Mansfield, Ohio: 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, Ohio 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. 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, Ohio; 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 family will receive friends Monday, April 18, 2011 from 10 a.m. to Noon in the Finefrock Chapel of the Marion Avenue Snyder Funeral Home, 350 Marion Avenue (formerly Finefrock Funeral Home), where her funeral services will follow at 12 Noon. A reception will follow at Cafe on Main.
Burial will be in Fort Snelling National Cemetery in Minneapolis, MN.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Mrs. Kaplan's name to the St. Peter's Montessori Library through Snyder Funeral Homes.
Private online condolences may be expressed to the family through Snyder Funeral Homes at: www.snyderfuneralhomes.com
Published in the News Journal on April 16, 2011