Carol Stephens, 42 / Sept. 16, 1968 — July 30, 2011

Published 8:30pm Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Carol Stephens, 42 Sept. 16, 1968 — July 30, 2011

Carol Elizabeth Stephens, 42, of Northfield, Vt., died  Saturday, July 30, 2011 at her home on Crescent Avenue, surrounded by her family.


She was born on Sept. 16, 1968 in Niles, the daughter of Walter and Georgia (Bohmann) Hornberger. She graduated from Niles High School with the Class of 1986. She went on to earn a doctorate degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Memphis. She married her childhood sweetheart, Thomas Stephens, in Niles on June 20, 1987. She joined the Norwich University faculty in 1996 as a professor of mechanical engineering. She was a passionate teacher and was regarded by her students as the most challenging and liked professor. She was a member of Grace Church in Northfield, Licensed Professional Engineers of Vermont, American Society of Mechanical Engineers, Society of Women Engineers and Tau Beta Phi. Carol was very active in her church as well as the Girl Scouts and the Northfield Elementary School, mentoring young girls. She enjoyed sewing and was particularly fond of the outdoors, hiking, gardening and snowshoeing, to name a few. Survivors include her parents, Walter and Georgia Hornberger of Niles; her husband, Thomas Stephens of Northfield; her children, Emma Lillian Stephens and James Walter Stephens of Northfield; two sisters, Donna Medlin of Niles and Tammy Perkins of Rockford, Mich.; her mother-in-law, Shirley Stephens of Niles; and several nieces and nephews. A memorial service will be held for Carol Stephens at 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 20 at Wesley United Methodist Church in Niles, with Mr. John Willis officiating. The family will receive relatives and friends beginning at 10 a.m. Saturday at the church. Local arrangements were made by Halbritter Funeral Home in Niles. Contributions in memory of Carol may be made to the Community Emergency Relief Volunteers, c/o Town Clerk, 51 South Main St.; the Emma and James Stephens Fund, c/o Northfield Savings Bank, P.O. Box 347; or the Harmon Memorial Wall at Norwich University, 158 Harmon Drive, Northfield, VT 05663.

Carol Stephens, 42 / Sept. 16, 1968 — July 30, 2011

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