Norma "Jean" Stouder

Stouder, Norma "Jean"
77, born May 3, 1935 in Lancaster, Ohio to Dwight Waldeck (deceased) and Dorothy Ellinger. Jean passed away as a result of a five week battle from post surgical complications on November 29, 2012. Her whole family was at her side until her passing. Following graduation, Jean worked at the Ohio School for the Deaf. She later spent many years as an Administrative Assistant to a group of Professors from Ohio State University and their consulting businesses. She attended continuing education classes at Franklin University, Columbus, Ohio. Her final job previous to retirement was with the Hilliard Ohio School District. Jean was very active in the American Legion, both in Parkersburg, West Virginia and Phoenix, Arizona. Jean's passions included her karaoke with friends, travel in the U.S. to see family and internationally. There were many cross country trips helping her grandson, Aric (USAF) move cars, boats, and car trailers to his next assignment sometimes while he was deployed. She was always there to see his home was completely set up by the time he got back. Her grandchildren were her greatest "asset" and she spent many summers with them at their summer property on the Ohio River. Jean was preceded in death by her father. She is survived by her husband Don Stouder, Phoenix AZ & Ohio, mother, Dorothy Ellinger, Lancaster, Ohio, daughters Diane (Mike) Von Braun, Queensbury, New York, Melody (George) Bennett, Phoenix, Arizona, and son Donald K. Stouder, Eugene, Oregon. Jean was "Grandma" to five grandchildren (Joshua, Aaron, Aric, Nikki, and Katie) and some friends of the grandchildren. She is also survived by three great-grandchildren (Bree, Remington, and Madeleine) and many friends. A "Celebration of Jean's Life" will take place on Saturday, January 12, 2013 at 1:00pm. with friends and family at The American Legion Post #107, 20001 N. Cave Creek Rd., Phoenix, AZ 85024. Shared stories, songs, pictures and dinner will be served. In lieu of flowers, please make donations where she did for many years: Shriners Hospitals for Children, Office of Development, 2900 Rocky Point Drive, Tampa, FL 33607

Published in The Arizona Republic on Jan. 8, 2013