Jeanette "Jan" Kolwicz
July 23, 1955 – May 27, 2019
Jeanette “Jan” Kolwicz, nee Schafer, of Palmyra and formerly of Collingswood, passed away peacefully on Monday May 27, 2019 at the age of 63.
Beloved wife of predeceased Michael I. Kolwicz. Cherished daughter of predeceased James and Marie Schafer. Devoted mother of James M. Kolwicz. Dear sister of James (Debbie) Schafer and Richard Schafer. Loving aunt of Justin P. Schafer, aunt and godmother of Erin Leigh Schafer.
Jan was born in Honolulu in the Territory of Hawaii. After graduating from Barbizon School of Modeling, she had many shoots, including Philadelphia Magazine, where she worked for a short period of time. Later Jan became a Hostess for the Phillies. She spent 23 years with them. As an avid Phillies fan, she truly enjoyed her career with them. After the Phillies Jan was an Assistant Teacher for the Palmyra School District.
Jan was very artistic. She enjoyed working with water colors and doing her arts and crafts. Her family and friends were fortunate enough to have been the recipients of her talent. She also liked to work with plants and flowers. Jan had a wonderful sense of humor. She was very easy to talk to, outgoing and lively. She will be most remembered for being kind and thoughtful and for being behind the camera. Her family is blessed to have thousands of pictures thanks to Jan. She was loved by many Aunts, Uncles and Cousins. Jan will truly be missed.
Family and friend are invited to attend the Memorial Visitation on Saturday June 8, 2019 from 9:00 am to 11:00 am at BLAKE-DOYLE Funeral Home 226 W. Collings Avenue, Collingswood, NJ 08108. A Memorial Service will be held at 11:00 am. Please leave your remembrances of Jan on BLAKE-DOYLE.com.
In lieu of flowers the family asks that you make a donation in Jeanette “Jan” Kolwicz’s name to the charity of your choice.
- Michael I. Kolwicz, Husband
- James M. Kolwicz, Son
- James Schafer, Brother
- Debbie Schafer, Sister-in-law
- Richard Schafer, Brother
- Justin P. Schafer, Nephew
- Erin Leigh Schafer, Niece and Goddaughter
- Marie Schafer, Mother
- James Schafer, Father
- She was loved by many Aunts, Uncles and Cousins.
- Memorial Visitation Saturday, June 8, 2019
- Memorial Service Saturday, June 8, 2019
Jeanette "Jan" Kolwicz
June 12, 2019
TO MY FRIEND JEANETTE YOUR PASSING HAS HIT ME VERY HARD THIS WEEK .I WAS SO USED TO YOUR PHONE CALLS AT LEAST ONCE OR TWICE A WEEK BUT NO PHONE CALLS CAME THIS WEEK AND IVE HAD TO COME TO THE FACT THAT THEIR WILL BE NO MORE PHONE CALLS AND THAT MAKES ME GRIEVE HEAVILY. OUR ROADS WERE HEAVILY TRAVELED IN OUR BUS TRIPS TO THE CASINO, THE STATUE OF LIBERTY AND SO MANY OTHERS THAT THE MEMORIES OF THESE ARE ALL I HAVE OF YOU NOW. I HOPE MY MOM FOUND YOU WHEN YOU ARRIVED IN HEAVEN AND TOOK YOU TO MICHAEL AND YOUR MOM AND DAD. I'LL THINK OF YOU OFTEN WHEN I THINK OF ALL THE TIMES WE GOT INTO TROUBLE AT THE PHILLIES AND EVERYWHERE ELSE.
I'LL SEE YOU WHEN I GET UP IN HEAVEN .KNOWING YOU I BET YOU'LL HAVE THE GATE LOCKED AS A JOKE.
SEE YOU MY FOREVER FRIEND.
June 7, 2019
I met Jan in Sunday school when we were little girls. We became fast friends forever. She always called me "Laff" for Lafferty. I was matron of honor in her wedding and she was a bridesmaid in my wedding. Her son Jimmy is my godson and my son, Collin, is her godson.(She calls him "Collinswood") We have many fond memories over the years. We spoke on the phone almost every day. We will miss her beautiful smile and great sense of humor. We Love You, Aunt Jan and will miss you every day.
Love, Cathi, Brandon, and Collin
June 2, 2019
To my friend of over 30 years Jeanette we started out as coworkers at The Phillies and became lifelong friends. Through you I was privileged to know your whole family your Mom,Dad, Mike and especially Jimmy. Our Phillies bus trips to the casinos became a ritual and were a laugh a minute especially after we saw Wayne Newton there and we spread the word throughout the casino that he might be the king of Las Vegas but certainly not Atlantic City. Our time meeting President Nixon as he came to Vet Stadium and did 2 innings announcing the Phillies game with Harry Kallas and Ritchie Ashburn and you asking him what he did for fun was just a classic. The times Jimmy you and I would go see The Harry Potter movies and had so much food we took in under our coats that it was falling out as we walked and you would tell the people that would see it fall that you were on a special diet. The times we spent in Superbox 410 where Michael and our First People's Bank manager Nicky would work created terrific memories like the time Michael was bartending and Governor Ed Rendell was in there and was drunk and called you sweety and said doll are you married and you turned to him and said "why yes sweety I,am my husband Michael is the bartender right there" and of course had to add "do you know Michael he's the guy that has been giving you all your drinks all night ".
In my sadest time when my Mom passed you were there giving me the best words of encouragement that only a true friend could. I'm sure my Mom and Dad and Brother Bob who you loved to tease and who all three thought you were a gem are guiding you up there and making sure you are reunited with Michael and your Dad and Mom.
God Bless You my life long friend and I will see you again one day.
Your friend always