Jean S. McConnell

Birth Date: 
Sunday, March 26, 1944
Date of Passing: 
Friday, June 15, 2018

WOOSTER – Jean S. McConnell, 74, of Wooster passed away on Friday, June 15, 2018 at her home after a long battle with Alzheimer’s. 

Jean was born March 26, 1944 in Bluffton, Ohio, the daughter of the late Paul and Evelyn Gratz Stauffer.  She married William S. McConnell on September 11, 1966.  He survives.

Jean graduated from Bluffton High School before attending Bluffton University, graduating in 1966.  She then obtained her Masters of Library Science from Case Western.  Jean retired in 2000 from the Wayne County Public Library after 30 years.

Jean was a member of AAUW and an ardent supporter of the Wayne County Humane Society.  She was a lifetime member of the First Mennonite Church of Bluffton.  Jean enjoyed annual vacations with friends and family to Hilton Head, SC.  She loved nothing more, though, than spending time on the couch with a good book and her beloved cats.

Surviving in addition to her husband, Bill, are her sons, Matthew (Sheri) McConnell of Cincinnati and Quinn (Jessica) McConnell of Wooster; two grandchildren, Mariah and Owen; a sister, Ann (Don) Nofziger of Cincinnati; cousins, Carl (Audrey) Gerhart and Nancy (Carl) Prinzinger of Pennsylvania; and her three best friends, cats, Bogey, Fred and Maggie.

Cremation will take place and private graveside services will be held at a later date.

McIntire, Bradham & Sleek Funeral Home, 216 E. Larwill St., Wooster is assisting the family. 

Memorial contributions can be made to the Wayne Co. Humane Society, 1161 Mechanicsburg Rd., Wooster, OH 44691 or to LifeCare Hospice, 1900 Akron Rd., Wooster, OH 44691.

The family would like to express their deep appreciation to the many wonderful aides from Wooster Community Hospital Home Health Services and LifeCare Hospice for their loving care of Jean.

Online condolences may be left for the family at

Memorial Contributions: 

Wayne Co. Humane Society, 1161 Mechanicsburg Rd., Wooster, OH 44691 or to LifeCare Hospice, 1900 Akron Rd., Wooster, OH 44691


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Private graveside services at a later date.


Bill and Family, I am so sorry for your loss. Jean was a wonderful Lady. She did love her cats. I have many fond memories. Jean and I graduated from high school together and then we both ended up in Wooster. Bill the 1st. place you and Jean took Art and I was to The Ranch for pizza. Remember all the good times. Prayers for you and your family.

Dear Bill and family, My deepest sympathy to you as you go through this journey of grief. Jean was special. I have many fond memories from Triway High School when she was our librarian. Was so glad our paths crossed again in the last several years. God bless you and uphold you with His everlasting arms of love.

Dear Bill and family, I am so sorry for you loss; Jean was such a special lady. Sending comfort to all of you.

Deepest sympathies, Bill and family. Been many years since Bluffton, but still think of you when driving route 30 going east. Best wishes.

Dear McConnell Family,
Our sympathy and love goes out to you at this difficult time. Her struggle is over, and now she's in the loving arms of Jesus. You did so much to give her love and comfort while she was here. Peace and Love, Dorene and Mark

Quinn Jessica Owen and Mariah, I am so sorry. I want you to know that you’re in my prayers. She sounded like an amazing woman!

Bill, Matt, Quinn and Families, Jean was my first supervisor at Wayne County Public Library when I arrived in Wooster as a beginning librarian. She was a colleague, mentor and friend. I am sad to realize that we will not share any more retiree lunches and chamber music concerts. Bob's and my thoughts are with you. --Alice

Sorry to read of Jean’s death. My condolences to you all. She was a lovely lady.

Though a very long time ago at Triway High School, as a young English teacher just getting started, I remember fondly our school librarian Jean, her wit, droll sense of humor and wry smile. Sincere sympathy for the McConnell family; wishing you fond memories and peace.

Bill, You and Jean have been on my mind in recent weeks - now I know why. I searched for Jean's name on the internet today and found her obituary. You have my deepest sympathy. She was such a dear friend to me while at Bluffton and beyond, as we shared our love for the library. I know you took such good care of her! I will miss her droll Christmas letters keeping me informed of the activities in your lives. God's peace and blessings to you especially at this time as you work through your grief.

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