Stephanie Lynn Schiffman Marushia, 41, strongly advocated for disabled veterans

Stephanie Lynn Schiffman Marushia
Stephanie Lynn Schiffman Marushia

Stephanie Lynn Schiffman Marushia, 41, unexpectedly passed away Saturday, May 18, 2019, in Virginia Beach. Stephanie was born May 25, 1977, in El Paso, Texas, to Marlo Mark Schiffman (deceased) and Susan Austin (Schiffman) Campbell. She graduated from Fairfax High School.

In January 1998, she enlisted in the U.S. Army as an explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) technician. Following an injury sustained during her service, she medically retired in 2002 and relocated to Virginia Beach.

There, she met and married her husband, Michael T. Marushia Sr., on Halloween 2003. In 2004, Stephanie became the mother to Brady Austin Marushia, the true love of her life and reason for being. All who knew her, knew that despite her disability, Stephanie was larger than life, outspoken, opinionated and loved by many.

Certainly a force to be reckoned with, Stephanie loved her family and friends like no other. Stephanie was very involved in local and state politics over her lifetime. As a life member of the VFW Post 392 Auxiliary, she strongly advocated for disabled veterans and also on behalf of children on the autism spectrum.

In addition to her husband, son and mother, Stephanie is survived by her stepfather, Allyn Campbell; twin brothers, Jason and Joseph Schiffman, as well as their families; stepchildren, Michael T. Marushia Jr. and Ashley N. (Marushia) Carbonel; five grandchildren, and a host of aunts, uncles and cousins.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m., Saturday, June 1, at Altmeyer Funeral Home, 5033 Rouse Drive, Virginia Beach. Family will receive friends one hour prior to services. Immediately following the service, there will be a reception in her honor at VFW Post 392, 2408 Bowland Parkway, Virginia Beach. Interment will be held at a later date.

Stephanie will be greatly missed by everyone who had the pleasure of knowing her.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the autism society or veteran’s support agency of your choice.

Share online condolences with the family at Altmeyer Funeral Homes & Crematory.

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