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Kristine Dayton Stapelman

May 27, 1947 - Jan. 4, 2021

Date of Service: Jan. 11, 2021

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PAUL – On Monday, January 4, 2021, after spending the holidays surrounded by her family, Kristine Dayton Stapelman, 73, passed away peacefully in her home from complications related to a stroke.

Kristine was born on May 27, 1947, in Rexburg, Idaho, to Charles Dean and Bernice Hiatt Dayton. She was their firstborn, soon joined by a sister and later three brothers. Kristine spent her young childhood in the St. Anthony/Wilford, Idaho area where she had many especially fond memories of time spent with extended family there, in particular with her grandmother and great-grandmother. When she was nine years old, her dad’s name was drawn in a Veteran’s Homestead Lottery and their family moved to Paul to clear and farm the 120 acres awarded to them. She learned to work hard on her family’s farm and they remained in the Paul area.

Kristine attended school in Paul and graduated from Minico High School in 1965. Later that fall she started attending Ricks College in Rexburg, Idaho. She married her high school sweetheart Daniel Lewis Stapelman on July 12, 1966, in the Idaho Falls, Idaho Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Kristine and Dan lived in Logan, Utah briefly before moving back to Paul where they began farming and raising their family of seven children. Kristine’s greatest joy was being a homemaker and her family was her world. In addition to her love for her own children and family, she always had a very special gift for nurturing babies and children in general and many besides her own were drawn to her by her kind, sweet, gentle nature. Kristine was the most loving, doting grandmother to her grandchildren and great-grandchildren and she found her most joy being surrounded by them and having them in her home.

Kristine was a faithful, active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She was deeply spiritual and her devotion and commitment to her religion was one of the great hallmarks of her life. She loved church service and served in a variety of roles over the years, including the children’s, youth, scouting and women’s organizations.

Kristine was preceded in death by her parents. She is survived by her husband, Dan Stapelman of Paul; her children, Tonya (Marty) Van Tassell of Paul; Tod (Darby) Stapelman of Rexburg, Idaho; Tosha Stapelman (John) Rea of Edmond, Oklahoma; Tarra Stapelman of Denver, Colorado; Trevor (Jodi) Stapelman of Burley; Travis (Jessica) Stapelman of Paul; Telynn (Tyler) Hurst of Burley; and her siblings, Regina (Max) Twiss, Reed (Trudy) Dayton, Brent (Kathy) Dayton, Dennis (Kim) Dayton; 24 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

All who knew Kristine dearly loved her. She embodied Christ-like love and service and gave her whole heart and soul in service to her neighbors and family. We will always remember her lovely smile and the warmth of her tender embrace. She had grace and beauty to her core and while our hearts ache to say goodbye to her so soon, we find some solace in knowing that she was warmly welcomed into heaven by a sweet reunion with her parents and other loved ones.

The funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, Jan. 11, at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints - Paul Stake Center, 424 W. Ellis St., with Bishop Dean Stevenson officiating. Burial will be in Paul Cemetery.

Friends may call from 5 until 7 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 10, at Rasmussen-Wilson Funeral Home, 1350 E. 16th St., in Burley, and at the church on Monday from 10 until 10:45 a.m.

A live webcast of the Funeral Service will be available at the following link: https://youtu.be/oyICm7Fw1jQ.

For those attending the viewing or funeral service, the wearing of face masks will be required and social distancing will be observed.

Condolences for Kristine Dayton Stapelman

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From Sandra Stevens:
Jim and I watched and listened to Kristine’s beautiful service from our home in Gilbert, AZ. So much love from her family and children in every word. As former neighbors, we loved Kristine too.
From Arlen and Judy Woodward:
As Arlen and I listened to the live feed, we felt the overwhelming spirit of love and truth of the Lord's plan. We were brought to tears as tributes of Kristine's legacy were shared. They were tears of saying goodbye for a short time, of realizing the love and kindness that she shared with u,s and of feeling the strong spirit your family emanated. She taught you well. We love Kristine and her beautiful family. I (Judy) worked with Kristine in a few callings...she always taught me love, devotion and patience as we worked side by side. She is a one in a million!
From Ellouise Gebauer-atkins :
So sorry to hear about Kristine's.passing. We had a lot of fun in high school. She was so kind and sweet.
From Jenice Condie:
What a beautiful service and tribute to such an amazing woman. I'm so sorry for your loss. She has left a great legacy to her entire family, children and grandchildren. I'll be praying for peace and comfort for each of you. With much love and hugs.
From Laurianne Stevenson :
Kristine embodied kindness. I loved being near her and her gentle way. She always made me feel that I mattered most when we would visit, just like her siblings. My love and sympathy to the Stapleman/Dayton family.
From Kevin and Johanna Anderson:
Such a beautiful tribute to a wonderful person. Kristine certainly instilled love into her family and it was felt so strongly throughout the service. She was always so sweet to all. We send prayers for her family to feel peace and comfort at this time.
From Jami (Baumgartner) Roisum:
One of my favorite memories of Sister Stapelman will always be her Sister Friendly from primary. I loved when she’d leave the primary room to go fetch her special guest and come back with her many- pocketed apron. She was such a great example of serving with love and her smile lit up a room! She made primary memorable for me.
From Jerrilynn Richards:
My heart has been sad since hearing of Kristine's passing. Please know I admired her and so enjoyed our interactions with her kind and gentle way. I'll miss that. May Heavenly Father bless you in the coming days.
From Sharen and Bob Stoker:
Our thoughts and best wishes go out to Dan, their family, and the Dayton family, especially Brent and Kathy our dear brother in law and sister. Love you all very much!
From Elena Kim:
This is so painful to learn that Kristine has passed away. Dear Dan, dear Stapelman family, my thoughts and prayers are with you. You are an amazing family. I am so thankful that I had the blessing to live with you during my exchange year. Kristine changed my life, my dreams during this time. Watching her kindness, love and grace inspired me to become better, to long for different things in life - to aspire to build a loving household, be kind, be true. And I knew then it was possible because I watched it in your family. I have so many cherished memories from that time: from daily routine to magical holiday times. Kristine gave me strength, broadened my mind, always supported me. I felt such love. But the biggest gift - she inspired me by her example. I am so thankful for the way she lighted my life.
From Efraín & Alma Juárez:
I'm so sorry for your loss. My thoughts are with your family. Prayers are being sent out to the family. Rest in peace Kristine.
From Germaine Washington:
I met Mrs. Kristine one time and immediately feel in love. She had such a joyous spirit and soul. Tarra and I frequently joked that she was my mom too! My sincere condolences on the loss of such a beautiful (inside & out) woman. Your family is in my thoughts and prayers.
From Terry L.Brower:
Kristine was the benchmark for kindness and compassion.Her smile always welcomed you into her world.She always had a twinkle in her eyes.She made the world a better place.
From Wanda Ashcraft Losee:
Kristine was always smiling and kind to all. She will be remembered by many whose lives she touched. She was a wonderful lady. My thoughts and prayers for her family.
From Ilene Serr Kerbs :
I have always admired Kristine and her genuine sweetness to everyone. She was very kind to everyone. Very Christlike. We can all use her example in our lives. I’m sure she is having a great reunion with loved ones and my sincere condolences go out to Dan and all of her children and grandchildren.
From Louisa Möller:
During my time as an exchange student I spent with the Van Tassell family Kristine "Nami" always treated me like I was one of her grandchildren. She was one of the most loving, warm hearted and caring persons I've met in my life so far. She always made me feel very welcome in her family. My prayers go out to the whole family.
From Jeff and Kim Harper:
Kristine is a faithful disciple of Jesus Christ. She personifies the principles of hope, faith, and charity. Our lives are better for knowing her.
From Michelle Beech Blake (cousin):
Kristine was an angel on earth. Her beauty and kind, sweet spirit touched all that knew her. She has raised a beautiful family and her example will live on through each of them. Praying that Danny and family will feel peace and comfort through the coming days as you gather to celebrate the life of this special wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, cousin and friend. We love you all!
From Ruth (Braegger) Morera:
I knew Kristine in high school and even though it was eons ago, I will always remember her of one of the kindest people I have ever known. I’m so sorry for your loss.
From Penne Main:
Lifting your family in prayer
From Ray W. Patterson:
Kristine was kind to us all and a very pleasant person to be around. I am sure Dan and the family will miss her but it is but a graduation from this life and you all will be with her again.
From Tia Collett Mullins:
Kris, you will be greatly missed. As a little girl I always knew when You and Regina got on the bus you would be dressed to the nines and look as though you had just come from a beauty shop. Some of our kids were the same age and it was great getting to watch them grow up. I will miss your beautiful smile and sweet disposition. You will leave a large hole. Prayers for your family.
From Patti Dayton Crapo:
I’m sure Kristine will be missed. I remember the day Uncle Dean and Aunt Bernice moved their family to the Burley/Paul area. There were many tears shed. I always admired Kristine’s natural beauty and what a loving wife, mother, daughter, sister and grandmother she was. Her family and the gospel of Jesus Christ were her life. Sending love and prayers to Danny and all the “T” children, also to Regina, Reed, Brent and Dennis.
From Jim Collett:
It has been many years since a group of young homestead kids were put together at Paul elementary and Jr. High school. We were from all over, friendships were created that have lasted a life time.
Kristine was one of those neat young ladies. All the boys fell in love with and she would talk to all of us and we always felt better when we had visited with her. What a special lady and she knew the Gospel was true and lived her life accordingly. Alot of young men were very jealous of Danny and his new bride. It was great to be around this lady that made you feel good for just knowing her. My heart goes out to her family. May they all be blessed in there loss.
From Audrey (Grant) Cannon:
I am so sad to hear of this news. I am thankful to have known her and to be able to call her my friend. My thoughts are with your family. Rest In Peace my sweet Friend
From Glenn and Susan Hunsaker:
We were saddened to hear of Kristines passing. Our thoughts and heartfelt prayers go out for you Dan and all of your family.
From Dave & Connie (Beaver) Stansbury:
Many thoughts and prayers are being sent out to the family. She was such a sweet and kind Lady. With Deepest sympathy, comfort and peace.
From Lottie Hurst:
Sending love and prayers to all at this time ,may you have love and pease at this time ,love Lottie
From Mary K. Garro:
Wishing you strength and peace during this hard time of losing your sweet wife/mom. You’ll remain in my thoughts and prayers. Was so glad to get to know and visit her during high school years of the Stapleman kids. Was blessed with many special conversations. Love to your family.
From Sandra Stevens:
Our deepest sympathies go out to you and your family. May God give you the peace that you seek.
From David and Sandie Warren:
Dear Dan, we grieve with you and mourn the lost of your sweet Kristine. May you and your family be blessed with comfort and peace. God Bless you.
From Gene and Dianna Hansen:

Our hearts are heavy this morning knowing that Kristine has gone to the other side of the veil. She has been a great example for us as she has been such a special lady. We love her and her good husband and all of their family, they have been our true friends for many years. We hope that we can live as she lived, give as she gave, love as she loved. She set such a great example to us. We know she knew the Savior, we know she loved her Heavenly Father and He loved her as well. She truly was a great example for all of us. We love her.

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