Lois Evelyn McGaughey Stepich was born Feb. 16, 1942, to Phyllis Olson McGaughey and Emil Rankin McGaughey in East Chicago, Ind.

She grew up in Highland, Ind., graduating from Highland High School before earning her degree from Indiana University. While at Indiana, she met Joseph Stepich, and they married in 1964. They settled in Flossmoor, Ill., where they raised their children, Suzanne and Greg. After retiring, they moved to Watervliet, becoming a part of the Paw Paw Lake community.