Stephen M. Staniland

April 15, 1988 - March 27, 2022

Visitation: Thursday 2-4 & 6-8 p.m.; Devlin Funeral Home of Cranberry twp.

Service: Mass of Christian Burial in Sts. John & Paul Church Friday 10:00 a.m. Everyone please meet at Church

Stephen Matthew Staniland passed away on Sunday, March 27th. He is survived by his loving parents, William Staniland and Diane (Arena) Staniland, his brother Adam Staniland (and wife Jordan), sister Alyssa Staniland (and husband Douglas Heckmann), maternal Grandmother Esther Arena and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.

Stephen grew up in Cranberry Twp. He spent his high school years playing soccer. He loved his family, sports, cooking (especially anything including ranch dressing and cheese), and adventuring. His love of exploration took him to National Parks all across the United States and Central America. He especially loved living in Alaska and traveling to Arches, Joshua Tree and Zion National Parks to name a few. Climbing, rappelling, hiking and skiing were some of his favorite things. He was a beautiful soul who cared so much for his family, friends and the beautiful earth that he roamed. He will be greatly missed.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to
The National Park Service:
Alaska Whale Foundation:
Keep Climbing Foundation:
Western Pennsylvania Alliance of Recovery Residences (reach out to Leo to donate):
Pittsburgh Sober Living:

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  • Kara Villafranca

    I was sitting here thinking about my first cousin tonight and decided to Google him more than a week after attending his funeral and found this beautiful obituary. Oh Steve, I was inspired by your adventurous spirit and followed you as best I could. You were a sweet cousin and I still remember your first soccer game ever. You sucked! Lol Then you ended up an MVP. So proud of you, and so sorry for your struggles. I loved you and will deeply miss you.
    Uncle Bill, Aunt Diane, Adam and Alyssa, my deepest sympathies. I have so many amazing memories of all of us having fun together. Nothing will take those memories away. I pray simply for comfort and sweet memories. Love you guys so much❤️

  • The Byrnes Family

    Bill, Diane, Adam and Alyssa,
    We are so sorry to hear of Steve’s passing. It seems like yesterday that the kids were Power Rangers in the front yard. He lived a life of adventure to the fullest. The world is a darker place without his illuminating smile.
    God Bless you all,
    Rich, Barb, Amanda and RJ

  • Eric Dunbar

    You were one of my best friends. This one hurts, Rest In Peace.

  • Betsy Knittle

    My deepest sympathy

  • Dick & Ann Thomas

    Our love for you and your family continues as you deal with the loss of Stephen. Our thoughts will be with you in the months and years ahead.
    Ann & Dick

  • Karen Tarolli

    Dear Diane, Bill, Adam, Alyssa and your entire family I am so very sorry for your loss. I am at a loss for words and my heart is breaking for you. Sending my heartfelt sympathies 💔

  • Jacqueline J Jockel

    Dear Bill and Diane, Adam, and Alyssa: Our hearts are saddened to hear about the passing of Stephen. No words we say can ease the pain, but please know you are in our thoughts and we are surrounding you with our prayers.
    With love,
    Greg and Jacqi

  • Bob and Anita Ritenour

    Bill and Diane, Adam and Jordan and Alyssa and Doug

    Words seem inadequate to express how we
    feel, but please know you are in our
    thoughts. Stephen, very softly, tiptoed into
    our world, almost silently and only a
    moment he stayed. But what an
    imprint his footsteps have left
    upon our hearts.
    Rest In Peace, Stephen. ❤️

  • Terri Morder

    My deepest sympathies to the entire Staniland family. My son was good friends with Steve and Steve spent many times at our house. My heart breaks for all of you. Ethan and Steve were good friends. Ethan even visited Steve In Alaska. Precious memories. Steve was such a good and kind hearted guy. Loved him. There are no words. I am so so sorry for your loss. You all are in my prayers.

  • Donna Silverman

    Diane and Bill: My heart goes out to you in this time of grief. Please know that my prayers are with you and your family.

  • Teresa & Greg Gadberry

    We are so sorry for your terrible loss. May God wrap his arms around everyone with comfort and Peace. Please let us know if you need anything at all. We are here for you.

  • Kim Regan - Koch

    I will forever remember Stephen’s bright eyes, they lite up when he was excited about anything. I was so blessed to have the opportunity to work with him as a high school athlete . He could run like the wind . I loved that he went onto be an outdoor enthusiast and made his passion a career path. I will always hold onto those memories.

  • Christine and Chris Maynard

    Bill and Diane and family,
    There are no words to say. We are so sorry for the loss of your beautiful son! We are here for you! Love you all. Prayers for peace!!

  • Kathy & Ed Grieser

    “Dear Diane, Bill, Adam & Alyssa, We send our deepest sympathy to you all. Knowing Diane over the years has made me feel like I know you all personally. Praying for strength for all of you during this most unimaginable time. Sending prayers & love, Kathy & Ed Grieser”

  • Debbie Busch

    Diane, Bill, Adam and Allyssa…
    My heart is breaking for you and your family at the lost of Steve…I am so so sorry…
    We are going to be out of town later this week and we are sad to miss seeing all of you all and to personally offer our deepest sympathy. We have such fond and good memories of Steve…
    Praying you find comfort in your family…friends…and all the wonderful memories he gave you at this difficult time.
    With deepest sympathy…Deb snd Mike BUSCH…and family


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