Carol Jean Stephens, 77, of Milan, passed away Monday morning, Dec. 10, 2012, at her residence.
Carol Jean Stephens was born March 14, 1935, in Sandusky, daughter of the late Frederick Ralph and Marian Ruth (Neuman) Didelius. Carol was a graduate of Sandusky High School. She received her nursing degree from Toledo Hospital School of Nursing, and continued her education at The Ohio State University, where she received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in nursing.
Carol was a member of Sigma Theta Tau, the National Honorary Society of Nursing, and received the Certificate of Authority from the Ohio Board of Nursing, which permitted her to practice as a clinical nurse specialist. Carol was a public health nurse in Columbus, she also taught nursing at the University of Minnesota, The Ohio State University, and Lorain County Community College. She served as a project director for a curriculum grant for Providence Hospital School of Nursing, and she retired as the school nurse from Perkins Public Schools after 21 years of dedicated service.
In 2009, Carol was honored as a Woman of Excellence from the Volunteer Center of Erie County. She was a member of several professional nursing and educational organizations as well as the Sandusky Yacht Club, Habitat for Humanity, Huron County Master Gardeners, Zion Lutheran Church Senior Choir, Women’s Auxiliary, the American Nurses Association, the NEA, and the Erie County Republican Women. In her spare time, Carol enjoyed sports, music, and spending time with her family.
Carol is survived by her husband, Lee Stephens, whom she married Sept. 1, 1962; her daughter, Karen Stephens, of Cary, N.C.; her sons, Brian Stephens, of New Bern, N.C., Keith (DiAnn) Stephens, of New Carlisle, Ohio, and Paul Stephens, of Shiloh, Ill.; three grandchildren, Katherine, Michael and Sophia Stephens; two step-grandsons, Cody and Bradley Robinson; her sister, Diane Hammond, of Haymarket, Va.; and her brother, Dr. Donald Didelius, of Walla Walla, Wash.
Carol was preceded in death by her parents.
Friends may call 4-7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 13, at Groff Funeral Homes & Crematory, 1607 E. Perkins Ave., Sandusky. Funeral Services will be at 10 a.m. Friday, Dec. 14, at Zion Lutheran Church, 503 Columbus Ave., Sandusky. Pastor John Mawhirter will officiate. Burial will follow in Oakland Cemetery.
Those wishing to contribute to Carol’s memory may do so to the Zion Lutheran Senior Choir, 503 Columbus Ave., Sandusky, OH 44870; or to one’s favorite charity.
Condolences may be shared at grofffuneralhomes.com.