In Loving Memory of Alison E. Steferak

June 16, 1993
Bridgeport, CT
December 16, 2017
Fairfield, CT
Funeral Home

Spear-Miller Funeral Home

39 South Benson Road,
Fairfield CT US 06824


Spear-Miller Funeral Home, Tuesday 4-8 PM

39 South Benson Road,
CT 06824

December 26, 2017


Holy Family Church

Mass of Christian Burial

700 Old Stratfield Road,
CT 06825

Wednesday, December 27, 2017 10:00 AM


Lawncroft Cemetery

1740 Black Rock Turnpike,
CT 06825

December 27, 2017

Family Gathering


MLK College Prep High School

1530 Dellwood Avenue,
TN 38127

Teach for America Tennessee

1350 Concourse Avenue,
Suite 437,
TN 38104

Alison E. Steferak

Alison E. Steferak, age 24, of Fairfield, passed away suddenly Saturday, December 16, 2017 in Memphis, TN. Born in Bridgeport, Alison had been a lifelong Fairfield resident. She graduated from the Academy of Our Lady of Mercy, Lauralton Hall and received her B.A. Degree in Political Science from Stonehill College. While in college Alison studied abroad in Ireland, Russia and Armenia as was fluent in French and was conversational in Russian. Alison was currently teaching 9th grade Biology at MLK College Prep High School for Teach for America in Memphis and also had worked as an intern at CivilNet Armenia. Alison loved nature and was dedicated to many social causes as well as the environment. She will be sadly missed by her parents, Lisa Manente Fabrizi of Fairfield and Thomas Steferak and his wife Bonnie of Palm Springs, CA; her adoring younger sister, Gabriella Fabrizi of Fairfield; her devoted grandmother, Elizabeth Manente Power of Fairfield; her special uncle, Jeff Manente and his wife Nicole of Fairfield; her dear cousin, Michael Manente of Fairfield and many more aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. She was predeceased by her grandfather, Robert E. Power. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Wednesday, December 27, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. at Holy Family Church, 700 Old Stratfield Road, Fairfield. Interment will follow in Lawncroft Cemetery. Family and friends may call Tuesday from 4-8 p.m. in the Spear-Miller Funeral Home, 39 South Benson Road, Fairfield. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to: MLK College Prep High School, 1530 Dellwood Avenue, Memphis, TN 38127 or Teach for America Tennessee, 1350 Concourse Avenue, Suite 437, Memphis, TN 38104. For information or to offer an online condolence please visit

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  1. Dear Lisa, Words can’t express my sadness for you when I read of Alison’s passing. What a beautiful girl. Please know that I’m sending you my prayers and love to comfort you and your family. I’ve thought of you often over the years. Love, Joan Csizmadia

  2. Thank you for bringing so much light to our life and all of TFA Alison. Your memory will be alive with us every day, and I pray for your family,friends, and everyone who has had the opportunity to meet your kind soul to get through this extremely difficult time. Love you Alison, and your memory will be alive with us always and forever. 💙

  3. Sending prayers and love to your family during this time of need. Alison, thank you for your heart and commitment. #ONEDAY
    Khadijah Abdullah
    Executive Director
    Teach For America- Alabama

  4. Alie and I met on the first day of high school. She introduced me to so many new things and ways of thinking- I’ve always been grateful for meeting her and being able to grow up alongside her. She was a beautiful girl, inside and out, and I will miss her infectious laugh. I feel lucky to have been able to call her a friend.

  5. To the Family, although I’ve only known Alison for a few months, she was such a delight to get to know. Always bringing a smile to my face. I will definitely miss seeing her around the office!

    Rest in God’s Loving Arms,


  6. Our hearts, prayers and love are being elevated for Alison’s loss. May your family rejoice in the promises of seeing her again one day.

    With deepest sympathy,
    Ana D. Gonzalez
    Teach For America Rio Grande Valley

  7. Even though I have known you for a short time, I could always feel your warm, free-spirited love! I will miss hugging you daily after school at your daily post! Heaven has truly gained an Angel! Rest well and you will be missed love!

  8. There are no words adequate enough to convey the magnitude of the painful loss of your cherished daughter. We wish you healing and peace.
    Lisa Gfeller & Elizabeth Laudadio

  9. Dear Lisa,
    I was so sad to hear of Alison’s passing. I remember her as a lovely child, all dressed up to sit in Santa’s lap at our Christmas party. I am sending heartfelt condolences and prayers for you and your family to find the strength to get through this difficult time. Warm regards, Pat Reath

  10. Ms Steferak was a joy & pleasure to work with. Her classroom was right across the hall from mine & we would have conversations everyday. She was always full of life & energy. She will always be loved & she will truly be missed. To the family, don’t forget that earth has no sorrow that heaven can’t heal. Ms Steferak is now teaching the angels in heaven. Much love to you all.

  11. A parent’s gift is their children and its heartbreaking to see it taken away. May God bless you and grant you the peace and strength in your time of grief. Thinking of you and your family. Prayers for Ms. Steferak.

  12. To the Steferak Family,

    Alison was a beautiful person. Though we knew her only a brief time, that time was precious. You are in our prayers during this difficult time.
    The Powell – Dennis Family

  13. I was lucky to work with Alison at Teach For America. She brought so much light and energy to everything she did, and she made us stronger by being a part of our movement. She was a joy to work alongside, and she will be so deeply missed.

  14. Tom, Bonnie and family:
    We wish we had the words to ease your suffering, but I know words are just not enough. Please accept our deepest sympathy and know that you are in our thoughts and prayers.

    Bob , Linda and family

  15. Alison you were sick a warm and kind spirit and you will be missed dearly. My thoughts and prayers go out to your family.

  16. Our condolences to the Manentes and all of the family on the loss of Alison. We will keep you all in our prayers.

  17. It was a joy working with you. I always enjoyed speaking with a my two nephews. You will be truly missed.

  18. Our deepest sympathies go out to Elizabeth and family during this difficult time. Our hearts & prayers are with you. Liz & Dave

  19. Sending my condolences to your family. May prayer be a great comfort to you during this time 1 Thessalonians 5:17

  20. Kenisha, Luanzo, and myself will always have the distinct honor and pleasure of having Alison on our science team. You will forever be missed by us. We send our prayers and love to your family.

  21.  My heartfelt condolences for the loss of your beloved, Alison. Please know that Jehovah God and his son Jesus Christ is aware of your pain and they care for you. (2 Corinthians 1:3,4) . I pray that you are able to find comfort in God’s promise of paradise where there will be no more pain and sorrow (Revelation 21:4,5)  and the many wonderful  memories of your loved one becoming a reality in the future resurrection in paradise.  (Acts 24:15). Please accept my sincere condolences.

  22. My sincere condolences to the Stefarak family. It was a pleasure working with Alison. Everyday in the hallway she had a smile. We shared some of the same students and they spoke very highly of her. You will be missed greatly!

  23. Your family is in our prayers during this painful time. We all long to see her again soon (acts 24:15).


  24. Dear Elizabeth,
    Although I never met your granddaughter, I remember when she was born. Being in the classroom next door to yours I remember the sheer joy and love she brought to you. You were so proud and bursting with stories as she grew. I am so sorry to hear this news and can’t begin to imagine you and your family’s heartbreak. Sending love and light and keeping you in my prayers ❤️

  25. I am so incredibly sorry to read about Alison’s passing. I didn’t know her I just wanted so say I am praying for her family and am so sad for your loss.

  26. Alison, you are truly missed by your MLK family. You will be on my mind as the MLK staff returns to work tomorrow. We’re all wishing we could see your face. Happy New Year to the Steferak family, and you all are still in my thoughts and prayers!

    Rest in love, sweet spirit!