Steffani A. Hommes, L.C.P.C. (nee Vizdal), a private practice therapist and a longtime Special Olympics Coach, left an indelible mark on the lives of those she touched. Tragically, at the age of 34, Steffani’s journey was cut short in a car accident, leaving family, friends, and clients mourning the loss of a compassionate soul.
Born to Robert and Virginia Vizdal, Steffani was not only a beloved wife to Brad Hommes but also a cherished sister to Michelle Stankevicius and Jackie McCabe. Her role as an adored aunt extended to Matthew, Lily, Zoey, Maxx, Avery, Wynn, Willow, and Wren. Steffani’s warmth and love were felt not only within her immediate family but also as a cherished granddaughter, niece, and cousin to many.
As a proud fur-mom to Caesar, Buddy, Juneau, Mulberry, Penny, and Lightning, Steffani’s compassion extended to her four-legged companions, adding an extra layer of warmth to her life.
Steffani’s commitment to making a positive impact went beyond her therapy sessions. She dedicated significant time to coaching Special Olympics athletes, leaving an enduring legacy of kindness, encouragement, and empowerment.
The news of Steffani’s passing has brought forth an outpouring of grief and remembrance. David Charles Morgan, one of her clients, shared a poignant tribute, describing Steffani as more than just a therapist. In his words, “The world lost a bright, beautiful, shining light this weekend.”
Morgan reflected on Steffani’s unique ability to blend love and challenge, kindness and humor. Steffani wasn’t just a therapist; she was a guide, asking the hard questions and providing the support needed to face them. Through their sessions, Morgan discovered a deeper understanding of himself and found the courage to be vulnerable.
Expressing the difficulty of mourning a therapist, Morgan acknowledged the profound impact Steffani had on his life. Despite not being a family member or a close friend in the conventional sense, Steffani held a significant place in Morgan’s heart.
“The irony is the person who could help me navigate this journey… is Steffani,” Morgan shared. He pledged to continue the personal growth work they started together, honoring Steffani’s memory by striving to better himself each day.
Steffani’s memorial visitation is scheduled for Saturday, January 6, 2024, from 1 p.m. until the time of the service at 5 p.m. at the Robert J. Sheehy & Sons Funeral Home in Orland Park, IL. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the Special Olympics, emphasizing Steffani’s commitment to uplifting others.
As we bid farewell to Steffani, we remember her as a beacon of light, a compassionate therapist, and a dedicated coach. Her legacy lives on in the hearts of those she touched, and the lessons she imparted will continue to guide and inspire. May Steffani Hommes rest in grace and love, forever remembered for the profound impact she had on the lives she touched.