The Rev. Stefani S. Schatz

Date of Birth

September 24, 1962

Date of Death

July 12, 2017

The Rev. Stefani S. Schatz
09/24/62 – 07/12/2017

Stefani grew up in Santa Barbara and it was her wish that after 14 months of struggling with cancer she would come home to spend her last days here. On Friday, July 7th she arrived in Santa Barbara, a place she loved.

Stefani was born in Dallas, Texas on Sept. 24, 1962 and moved with her family to Santa Barbara in 1966. Stefani graduated from Mills College in Oakland, CA and the Episcopal Divinity School in Cambridge, MA. She became an Episcopal priest in 2001, and had the honor to minister in Hermosa Beach, CA, Manchester, UK, Reno, NV, San Francisco and Alameda, CA.

Stefani was talented and had many gifts, and those who knew her described her with one word above all, JOY. This was evident during her ministry as an Episcopal priest. Her final calling was to be Canon to the Ordinary to Bishop Marc Handley Andrus in the Diocese of California. She called herself the “Mobile” Canon, joyfully visiting all the parishes.

Stefani is survived by her loving husband of 15 years, the Rev. Joseph F. Duggan, her mother Iva Hillegas Schatz, father Lawrence D. Schatz, sister Heather S. Schatz, nephews Oliver and Addison ChanSchatz, aunt, Melissa L. Hillegas, cousins, Hunter-Scott (Megan) Hillegas and Thatcher Hillegas, Syring cousins Deb, Conni, Billy and Esther and relatives in Wisconsin, New York and Pennsylvania.

Family members who predeceased her are her uncle, the Rev. Lyle C. Hillegas, her aunt, Winifred Syring, her maternal grandparents in Wisconsin and her paternal grandparents in Pennsylvania.

Services of Resurrection will be held at 4:00pm on Sunday, July 30 at Trinity Episcopal Church, 1500 State Street, Santa Barbara and August 12 at 10am at Grace Cathedral in San Francisco.

Instead of flowers, contributions may be made to Trinity Episcopal Church in Santa Barbara, the Visiting Nurse & Hospice Care of Santa Barbara or your choice of charity “In Memory of Stefani Schatz.”


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