Jan L Scofield
July 17, 1938 – May 17, 2020
Jan has left us for a while, but the memory of her loving, cheerful smile remains with all who knew her.
She wore her smile as a badge of courage as she struggled bravely with declining health from Vascular Parkinsonism and cancer before passing on May 17, 2020, to be with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. We all can look forward to seeing her and her smile again when we join her in heaven.
Jan was born in San Antonio on July 17, 1938, the daughter of Cornelia and Ira Brinkerhoff. She grew up in Houston, where she graduated from Lamar High School. She then attended Mount Vernon Junior College in Georgetown before enrolling at the University of Texas-Austin to major it journalism. It was there, working on the Daily Texan school newspaper, that she met her husband, Barney (Bernard A.).
Upon graduation they went to work for competing newspapers, Jan The Houston Post and Barney The Houston Press. The competition did nothing to cool their relationship, however. They were married February 11, 1961. Son Christopher was born almost two years later and not many months after that the family moved to San Diego where Barney joined General Dynamics Astronautics and son Robert was born. Daughter Emilia was born in Seattle while Barney was at Boeing. The family moved to the Akron area when Barney joined Goodyear and Goodyear Aerospace in 1971. It was in Seattle and Akron that Jan found her true calling, first as a theme reader for the Seattle public school system and then as a high school English teacher at Barberton High School. She loved her students and she loved teaching. Working as faculty advisor for the school yearbook and newspaper was pure pleasure for her. From her first year at BHS to the last, her yearbook picture hardly changed, just a little more gray hair to go along with that great big beautiful smile. Jan is survived by her beloved husband, Barney; sons and their wives, Christopher and Sheryl, Oxnard, CA, and Robert and Nichole, Potomac, MD; daughter, Emilia, Chicago, IL; grandchildren, Thien, Sabrina, James and Samantha; sister, Keith Callaway, New Braunfels, TX, and Keith's daughter, Coe VanderZee, Austin. All of whom brought her great joy.
The family would especially like to thank Mary Lich and her daughter Kristy Zwisler for their kindness and devotion to Jan. We are grateful for their support and consider them as members of our family. We also send Jan's love and gratitude to all of the kind friends she made down through the years, to the residents and staff of Brookdale Montrose for their kindness and care, to Sheila Hutzler, our beloved Catholic Lay Minister, and her husband John, and to all the nurses, doctors and staff of the Cleveland Clinic and Cleveland Clinic Hospice who brought her so much comfort.
Private burial services will be held at Rose Hill Cemetery with Fr. Steve Brunovsky, pastor of St. Hilary Catholic Church officiating. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Akron Christ Child Society at http://www.nationalchristchild.org/donate/ or St. Hilary Parish at https://membership.faithdirect.net/FD247
Private Family Service
Jan L Scofield
Megan (Koster) Usko
May 24, 2020
To the family: I had Mrs. Scofield for English Comp my senior year at BHS back in 1990. At the time, she was working on her Doctorate & had to be so tired. Yet, she always came in with a smile on her face & was a daily ray of sunshine. Later, I landed a summer school teaching job & had the honor of calling her colleague. I stopped in to her room for as many smiles & hugs as I could get! I breezed through college composition thanks to her & thought about her every now and then over the years after I moved away. I dropped her a note & a family picture many years ago to thank her for her kindness & influence as a teacher. If any of you are on Facebook, the Barberton Alumni group has tributes pouring in & the Barberton Herald is planning a column on her legacy as a wonderful teacher and human being.
God’s blessings and peace to you in this time!
P.S. She would be VERY proud of my sentence transition words! I would not hear a “bless your sweet heart” in that beautiful southern accent, which preceded a lot of editing work for her!
May 20, 2020
I have enjoyed the last ten years careing for you. I will miss your beautiful smile first thing in the morning.Happy hour and religion and crafts, sitting holding your hand, painting your nails And just spending time with you. Fly high dear friend you have earned your wings , until we meet again .I love you sweet Jan
May 19, 2020
We first met in 2000 when Jan and Barney came to Ottawa, Canada, to pick up their newest daughter, Hannah (Majorhausen’s Primrose Hannah) visiting all the famous landmarks in the nation’s capital during the Canada Day weekend. A wonderful time and auspicious beginning to a lovely friendship. Hannah became an American Champion with an invitation to the prestigious Westminster Dog Show in New York City a few years later where we met up again and had a incredible time together with dear friend/handler, Cindy Earich. They always kept in touch with many tales of Hannah’s endearing exploits. What a bond was forged never to be forgotten. Will miss you dear lady.