Stephanie Marie Dario, 55: A courage that inspired

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SCARBOROUGH — Stephanie Marie Dario, 55, died Sept. 30 at the Gosnell Memorial Hospice House after a seven-year battle with a rare form of cancer.  

Dario was born Dec. 2, 1956, the daughter of Barbara A. Carey and Alan W. Philbrick, in Waltham, Mass. She moved to Rumford, graduating from St. John’s Parochial School and Rumford High School, where she was active in clubs, sports and cheerleading.  

She enjoyed psychology, and as early as high school began a lifelong study of understanding people, which led to a career she loved. After attending Rutgers University and the University of Maine, she began work as a business consultant in training and development at Boise Cascade Paper Company in Rumford. Her career included jobs as a project manager for Bass Shoe in Falmouth and a training and development specialist for Hannaford Brothers in Scarborough. 

After moving to Rhode Island, she served as manager of training and development for the G Tech Corp. Private consulting was also a part of her career that brought her great satisfaction, and she consulted for small businesses and friends. As a lifelong learner, she always considered her work to be a wonderful part of her life.

She married Lawrence Dario in June 1991, and a year later the couple had a daughter, Dove Steffi Dario.

Dario is predeceased by her maternal grandparents, Romeo and Rolande Brown, of Augusta; paternal grandparents Ralph and Louise Philbrick, of Rangeley; stepfather Edward J. Carey, of Scarborough; and a cousin, Stephen C. Merrill, of Portland.  

She is survived by her daughter, Dove Steffi Dario, of South Portland; her mother, Barbara Ann (Brown) Carey, of Scarborourgh; her father, Alan Whitten Philbrick, of Rangeley; sisters Valerie Ann Philbrick and Marie Alane Philbrick, of Portland; her aunt, Jacqueline, and her husband, Fred J. Merrill, of Saco; her uncle, Terence D. Brown, of Newton, Mass.; her cousin, Julie, and her husband, Timothy Robbins, of Cape Elizabeth; cousin Gregory F. Merrill, of Boston; cousin Richard J. Merill of Santa Barbara, Calif.; her uncle and aunt, Gilbert and Terry Philbrick, of Warren; cousin Thomas E. Philbrick, of Rangeley; cousin Jack E. Philbrick and family, of California; cousin Bert A. Philbrick and family of Rockland; her uncle, John Philbrick, and his wife, Paula, of Virginia; cousins Ralph Philbrick, Tina Philbrick Ewing and Sarah Philbrick, of Virginia; brother-in-law and sister-in-law Roy and Kathleen Dario, of Lynnfield, Mass.; nephews Christopher, Matthew and Connor Dario, of Lynnfield, Mass.; and her aunt, Jody Russell Philbrick, of Rangeley.
A funeral will be held Friday, Oct. 5, at 11 a.m. at St. Maximilian Kolbe Church, 150 Black Point Road, Scarborough. Burial will be at Calvary Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, a Mass card may be offered in Dario’s memory or a donation made to the Gosnell Memorial Hospice House, 180 U.S. Route 1, Suite 1, Scarborough, ME 04074.