Our beautiful Stephanie Elise, age 36 of Elmira, passed away on Tuesday, March 7, 2023. She will be sadly missed by her loving partner of 13 years, Mike Pettley. Mike was devoted to Steph and her passing will leave a huge void in his life. Loved deeply by her mother Dawn (Wilken) Koebel, sister & brother-in-law Shannon & Brad Frey and their children Brooklyn & Hudson, all of Elmira. Fondly remembered by sister-in-law & brothers-in-law, Lisa and Tim Pettley, Ray Pettley and nephews Seth and Logan, all of Kitchener. She will eternally be loved by many aunts, uncles and cousins. Predeceased by her young son Zachary only a month ago, her father David Koebel, and in-laws George and Florence (Dubé) Pettley. Steph cherished her family and friends and will leave everyone with a heavy heart. She was a very musical person; playing piano, taking vocal lessons and dancing. Her creative mind composed the most beautiful poetry, especially in times of sorrow in her life. She was a very warmhearted, generous, beautiful soul. There wasn’t anything she wouldn’t do for others and that kindness and compassion transferred into her career as well. Steph was a graduate of Conestoga College and McMaster University with a BSc. in Nursing. She was an RN at Derbecker’s Heritage House in St. Jacobs for over 14 years and had been recently promoted to the position of Director of Care. She took pride in the care she provided for all of the residents. Her son Zachary was the light of her life but her light dimmed with his sudden passing. She shared her love and adoration of all animals with her son. We take comfort in knowing that she is with Zach, playing games, singing and dancing; smiling from above. She is at peace. We understand and you will be forever in our hearts and memories. Until we meet again. A funeral service will be held on Saturday, March 18, 2023 at St. James Lutheran Church, 60 Arthur St. S., Elmira, at 2 p.m., Pastor Hans Borch officiating. A luncheon to follow in the fellowship hall at St. James Lutheran Church. In memory of Stephanie, donations can be directed to Ronald McDonald House Charities – South Central Ontario, or Kitchener Waterloo & Stratford Perth Humane Society, and may be made through the Dreisinger Funeral Home, Elmira.