, Cassie (Mike) Abram of Turlock; nephew, Kyle Karambela of Columbia, CA; and two great-nieces, Hannah and Lily Abram, of Turlock.
A Celebration of Life will be held on September 16, 2023. More information can be found at RememberingStacy@gmail.com or https://sites.google.com/view/remembering-stacy
Donations to honor the life of Stacy Romanjuk Willis may be made to your favorite charity or to any organization advancing the education and literacy of children.