Stephanie Arnoldt

Posted: Tuesday, June 15, 2004

Juneau resident Stephanie Arnoldt, 54, died June 10, 2004, at her home in Juneau after a long battle with multiple sclerosis.

She was born in Dayton, Ohio, and also lived in Colorado. While in Colorado, she graduated from Merritt-Hutton High School and attended Western State College. She then moved with her parents to Placentia, Calif.

While living in Placentia, she earned her bachelor's and master's degrees in education from California State University at Fullerton. She went on to work as an elementary school teacher for the Placentia School District and was chosen teacher of the year in 1978. She was drawn to teaching by her love for children.

She met Jim Arnoldt in California and they were married on Aug. 21, 1971, in Placentia. She and her husband moved with their three children, Matthew, Megan, and Meredith, to Juneau in 1981. She was a Juneau resident for 23 years.

She was a reading specialist in the Juneau School District and was involved in many school activities and classrooms. She later became the Director of Religious Education at St. Paul's Parish. She was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 1983. The disease progressed as time went on, but that did not stop her from living life to the fullest. She was a leader of youth group activities, teaching kids to explore the world. She worked with various charity organizations, including the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, March of Dimes and Beat the Odds. She was also involved in various book clubs and bible study groups and reveled in communicating with others.

Her family wrote, "Although Stephanie was constrained by a wheelchair. She was thankful for the smallest acts of kindness and to those not being afraid of interacting with her or a wheelchair person."

She was preceded in death by her father, Peter Irot.

She is survived by her husband, Jim; son, Matthew (fiancé Kierke Kussart), all of Juneau; daughters, Meredith of Juneau, Megan (Stephen) Cramer of Bend, Ore.; mother, Anna Irot; brothers, Bruce, Scott and Kevin; sister, Barbara; and numerous nieces and nephews.

A Celebration of Life service will be held at 5:30 p.m. Friday, June 18, at St. Paul's Catholic Church.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in honor of Stephanie Arnoldt's life to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, National MS Society Training & Resource Center, 700 Broadway, Suite 810, Denver, CO 80203-3442, or

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