Mary Jane Stoecklein, 94, hosted international dignitaries, scored a hole-in-one

Mary Jane Stoecklein, 94, passed away on November 19, 2015. Born in Chicago, Illinois, she enjoyed a most incredible life of 61 years with her husband Rear Admiral Herbert George Stoecklein, MC, USN, who preceded her in death.

A dedicated Navy wife, Jane accompanied her husband through numerous moves, spanning 32 years of Naval service. She was a constant support throughout her husband’s Naval career, while raising her children to become wonderful, productive adults, and always maintaining a warm and welcoming home. Jane and Herb hosted national and international dignitaries throughout the Nixon – Bush Presidential era. They retired in San Diego, CA and traveled the world with family and many of their closest friends. In her final years, she chose to live in Virginia Beach with her daughter, Barbara.

Jane was quite the golfer, having scored a hole-in-one at Elizabeth Manor Country Club. She was wonderfully open minded and unconditionally accepting of those that came into her life, extending warmth, compassion, and a caring concern for all. Her life joys were her children, grandchildren, and her many friends.

Jane is survived by her sons, Ronald Stoecklein and Donald Stoecklein and wife, Deborah; her daughter, Barbara Viola and husband, Albie; her five grandchildren, Gisela, Lauren and Patrick, Hannah and Brianna; and three great grandchildren, Gianna, Roland, and Layla Mary Jane.

A memorial service was held at H. D. Oliver’s Laskin Road Chapel on November 24, 2015. Burial will be at Arlington National Cemetery, Washington D.C. at a later date. Online condolences may be made at

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