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July
19
2020

July 10, 2020

We had an opportunity to celebrate Stephanie's life today with friends and family in her favorite placw on the Earth. And now, a part of her will always rest there. Attached are some videos and photos from the day. Thank you everyone for your continued love and support.

Steph's Rocky Mountain Memorial Part One- 


Steph's Rocky Mountain Memorial Part Two

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March
9
2020

Thanking a LifeSaver

Today, we got to spend time at Phi Gamma Delta to recognize an incredible young man who stepped in to help Stephanie immediately following her accident. Ryan, a Drake senior and member of Phi Gamma Delta, gave CPR until medical support arrived.  Sarah and I wanted to post the words we shared with the young men today and announce the Markert family’s commitment to the Drake University Greek community in Ryan and Steph’s honor-

“Mr (Fred) Rogers used to say that in times of tragedy, look for the helpers. You will always find people helping.

The night of Stephanie’s accident, Ryan gave Stephanie and our family a gift. The gift of time. Time to think, to pray, to talk and eventually to say goodbye. While Stephs passing wasn’t the ending any of us had hoped for, it was made easier with the time we had been given to say the things that needed to be said and for family to arrive to be together at the end. 

And while our hearts have been healing and we’ve been going about our lives as best we can since then, it hasn’t been lost on us what an incredible thing Ryan did that evening. And we want him to know how thankful we are. 

I’ve always believed that we do the best we can when we can, and when we know better, we will. 

Somewhere in Ryan’s life, he was given the gift of learning CPR. Whether it was for a job or just out of a passion to help others. And we don’t think it was any accident that he received that gift. And when he was called upon to use that gift, he did. 

As we have thought about Stephanie every day, and often every hour of every day, we have been giving much thought to ways to make what happened to her have some type of meaning. That there is some silver lining to losing her how we did.

So we thought about the gift that Ryan gave our family. And we started to believe that if we could give that gift to just one other person. The gift of time with a loved one. Then her loss might have some purpose.

Stephanie loved being a house mom. She knew just what kinds of leaders these young men and women would become because of their fraternal experiences. She witnessed over 1000 women come in and out of her life during her 30 year career. And she loved Drake. A Bulldog through and through. 

So today, we are really proud to be able to announce that, in honor of Ryan’s gift of time, as well as in memory of our Mom Steph, we will be working with the American Red Cross and the Office of Fraternity & Sorority Life to sponsor one member of each fraternity and sorority at Drake to participate in and receive CPR certification before the semester ends.

It’s our hope that this training will be a gift for others to help ensure that they see those helpers in times of tragedy and that they benefit from the same lifesaving gift we received.

Thank you to Drake University, FIJI, Delta Gamma and the entire Greek system for lifting our family and the women of Delta Gamma up and for helping us keep Stephanie’s memory present here on this community for years to come.”

February
12
2020

Justice for Steph

We are partnering with Crimestoppers of Central Iowa to announce a reward for information leading to the arrest of the driver in the hit-and-run.

Please consider donating to create a reward to help find the person responsible for Stephanie’s death.

February
11
2020

Picture slideshows from Stephanie’s service

Thanks again for everyone’s continued support. We wanted to share slideshows from yesterday’s services. We will post a link to the celebration of life recording later today. 

https://m.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLb74gaFVy0DMwH_oO6Ft8KxNBVilWXDu8

February
7
2020

Food, Glorious Food...

Wow! What an outpouring of love over the past few days. So many messages, cards and flowers. You are making all of us feel so comforted. Thank you!

As the parents of 6 kids and 4 of them teenage boys, I never thought we would utter these words but...we have too much food in the house. What a thoughtful and enviable position to be in but we are starting to running out of room in the refrigerator. 

We want you all to know how grateful we are but we thought we should post out to offer a few suggestions-

If you would like to share something with our family, please consider if it is something that could be frozen for the next week. Or, if you’d consider it, we’d welcome deliveries or meals sometime next week after the services. We know it will take some time to get back to a regular schedule with work and the kids. Those meals would be a great blessing. 

Thank you again for everything. We just want to be sure that we have the opportunity to enjoy your generosity and love.

With love, Sarah, Blake and the family