- 43 years old
- Date of birth: Apr 18, 1972
- Date of passing: Jan 7, 2016
|In the end, it's not the years in your life that count. It's the life in your years. - Abraham Lincoln|
After a brave battle with cancer, Stacey Krok Grace passed away on January 7, 2016 in Oakland, CA at the age of 43. She leaves behind her loving husband, Peter Grace, her sons, Alex and Robbie Grace.
Stacey was born on April 18, 1972 in York, Pennsylvania to her parents Bob & Peggy Krok with her two sisters, Amy (Cordero) and Shannon (Romine). She received her BS from Northwestern Univ. and her MBA from UC Berkeley Haas.
Stacey married her best friend, Peter Grace, on October 4, 1997. They took their beloved labs, Sierra & Nevada, and moved across the country settling in Rockridge, Oakland, CA, and raised their two boys in a home of love and laughter, where family and friends were always welcome.
Stacey was passionate about her career, playing a key role in the success of many biotech companies, most recently Dermira, as Sr. Director of Corporate Development and Commercial Strategy.
Stacey & Peter had an insatiable thirst for adventure, travelling around the world - after travels to South America, Europe, Africa, and Australia, her last trip with her family was to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Orlando, FL in October.
She lived every day to the fullest.
Stacey is survived by her husband and children, as well as her parents and sisters, and numerous nieces and nephews. A celebration of her life will be held at St. Theresa’s Church on Mandalay Rd in Oakland at 10:00 am on Friday, January 15, 2016; all are welcome. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to either the Breast Cancer Research Foundation (www.bcrfcure.org) or the ASPCA (www.aspca.org).
"Stacey comes to mind often and it is a testament to how much of an impact she has had on my life and I am sure many others. She is one of my oldest friends that our paths stayed connected for almost 20 years. We studied engineering together and just last week as I organized support of one of the senior classes as an alum - all of the memories of going to class and working in study groups click together. I felt profound loss. I remember hiring with the same company and starting the same week in S.Carolina. A party in our apartment where she was introduced to Peter, the engagement party we gave them, trip to the Citrus Bowl over New Years, early morning runs in Dunbar WV, Alt’s and Grace’s trips to wine country, skiing in Squaw Valley, bike rides across Golden Gate...... Every time I visited SFO for work I would visit and stay at the house. The last visit Stacey and Peter told me of the diagnosis. I can not forget that moment at their table.
I miss Stacey’s zest for life. Always looking to learn, debate, challenge and engage. She was humble and practical and always caring for others around her. A great friend, wife to Peter and mom to the boys.
Sometimes I wish I could pick up the phone and just say Hi. I will settle for one of the memories sneaking up and reminding me out of the blue and cherish that moment; instead of feeling loss, realize she is still here as a friend."
"To Stacey's family and friends. I am sorry to hear Stacey is no longer with us in this world. My prayers are with Stacey and her family and friends. It was an honor to work with a spirited and positive person when I worked with her at Chiron at both the Vacaville and Emeryville site. Honestly, I just received the news and I am in both shock and denial. Forever in my thoughts Stacey. Robert Catolos"
"Bob and Peggy, know that you have our deepest condolences on the passing of your beautiful daughter Stacey. May the comfort of family and friends be your strength now and in the days ahead.
Paul and Mary Jo Krizman"
"To Bob, Peggy and family: Our hearts are with you at this time of irreparable loss."
"To Peter, the boys, and Stacey's family and friends,
Here is to Stacey's contagious laugh, resilience and strength. May you find all of these as you go through these difficult times. We miss her so much already."
I am so sorry to learn of your family's loss. I hope that you take comfort in knowing that your daughter lived a rich and full life and that she now rests with our Lord in heaven."
"Peggy and Family,
What an overwhelming loss to lose your young, beautiful daughter. I cannot imagine the grief you must be feeling. Please know my thoughts and prayers are with you all."
"Bob & Peggy -- Becky and I are so saddened to hear about your daughter's death. The sorrow you feel must be overwhelming. Our deepest sympathies are with you and your family. Jerry & Becky Lutkus"
"Stacey, you were such a beautiful light in our lives. Like the Business Plan team used to say, you were "truly Grace under pressure". Whatever the challenge, you came through. And with a smile and that lovely laugh which cheered everyone up. I fondly remember the board games with you and Peter at Mo's home. Thank you for making my Haas experience so much more fun and pleasant. You and Peter made a great couple. We miss you.
Peter, Robbie, Alex and the Krok/Grace family, our prayers are with you. Deepest condolences.
"I met Stacey in business school and was immediately drawn to her warmth and positive energy. She was authentic and smart, with a ready laugh, which like others, I can still hear in my head. When we reconnected recently, she loved to talk about her boys and it was clear that she absolutely adored them both. Her spark lives on in them and Peter and in each of us who were fortunate to know her. I will miss you, Stacey."
I will always remember your gentleness and friendly smile. Thank you for the good times."
"I had the privilege of being Stacey's manager at Chiron and, later, her friend. Stacey was a gift - I am so lucky to have known her, even if for too brief a time. She taught me what dedication really is - dedication to her work, to her family, to her friends - and, with that dedication and lots of hard work, how to build a rich and joyful life. Through her wit, her wits and her charm, Stacey made the hard parts look easy.
My heart goes out to Peter, to Stacey's two boys and to all of her family and other friends. We will miss her terribly."
"Dear Bob, Peg and family, Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. The outpouring of love is a tribute to Stacey and your family. May God Bless and comfort you. Love Sheen and Elaine"
Please know that you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.
"Dear Peter, Robbie, Alex, Uncle Bob and Aunt Peg,
Christmas with the cousins at Grandma Krok's (then cousins & extended family and the Rosian's) were always extra special when you made the trek from South Bend and Nor Cal. So glad we've been able to spend time with the Grace's in Oakland, SF, & Napa."
"Stacey was my "pledge mom" in our sorority at Northwestern. She was kind, thoughtful, and full of life. I am praying for her husband and children... I posted several pictures on this site so her children will have memories of their mom during her college years!! I loved uncovering them and reliving my time with Stacey. She will always be in my heart."
"Our heart is breaking for your whole family. What an awesome website to pay tribute to Stacey. Remember that those we love don’t go away, they walk beside us every day, unseen, unheard, but always near, still loved, still missed, and very dear. Margie and Ralph Sullivan"
"I know there are not perfect words to convey our sympathy but the best to offer you Peggy and your family are prayers for God to bless you all with strength, peace and love. May God walk beside you or carry you when need be. Know that your friends are here for you to do what we can. Love, Pat and Gary"
"Peter, Alex, Robbie, Peg, Bob and family, I am so sorry for your loss, the Straffon clan is sending you our love! I will always remember the twinkle in her eyes and the great big smile. You all our in our thoughts and prayers, much love, Jon, Rochelle, Stephen, Sarah and Jane"
"Our hearts are broken for you Peggy & Bob and all of Stacey's family. What a beautiful tribute this web site is. So loved seeing all the wonderful photos of your beautiful Stacey. We know you will cherish all these wonderful memories forever and pray that they will help you through these most difficult times. Please know that you all are in our thoughts and prayers. May she now RIP and know that she will forever be in our hearts. Sending sympathy, love & big hugs to you all.
Kathy & Steve"
"To the Family and Friends of Stacey,
Please except my deepest condolences. It is unnatural to lose one so young in death. Although I didn't have the pleasure of knowing Stacey, I wanted to share some peaceful thoughts that helped me when I lost my mom to the enemy, death. I've found comfort in knowing that "there is going to be a resurrection" (Acts 24:15) I hope that you'll find comfort in knowing that you can see your loved one again during a time when "death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore. The former things have passed away." (Revelation 21:4)"
"Stacey was an amazing friend. We shared so much in common that, every time we connected, it seemed like just the other day. I always remember her joy of life - it was contagious. And even though I only saw her roughly once a year lately, I feel such a hole now. She'll always be a part of my Haas / Chiron memories - and beyond. Matt"
"Peggy, I am so sorry about your beautiful daughter. I can't imagine the grief you are all experiencing. You are all in my prayers."
All of my thoughts are with you and your family, and every thought is a prayer. God Bless You,
"I distinctly remember Stacy from our MBA program as a very smart, open and friendly person. I'm truly sorry for your loss.
"love you dear stacey always and forever
"Peggy and Bob,
I cannot imagine the pain that you are feeling. The love that a parent has for their child is immeasurable. The joy of seeing her children grow will always remind you of your beautiful daughter. We are thinking of and praying for your family.
Linda and Bob"
I am so sorry for your loss. If there is anything I can do please let me know. My heart goes out to you and your family. Mary"
"Bob and Peggy,
Joe and I are heartbroken to hear such sad news about your daughter, Stacey. You and all of Stacey's family and friends are in our thoughts and prayers at this most difficult time. May your memories of all the wonderful times with Stacey comfort you.
Rosemary and Joe"
"I send my love, prayers, and deepest condolences to Peter and the boys, and to all her family. I will always remember Stacey as an incredibly warm, bright, and happy woman. What a beautiful smile and spirit. I'm so sorry she was taken way too soon."
"I will always remember Stacey smiling and her down-to-earth, friendly attitude from MBA school. My thoughts are with you Stacey and your beautiful family."
I am enjoying the beautiful pictures and wonderful tributes of your lovely daughter. You were a wonderful mother to her. I am so sorry for your pain.
"I'll most remember the family gatherings, especially the holidays, to which Stacey added so much fun and laughter. Sincere condolences to Peggy, Bob, Shannon, Amy, Peter, Alex and Robbie from Tom and Robin Bresko"
"I will always remember your smile and laughter. Heaven has another angel."
"So sad to hear this. Many a year since I last saw Stacy but still remember her very fondly from our Gold Cohort days. Please receive my condolences. Miguel Villa"
"Peter and the entire Grace/Krok family: very sorry to hear the terrible news of Stacey's passing. I will always remember Stacey for her sense of humor, cheerful smile and laugh, but most of all her positive slant on life as a whole. She was just an all-around cool person, always someone fun to chat with over a beer. Can't remember ever seeing her mad or sad, and that speaks to how you and the family and her many great friends rubbed off on her. I know the rest of her Haas/Berkeley buddies feel the same. And what a great role model for Alex and Robbie. My thoughts are with you and the boys and her family as you get through this difficult time. Hope to see you soon."
"Peter, Alex, Robbie - my heartfelt condolences to you. So heartbreaking. May the wonderful memories you all have of Stacey soon help with the sorrow."
"I'm so sad to hear about sweet & smiling Stacey. James and I loved living next door and have fond memories of our time in Rockridge hanging out with the Graces. Stacey will be forever loved and always in our hearts. Keeping Peter, the boys and her family in our thoughts and prayers. Much love to you Stacey - Joan"
"To Peggy, Bob & Peter...
We send our deepest sympathy to you and your entire family. Our Hearts, Thoughts & Love are with each of you.
Anne & Ken"
"Bob, Peggy, Amy, Shannon, and Peter,
I'm so sorry for your loss. I have many wonderful memories with Stacey and Sara Blom driving all over Pella on our mopeds, swimming, and hanging out. The Krok household was always full of fun. Stacey was such a neat person. She was always smiling and laughing. I'll be praying for all of you and for her little boys. I pray that God will fill you all with peace during this difficult time. May you be filled with wonderful memories! God bless. Heather Schuring- LaHue"
"To Peter,Alex,Robbie,Bob,Peg and family,
For our lovely niece, Stacey, whose smile, positive attitude,
courage and devotion to family and friends was seen and felt
by so many of us. Stacey will live in our hearts forever.
Aunt Diane and Uncle Nick"
"I’m so sorry to hear this sad news. My memories of Stacy always include her broad smile and positivity. I see that exuberant spirit reflected in all of the pictures and I know you are mourning her loss greatly. My thoughts and prayers go out to you, her family and dear friends."
"Dear Peter, Alex, Robbie, Uncle Bob and Aunt Peg,
Sending love from Ohio. We have been praying for you and reminiscing of our younger days hanging with cousins at Grandma Krok's. Peter, you are a much beloved outlaw in this Krok (and extended family! ) Please know you have our love and support!"
"To Peter, Alex, Robbie, Peggy, Bob and family,
We extend out deepest sympathy in this very difficult time. Our heartfelt prayers go out to all of you. Stacey was a true blessing to all who knew her. Her family can be so proud of how she lived her life and cared for others. It was an honor to know her. May God bless and comfort you. Joe and Andrea"
"Dave and I send love to all the family especially Peter and the children. Stacey was such a bright light in all of our lives. I always feel uplifted in her presence and feel so lucky to have her as a friend. I agree with Sara that I will miss Stacey's laugh. It was contagious and brilliant. I already miss you."
"Dear Bob, Peggy and family, Our hearts and prayers go out to you at this difficult time. Stacey was an accomplished, loving daughter and sister who will always be with you. May her memory bring you love and joy always. God bless. Love and cherish your darling grandsons. Love Dick and Bernadette"
"Jan and I send our condolences to Peter, the children, Bob and Peggy, and the entire family. Stacey was so full of life she made you smile. We witnessed her grow from a cute little girl to a beautiful woman. Our hearts are sad but we know she is in a better place without suffering. God Bless the family."
"So sad to hear. My thoughts and condolences goes to the family. As a father of three, I can too well feel their pain and grief. Pål"
"To the family and many friends of Stacey. May her love of life,and family help you through this difficult time.
Bob and Norine"
"I am so sorry to hear of your loss. I really enjoyed getting to know Stacey in school. She was such a nice person. Very sad to hear of her passing."
"Stacey - You are one the most upbeat and positive people I know. You are a great mother, wife and friend. I will always remember some of your sayings - my favorite being, "that's fair". Much Love to you forever. Shawna"
"I will always remember your smiles. - Coco"
"To all those who Stacey touched with her presence I invite them celebrate her life and to remember her always. Let's not "kill her memory" imagening that she is no longer with us. She will forever be with us in spirit. We just have to remember and love her the same way we did when she went on a trip. This time a little longer but to the same familiar place we all will visit. All my love to you, Stacey and to your family. You will forever be in my thoughts as if you never left."
"To my best friend Stacey: if there is one thing out of the million things I will miss the most, it's your laugh. So authentic, so full of joy, so uniquely you. Thank you for being there for me, for the encouragement, the hugs, and the slaps upside the head when I needed them. Thank you for welcoming me and my family into your life and making us part of your family. We will keep our memories of you close, and Peter and the boys even closer. Forever yours - Sara"
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