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- After a Loss
Anastasia (aka. Stasia) Alexandra HabenichtJanuary 13, 1971 ~ June 3, 2017 (age 46)
Anastasia Alexandra Habenicht (aka. Stasia)
January 13, 1971 - June 3, 2017
The first beautiful daughter of Charles and Alexandra Habenicht, Stasia was born on January 13, 1971 at Porter Hospital in Denver, CO. From the beginning she loved learning and was always there for anyone in need. Her Kindergarten teacher said “She was a leader, she led from behind”. Her middle school teacher said of Stasia, “Still Waters Run Deep”.
The graduated from Englewood HS, Co-Valedictorian in 1989 where she performed in orchestra, choirs and musicals, was head cheerleader, and where she also met her love and future husband, Scott Miller. Stasia and Scott were married in September of 1997. From their love, Stasia became the dedicated and proud mother to her two children (the loves of her life), Aubrey (age 17) and Aiden (age 14).
An avid learner, Stasia was curious about outer space throughout her lifetime. After writing papers about explorations on Mars in high school, Stasia continued to fuel her passion for the stars and planets by earning a Bachelor of Science with distinction in Mechanical Engineering with Aerospace Emphasis, from Cornell University, Ithaca, NY in 1993. She received a Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering, from State University of NY, Binghamton, NY in 1999.
After graduation, Stasia was hired into a selective leadership program by GE Aerospace in Binghamton, NY. This eventually transitioned into her career as an Aerospace/Aeronautics Engineer at Lockheed Martin in Littleton, CO.
Throughout her 22 year career at Lockheed Martin, Stasia worked on various programs, including the X33, the Crew Transfer Vehicle (CTV), and the 2 Generation Reusable Launch Vehicle (2GRLV). However, the programs that ignited her passions the most were the missions that manifested her younger dreams of exploring Mars. She operated as a key leader in payload integration and software for Phoenix (beaming when it landed safely on Mars surface), MAVEN, and OSIRIS-REx. Throughout her career, her dedication and expertise were consistently highlighted by customers, co-workers, and management. She was honored with awards from Lockheed Martin and NASA including a NOVA award for exceptional engineering. NASA even named an asteroid after her!
Stasia was not only committed to science and exploration in deep space, but also dedicated to inspire other people to thrive and excel. She was a volunteer for GESTEM – Girls Exploring Science Technology Engineering and Math, Girls Inc., chaired the WIN -Women’s Intrinsic Network, and was a Representative for the Space Systems Company Diversity Council. As a volunteer, she offered her services as a Space Day Ambassador in local elementary/middle/high school presentations in Denver Area Schools, and for Mars Bus Experience at the Denver Art Museum. She was also an assistant leader of Girl Scouts, a Technical Appraiser for Destination Imagination, and at one time was even the VP of the Piranhas swim team!
Beyond her career accomplishments, nothing shined brighter than Stasia’s graciousness with others. Her heart was huge and she was always finding ways to offer a helping hand, a word of support, or a little kick in the butt when someone needed inspiration. She was playful and enjoyed the silly moments in life.
Some of her life-adorations included:
Her whole family and friends
Aubrey, Aiden, Scott, her sweet pups: Cricket, Hazel, Skinner and Zoe, and her Gecko, Lisa
Stars, Planets, Science, and Space exploration
Performing and Fine Arts
Her sister Tania’s music
Flowers and Food Gardens
Believing in others ability to achieve
Nature and the outdoors
Camping and hiking
Stasia died unexpectedly on the morning of June 3, 2017. She had been on a journey with cancer, and for many reasons, did not want many people to know and kept her journey very quiet and sacred. She was at home and with her husband/best-friend, Scott Miller when she left her body. She lived a full, abundant, and amazing life and she carried an authentic smile, sweet grace, a sense of humor, and a deep sense of gratitude for all who knew her and loved her (whether they knew of her journey or not) up until her final transition.
In lieu of flowers Stasia's dream was for her children, Aubrey and Aiden, to attend college.
As an expression of sympathy, support and love, memorial contributions may be direct to Aubrey and Aiden's CollegeInvest 529 college savings plan. Please follow this link http://Ugift529.com and use the codes below to make your contribution via electronic funds transfer or check. Your contribution is deeply appreciated!
Aubrey - X1M-L3M
Aiden - D35-Y16
Her physical presence is deeply missed and her life will be joyously celebrated by all the lives she touched. Her spirit lives on in the Universe and in our hearts.
A Memorial will be held to celebrate Stasia on Tuesday, June 13, 2 PM – 3:30 PM
All who feel called to celebrate, are invited and encouraged to attend.
The service will be held the Denver University Campus (2000 E Asbury Ave, Denver, CO) in the Davis Auditorium located inside Sturm Hall.
Follow the signs for parking in lot "L" to the East of Sturm Hall. (see link for map)
PLEASE PLAN TO ARRIVE EARLY! It will take some time to park and walk over to Sturm Hall. Anyone needing handicap parking or ADA access can park or be dropped off on the West side of Sturm Hall. This can only be accessed from West bound Evans by turning right just after going under the foot bridge.
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Following the service will be a reception for close friends and family at their home.