Stephanie Marie Gatas, 42, of Mooresville, N.C., passed away on Monday, October 9, 2023, at Lake Norman Regional Medical Center in Mooresville.

She was born on September 30, 1981, in Rochester, N.Y., to Joseph Gatas and Debbie Eckert Dearborn. Stephanie enjoyed crafting, glitter, playing with her dogs, and making others smile. She loved her family and spending time with them.

She was preceded in death by her father-in-law, Gerald Pawlowski.

She is survived by her husband, Ben Pawlowski; mother and stepfather, Debbie and Mark Dearborn Sr.; father and stepmother, Joseph and Kathy Gatas; sister, Andrea Newton and husband Matthew; brother, Daniel Bell and wife Sorcha; nieces and nephews, Chelsea Newton, Conrad Newton, Amelia Bell, Calder Bell, and Tallulah Bell; mother-in-law, Laura Pawlowski; and brother and sister-in-law, Eric and Clarissa Marks.

A celebration of Stephanie’s life will be held in Rochester, N.Y., at a later date.

Cavin-Cook Funeral Home & Crematory, Mooresville, is serving the Pawlowski/Gatas family. Condolences may be made to the family at