Andrea “Drea” Stenger

March 18, 1979 ‒ June 21, 2020

Mount Vernon, Ohio

Andrea (Drea) Stenger, 41, of Mount Vernon passed away on Sunday, June 21, 2020 at the Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital in Columbus.  She was born on March 18, 1979 in Mount Vernon to Earl F. Stenger III and the late Brenda (Izenberg) Stenger.

Andrea was a member of Saint Vincent de Paul Catholic Church.  She was a great artist, loved the outdoors, going fishing, traveling, and vacationing at the beach.  Andrea had a great love for all animals, especially her cats.  She was skilled in many trades and could fix almost anything.  Andrea always enjoyed spending time with her family and friends.

Andrea is survived by her parents, Earl and Linda Stenger of Fredericktown;  Naomi (Sis) and her husband, Mike Heckman of Howard; nieces, Amanda Rickey of North Carolina and Cynthia Rickey of Howard; paternal grandmother, Phyllis Heindl of Mount Vernon; maternal grandmother, Lenore Mick of Utica;  and many aunts, uncles and cousins.

In addition to her mother, Andrea was preceded in death by her paternal grandfather, Earl F. Stenger II.

The family will have a private family service.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the Mount Vernon Cat Shelter in Andrea’s name.

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  • Stenger family,
    I met Andrea when she was a student in my Composition class at COTC. I admired her brutal honesty , her humor and creativity. While our paths only crossed a few times in the past couple of years, I always hoped for her success and happiness.
    I extend my sympathy to your family and her friends. She is gone too soon.

    Marcia Orsborn

  • I am so sorry to hear this awful news. She was always so sweet, and full of life. Hugs and prayers to all her friends and family. Sending you my love Naomi.❤️😪

  • Andrea was a loving and caring friend. There wasn’t anything you couldn”t ask her and get an educated answer. She is greatly missed.

  • She was a good women everytime she walked the alley she would stop at our house we would sit on our front porch we would sit there hrs she would have her cat going to missed by alot of people so sorry for your loss

  • My daughter Heather and Andrea loved each other very much, they had their ups and downs but that’s what keeps you together, my last conversation with Andrea was….. Don’t look back! move forward. I also gotten to say good bye to her. I thank her for showing my daughter adventures. We miss you Andrea and you will ALWAYS be in our hearts.

  • Andrea was one of the sweetest people I have ever known. Her and I sat on the bench in front of my work one day talking and I was amazed at how many people she interacted with making each and every one of them smile. I had commented that she didnt know a stranger, she was everyone’s friend. She told me she tried her best to give every person she crossed paths with a reason to smile. It could be a joke. A compliment, helping carry bags or holding the door…she told me some people may have no reason to smile and that was the difference she wanted to make in the world. If only for a second, she wanted everyone to feel happy and feel special. She definitely touched my life and would always make me smile. I’m going to miss her so much. My nickname for her was sweet little annie. My prayers to all who knew her and loved her. Rest in Peace Sweet girl

  • I knew Drea in high school, and later reconnected with her on Facebook. I remember her as a quick-witted, super friendly, down to earth person, with a huge heart. She laughed easy, and she was hilarious herself. I know her health hadn’t been the greatest recently, but I didn’t know she was so sick. I wish nothing but love to her close friends and family in this horrible time.

  • Andrea was definitely a special woman. She lived her life everyday with a smile on her face. She used to tell me she was going to change the world one smile at a time I would just giggle and we take off on the adventure for that day . Drea definitely made even the saddest person smile she just had that personality .her upbeat way of life with Drea there was never a dull moment. she is going to be missed very much. I had moved away years ago and lost touch with her but when I came back for a visit I saw her and it seemed like we had never had been apart same ole friends just goofing off and laughing she was one of my closest friends growing up and she is missed greatly.

  • We are so sorry to hear of Andrea’s passing. She was a kind soul. I will always remember her and Adam playing Ninja Turtles! With our sympathy.

  • Oh Drea.
    This breaks my heart. In a small town, without much “scope for the imagination” you were a wonderful light that brightened several of my years. I remember you understanding me on a deeper level and always meeting me with real compassion. I wish you were still with us all. I’ll always remember you with so much love.

  • so sad and sorry to hear of Andrea’s untimely passing and deepest condolences to Andrea’s family and friends…..Andrea was a friend of my daughter and a regular visitor to our home in Mount Vernon…..

    I’ll never forget some special words of wisdom, well beyond her years, that she surprised me with…..

    she was one of our extended Mount Vernon family to show up and help us move and say farewell when we moved out west….. much love and memories endure…

  • Rest in sweet peace, Andrea. Unique, genuine, honest and humorous…you gave of yourself fully. What a blessing it was to see you after so many years this past Christmas. I’m so grateful for the hug we shared and precious connection we made in that moment of time. May the love that you shared surround you now and forever, and may the joy and laughter you inspired be your portion eternally. Lifting prayers and sending love to her beloved family and dearest friends.

  • I worked with Andrea. She was so funny and so full of life. We had some ups and some downs but I loved her dearly. She was so sweet, she’d do anything for anyone. She was always trying to help when she seen someone in need. She had a beautiful soul. I’m gonna miss her so much. R.I.P. Andrea I love you always my sweet friend.

  • Andrea was my step sister and she will be forever GREATLY missed and loved!! Fly high Angel!! I love you 💔😭🙏

  • Drea…where to start. Well I have known you ever since I was a little girl as you were one of my bubbys best friends! Adam loved you so much, we all did. I remember you always calling me little Fox or baby sister. I will always remember you brushing my hair for hours at a time, all the drum circles and your love of music and all arts! I remember the first time I saw you after moving back here I ran up to you and called you Drea and the girl with you tried to correct me. You were fast to explain I was allowed to call you Drea because that’s who you were to me lol we all including her laughed so hard. My kids adored you and are sad that you are gone. But they understand you get to go see all the loved ones you have missed so much and now their uncle Adam has you by his side again. I will miss you but I know we will dance together again in the promised land! Love you sister you were one of a kind.

  • Earl and Linda, I am so sorry for your loss. I know she will be greatly missed. I remember her from the campgrounds. She always had a smile for me. Prayers…

  • Andrea was such a sweet soul, always smiles no matter what. She will be sadly missed and always lovingly remembered.

  • My heart is heavy this morning Speedy Turtle! I heard you beat the rabbit to heavens gate! I had stopped by a few times last week and couldn’t find you! Now I know why! You once asked me what I remember most about our friendship! I remember sleeping under the full blue moon and watching it’s brilliance! I remember the upside down tree, I remember being 5 deep with cops because you wanted to dance in the street while the sun was coming up. I remember your bicycle parts addiction! I remember the way you laugh, the way you smile, the way you and I bickered, all the while, being so upset that we upset each other! The way you had to say goodbye to each cat for 10 minutes each, before we could go anywhere, going to church and you stood up and screamed “FREEDOM!” (I have the CD) oh, so many many memories. My heart is heavy! I truly thought you were one of the most real, unique, artistic, and colorful individuals I had ever come across! I’m very heavy hearted to hear about your passing, and I wasn’t there! I will not be able to forgive myself for this one! I love you! …… Until we meet again, I am blessed to have known you, and to have a piece of you! I have Bagheera! the black kitty that you insisted I take! Then you resisted to give me because of your love for him, I’m glad you realized I needed him more, apparently! Btw, before he was weaned from his mother, I had put a blue tie-die cloth bracket on him to know he was mine. When I would come over the collar would be off because you didn’t want the collar upsetting him, to make him think he was different, or upsetting the other kitties! What is strange, to me today, is over the course of the last month, I have bought him a few collars, because they keep disappearing from around his neck, when I let him outside!!! I see you Andrea! You know we both see things others don’t comprehend!!! Tell me lady, are you here???? I can only hope and pray! Thank you for being my friend! You are forever in my heart! Tears just won’t stop flowing!!!!

  • I will always remember Andrea! She was quite young with long blonde hair when I met her through my daughter. For awhile, I saw her quite often and she always gave hugs and was so glad to see us. I remember dancing with her on the tables at Banana Joe’s a few times. She was always smiling unless things were not going well. Even then, she eventually had a smile. Hadn’t seen her for awhile, but so sad to know she isn’t in our world anymore. Praying for peace and comfort for her family and friends.

    Kathy Brooks

  • I would like to say that we had our ups and downs but she made me laugh and she had a good heart she made me a plaque and I will always treasure it because she thought of me she lived a cross the street from me and I am glad That I got to know her she will be missed and before she started to move she said to me Arleen I miss my mom and I wish that I could see her again will sweet Andrea now you are in heavens arms now and with your Dear mom I love and I am going to miss you my friend so I wanted to say to her family that I am sending my love and prayers to you in this time of sadness and may god bless you all.

  • My deepest condolences to family and friends of Andrea. I went to school with her at St Vincent de Paul. We were close friends until I moved away and we wrote each other for years after. I’ll always remember her as a beautiful, caring friend. Rest In Peace my old friend.

  • Earl and Linda,
    I was sorry to hear that Andrea had passed.
    It’s one thing when you lose your parents, but it’s
    another thing, when you lose your daughter.
    My condolences.