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Blanche Cremer Stepp

June 8, 1923 – Dec. 16, 2018


December 27, 2018 | View PDF

Blanche Cremer Stepp

Blanche Cremer Stepp passed away of natural causes surrounded by her loving family on Dec.16, 2018 in Shafter. Stepp was 95, and a resident of Shafter for over 60 years

Stepp was born in Bakersfield on June 8, 1923. She was the youngest of nine children born to Alice and James Cremer.

She was raised in Bakersfield, where she graduated from Kern County High School and Bakersfield College. She met her future husband, Capt. Lee R. Stepp, at a USO dance at Gardner Field near Taft during World War II. They were married in Bakersfield in 1945. They spent 53 happy years together.

After raising their three children, Stepp volunteered and then went to work as the secretary for St. Therese Catholic Church in Shafter, where she remained for nearly 30 years. Blanche was an excellent seamstress, sewed many clothes for herself and her family, embroidered, knitted and crocheted afghans, quilts, baby and blankets, and also made baby toys for those she loved. Many of those items are still in active use today as a daily reminder of her skill and generosity for those who have them. She enjoyed being a grandmother and spoiled her grandkids at every opportunity.

Blanche was preceded in death by her husband, Lee, and her eight older brothers and sisters. She is survived by her daughter, Nancy Gaeta, of Cayucos, her son Tom Stepp, of San Augustine, Fla.; her son Don Stepp, of Ft. Collins, Colo.; her grandson Tommie Gaeta; her granddaughters Melanie (Gaeta) McGee, Heather Stepp, Olivia Stepp; and many nieces and nephews.

A Rosary was held at Peters Mortuary in Shafter on Dec. 20, with services held at St. Johns Church in Wasco on Friday, Dec. 21.

The family would like to give special thanks to the staff at Carrington House in Shafter for 10 years of excellent care and devotion.

Please send condolences to the family and sign the family's guestbook at


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