Bayfield resident Kathryn D. Stancampiano died after a strong battle with cancer Saturday, Jan. 12, 2013, at her home. She was 66.
Known as “Kathy,” she was born Oct. 14, 1946, to Joseph and Helen Alexander in Atlanta, Texas. She graduated from Thomas Jefferson High School in Dallas in 1964, and then continued her education at Southern Methodist University, graduating in 1968.
After graduation, Mrs. Stancampiano took a road trip with friends, deciding not to attend Woodstock, which her children consider lucky for them, and heading to Washington state, where she met her future husband, Michael Stancampiano, in 1970. The couple married Jan. 16, 1971, in Bothell, Wash.
They moved to Oklahoma in 1972 to be closer to family, as she was pregnant with their second child. They had the rest of their children at home while living in Edmond and Tahlequah in Oklahoma.
In 1981, the Stancampianos moved to Juneau, Alaska, where Mrs. Stancampiano was a homemaker and teacher. She earned her teacher’s certification from the University of Alaska at Juneau. In 1985, the family moved to Fairbanks. While there, Mrs. Stancampiano ran sled dogs, continued teaching and watched her kids go downhill skiing.
In 1992, they moved to Colorado to be closer to family and a bit warmer. Mrs. Stancampiano earned a master’s degree in reading from the University of Northern Colorado at Greeley and continued to be a teacher and tutor for Durango School District 9-R and the Southern Ute Indian Tribe. She retired in 2005, and spent her time traveling around to see grandchildren and supporting her husband in his new role as a federal Indian probate judge.
“She had a strong passion for family, kids, nutrition and life in general,” her family said.
Mrs. Stancampiano is survived by her mother, Helen Alexander of Atlanta, Texas; husband of 42 years, Michael Stancampiano of Bayfield; children Jeremiah Stancampiano and Michaelangelo Stancampiano, both of Durango, Alexander Stancampiano of Edmond and Juliana Stancampiano of Seattle; and nine grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013, in Oklahoma. A memorial service will be held locally at a later date.
Her family requests that friends remember her through random acts of kindness.