Debra Kaye Steward, of East Berlin, PA, and Sterling, passed away suddenly at her home near East Berlin, PA, on April 2, 2020. Debra was born on October 2, 1962, in Portsmouth. She was the daughter of Kenneth Edward Krantz Sr. and Thelma Marian (Lindsay) Krantz. Debra spent most of her youth in Annapolis, MD. She graduated from Annapolis Senior High School in 1980. In 1985, Debra started work for the U.S. Department of the Transportation. She spent the first 20 years at Federal Railroad Administration and the latter 14 years at Federal Highway Administration. Debra routinely earned “exceeds expectations” during her career. Debra retired from the Department of Transportation on January 31, 2019.
On December 18, 1993, she married William Bruce Steward. They became parents to Patrick Aaron Steward on October 5, 1996. After her marriage, Debra spent 25 years in Northern Virginia (three in Herndon and 22 in Ster-ling). Debra and family moved to Lake Meade, East Berlin, PA, in early 2019. Debra’s passions include music, cooking, language, and family. At the age of 11, Debra received her first piano. From that point on, she mastered playing the piano. In 2019, Debra’s dream of owning a baby grand piano came true. Besides piano, Debra loved a wide variety of music and was very good at singing. Debra went to over 80 Grateful Dead concerts. Debra mastered cooking at a young age and through her early jobs. Debra had a talent for being able to cook or bake recipes without use of a recipe card or page. Debra spoke English, Spanish, and French fluently. Debra always desired to have family gatherings. Prior to her death, Debra was the primary caretaker of her parents and helped take care of her husband’s 104-year-old grandmother. Debra is survived by her husband, William B. Steward of East Berlin, PA; son, Patrick A. Steward of East Berlin, PA; par-ents, Kenneth E. and Thelma M. Krantz of Mount Airy, MD; brother, Kenneth E. (Judith B.) Krantz Jr. of Crownsville, MD; nephews, Joseph and Adam Krantz, and Jess (Anna) and Seth Jacobson; aunt, Beverly Richardson; uncle, Norman (Linda) Lindsay; uncle Alex (Sue) Lindsay; grand-mother-in-law, Lois Rowe; the family cats (Sapphire and B.W.); and numerous cous-ins and other relatives. A celebration of life and inurnment will be scheduled at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to ECHO (https://echoworks.org/donors/) (P.O. BOX 2277, LEESBURG, VA 20177).