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Stefanie Joy Kahn

LAKEVILLE — Stefanie Joy Kahn, 58, died peacefully on May 21, 2020, following a long illness. 

She was born in New York, N.Y., on April 24, 1962, and grew up in Pomona, N.Y., with her parents, the late Paul and Anita Kahn, sisters Susan and Patricia Kahn and brother Laurence Kahn. 

She attended the Rockland Country Day School, where she graduated in 1980, and Syracuse University, graduating in 1987. Later, she lived in Syracuse, New York City, Nyack, N.Y., and Lakeville. She dearly loved and was loved by her parents, her siblings, her nephews Matthias and Lucas Graf, her nieces Peri Kahn and Ginny Smith, and her great-nieces Emerson and Marlowe Smith.

Stefanie was a preternaturally articulate toddler and a tiny, effervescent little girl. 

She grew up to be warm, generous and full of fun, with a huge smile and a contagious laugh. She was a sensitive and empathetic listener — she was always everyone’s friend and confidante. 

Living in her native New York City in the 1990s and early 2000s, she loved her upper 80s far East Side neighborhood. She felt the same way about her more recently adopted community in Lakeville, where she lived from 2012 until 2020.

Stefanie’s funeral is postponed until it is safer for people to travel and gather together. Meanwhile, her family is creating a memorial page for her on Facebook and will soon have a site up at www.legacy.com.

In lieu of flowers, please consider donating in Stefanie’s memory to the Corner Food Pantry (www.thecornerfoodpantry.org) in Lakeville. You will need to email contact@thecornerfoodpantry.org to let them know that your contribution is in her memory. 

Thank you to the doctors and nurses at Sharon Hospital, where Stefanie received warm, attentive care for three difficult weeks. Many thanks also to her good friends in the Lakeville community.

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