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Jean Roll, Ping Pong Champion, Dies at 89

Jean Clarissa Stireman Roll, a former resident of Rockville Centre, died on Nov. 15 at a hospice in Asheville, N.C. She was 89.

Roll was born in Baraboo, Wis., to a Scottish mother, Betty MacFarlane, and a German-American father, Miles Stireman. She grew up in Rockville Centre and earned a bachelor of arts degree at Adelphi University. She and her husband lived in Asheville for the past 25 years.

Jean was employed at a defense contractor on Long Island early in World War II. While her husband was still active in the Navy, she helped other officers' wives arrange for welcoming home procedures in San Francisco.

Roll was an intramural ping pong champion and also loved tennis and golf.

Roll was recognized as a Powder Metallurgy Industry Pioneer by encouraging the participation of the trade group members' wives at conferences and gatherings. Her husband worked at Metal Powder Industries Federation.

She is survived by her husband of 67 years, Kempton, and their daughters Robin Roll and Laurie Roberts.

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