Former student dies at age 25

Kadra Sommersted, Staff Writer

Wayne State College graduate Stephanie D. Westerhaus, age 25, was found dead in her home in O’Neill, Nebraska, on Feb. 8.

Westerhaus received her Bachelor’s degree in Music Education at WSC and was teaching choir at O’Neill Junior-Senior High School and O’Neill St. Mary’s.

“Ms. Westerhaus was a passion-filled educator at O’Neill High School,” said former student Lauren Osborne. “She took great pride in her work as a teacher and musician. In her first year as a teacher, the OHS Student Council held a teacher talent show where she played her saxophone. So many students were impressed by her wonderful talent. She will be missed.”

Her death was ruled accidental and an autopsy was ordered.

Visitation was held Feb. 13 at Brockhaus-Howser-Fillmer Home in Norfolk. Funeral services were held on Wednesday, Feb. 14 at the Presbyterian Church in Wakefield, Nebraska.