June Elaine Stephan Kaplan

June 27, 1922 ‒ April 14, 2011

Mansfield, Ohio

Mansfield: June Elaine Stephan Kaplan, formerly of Dickson Parkway, passed away Thursday morning April 14, 2011 in Mansfield Memorial Homes. She was 88.

Born June 27, 1922 in Dayton, she was the daughter of Charles and Kathryn (Healy) Stephan, and was graduated from Seton High School in Cincinnati in 1940. In her youth she toured throughout Ohio as a dancer with the Dayton Balancing Ball Follies.

Mrs. Kaplan attended the University of Maryland and the University of Minnesota, and earned her Masters degree from the Ohio State University, where she also took classes toward her Ph.D. in adult education.

Mrs. Kaplan worked for American Airlines in California and the American Red Cross in Minnesota and Texas. As a licensed social worker, she worked with Spring Grove State Hospital in Catonsville, MD, and started the Family Liaison Program for developmentally disabled children at Newhope Industries in Mansfield. She also taught English at Mansfield Senior High School.

Mrs. Kaplan enjoyed traveling and visited many places with her late husband, including Russia, Japan, France, Italy, Austria, Germany, Holland, Switzerland, Finland, Sweden, Czechoslovakia, Hungary, Yugoslavia, Ireland, Great Britain, Panama, Mexico, Canada, Puerto Rico, Bermuda, and the Caribbean. She also traveled to Egypt, where she conducted research for her graduate degree.

A member of the National Organization for Women, Mrs. Kaplan attended St. Peter’s Catholic Church.

She is survived by daughters Stephanie Barnet Kaplan of Emerald Isle, NC, Tamis Kaplan (William Wright) of Jacksonville, NY, Kimberly Kaplan of Hillsborough, NC, and Becky Kaplan of Columbus; grandchildren Jason (Anna) Eagleston of Mansfield, Callie Kaplan-Wright and Aidan Kaplan-Wright both of Jacksonville, NY; and great-grandchildren Jason and Andrew Eagleston.

Her husband Jerome “Jerry” Kaplan passed away December 20, 2009.

She is remembered for her sense of humor, curiosity about people and the world and her scintillating conversations.

Her funeral services where Monday, April 18, 2011 in the Finefrock Chapel of the Marion Avenue Snyder Funeral Home, 350 Marion Avenue. Father Tom McQuillen officiated. Burial was in Fort Snelling National Cemetery in Minneapolis, MN.

Contributions may be made in Mrs. Kaplan’s name to the St. Peter’s Montessori Library through Snyder Funeral Homes, PO Box 3085, Mansfield Ohio 44904.

Private online condolences may be expressed to the family through Snyder Funeral Homes at: www.snyderfuneralhomes.com.