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Jeanne Marie Stophlet

July 27, 1939 – May 22, 2023

Jeanne Marie Stophlet

Jeanne Stophlet, age 83, passed away on May 22, 2023. She was born in Cincinnati, Ohio to Lawrence (John) and Marian Doran. Jeanne married Carl Stophlet Jr. on December 28, 1957. She is survived by children Cory (Janis) Stophlet, Gidget Breeden-Wall and Matthew (Anna) Stophlet, Grandchildren Crystal Leach and Michael Stophlet, Great-grandchildren Rose Metz, Gracie Leach and Sammie Byrd, and Great-Great grandson William Kinder. She was preceded in death by her husband Carl Stophlet Jr., son’s Mark, and Timothy Stophlet.

Jeanne Stophlet was not one to stay idle. Her life was all about volunteering. She was a Sunday school teacher for 35 years at United Methodist Church of Mount Healthy. She was a volunteer for the National Veterans Affairs Volunteer Services (VAVS) for 45 years helping in the care of military veterans that served in both World Wars, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War and was named Director of the VAVS in 1969. Her care and support of Veterans expanded to include the mothers of veterans deployed during war and, especially, for the mothers of veterans that were killed-in-action, wounded, missing-in-action and prisoners of war. Jeanne was the National President of Service Star Legion from about 1977 to 1996. 

For thirty years, Jeanne was a Cultural Diversity Speaker with national exposure. She was a founder of the Cincinnati Diversity program. Her efforts to expand the program resulted in Diversity Training inclusion in Cincinnati Veterans Hospital, Fort Thomas Veterans Hospital, Cincinnati Police Department, Cincinnati Bell, as well as other Cincinnati and Kentucky based businesses and organizations.

Jeanne served as Chairman of the North American Indian Council of Greater Cincinnati and was one of the founding members of the Inter-Ethnic Council of Greater Cincinnati bringing together 150 ethnic organizations.

She received numerous awards over her adult life. In 1979, the Cincinnati Enquirer named Jeanne one of the ten “Women of the Year.” In 1980 through 1994, the State of Kentucky awarded her the title of “Kentucky Colonel.” The plaque on the Suspension Bridge between Cincinnati and Newport includes Jeanne’s name as a Charter Member of the Bridge Commission. In 1988, she was saluted as one of the “200 Greater Cincinnatians’ for Cincinnati’s Bicentennial.

Memorial visitation will be held Friday June 2, 2023, from 12:30 PM to 1:30 PM at The Arlington Memorial Gardens Funeral Home. (2155 Compton Road, Cincinnati, OH 45231- follow the blue line to the left once you enter the memorial park) Memorial Service will begin at 1:30 with inurnment to follow at The Arlington Memorial Gardens Memorial Park.



Friday June 2, 2023, 12:30 PM to 1:30 PM

The Arlington Memorial Garden Funeral Home


Friday June 2, 2023, 1:30 PM

The Arlington Memorial Garden Funeral Home


Friday June 2, 2023, 2:30 PM

The Arlington Memorial Gardens

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“I have a lot of fun memories of Aunt Jeanne and my cousins from my childhood. I didn’t see her for many years but when I moved back to Cincinnati I caught back up with her. She was always able teach something along with serving her community. I am sorry that you are not here among us.”

“I am so sorry for your loss. I enjoyed spending time with Jeanne at the Mt Healthy UMC United Women of Faith meetings and talking with her on the phone. Her life was full of service to many people! I’m sure she will be greeted in Heaven with Joy! Marilyn Clark”

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“To all those who loved Jeanne Marie: We are so sorry for your loss. May the Great Spirit give you comfort and peace. Jeanne once told me, “I’m not happy unless I’m helping someone.” Those words were spoken from her giving heart. As a sister in Christ, Jeanne knew what to say to me when I needed understanding and compassion. This world has lost so very much, but heaven has gained a beautiful soul.”

“You will be truly missed and much loved, lots of fun memories. Prayers to her family”

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“We are so sorry for the loss of your mother. Sending comforting prayers during this difficult time. Rest in peace Jeanne. Jack and JoAnn Cramer”

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“We have lost an amazing beautiful angel. She is gone but never, never be forgotten. We love you Jeanne Marie.Cindy, and Jim.🙏🤲🕊️🌹”

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