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Janet C. Scala

Posted By DeBord-Snyder Funeral Home & Crematory On September 1, 2020 @ 10:42 am In Obituaries | 18 Comments

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Janet C. Scala passed away at Willow Valley Communities on August 31 following a short illness.  Born in Erie Pennsylvania on January 19, 1934 she was the eldest child of the late DeWitt M. and Freda (Russell) Eddy.  Her early education was in the Jamestown New York public schools where her father was a noted educator and administrator.  Janet had an early desire for service, especially to the sick and injured, and in her teens was a “candy striper” at a local hospital.  This desire found its ultimate fulfillment when she enrolled at the University of Rochester (New York) School of Nursing and graduated in 1955 with her R.N.  She practiced nursing full time until two weeks before the birth of her first child.

Another reward of her hospital training was that she met her future husband, graduate student Robert Scala, while he was a patient.  They married in 1957.  As her family progressed through the school systems in their Fanwood, New Jersey community, Janet Scala became active in PTA, serving as President in the elementary school, intermediate school, high school and district organizations.  She also had a brief career in elected politics serving as the first woman of her party elected to the Town Council in the over 100 year history of that town.  Her hallmark was an unfailing ability to see more than one side to every issue and conflict.

Janet Scala is survived by her husband Robert and their four children Dr, John R. Scala, wife Jessie and children Andrew, Meagan, Daniel and Catherine; Anne Scala Toolajian, her husband Loren and their three sons Joshua, Dylan and Matthew; Dr. Peter L. Scala, wife Danielle and their sons Jackson and Nathan and Jeanne Scala Bauer, her husband Alan and their daughter Teresa.

Jan and her husband have been long time patrons of the arts through their support of classical music wherever  they lived and through memberships in museums devoted to Southwestern art and culture.  They have been major supporters of higher education through the following endowments: the Andrew C. Scala Scholarship at Hamilton College, the Robert A. and Janet C. Scala Scholarship at the University of Rochester School of Nursing, Jan’s alma mater, the Robert A and Janet C. Scala Merit Scholarship at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and the Robert A. and Janet C. Scala Medical Graduate Studies Scholarship, also at Rochester reflecting Bob’s graduate studies there. They also endowed the Robert A. Scala Scholarship for post-doctoral fellows at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey where Bob has long held an appointment as Adjunct Professor of Environmental and Community Medicine.

Jan Scala will be remembered for her deep faith, her love of her family, her great compassion towards all who were suffering in any way and her selfless volunteering in many school, church and community programs.  Typical of her care for others, Janet has donated her body to medical research.  A memorial mass will be celebrated at a future date. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Dr. Robert A. Scala and Mrs. Janet C. Scala’55 Nursing Scholarship at the University of Rochester School of Nursing, P.O. Box 270032, Rochester NY 14627-0032 or giving.rochester.edu.

Condolences for the family of “Janet C. Scala”

Condolence from Lisa Scala Maguire on September 1st, 2020 4:39 pm

A truly beautiful woman with an endless smile that could warm all hearts. I will miss her love, her laughter and her unbelievable ability to add a sparkle to any occasion. She is the definition of Godmother. Sending much love to all the Scalas. I loved Aunt Jan with all my heart – keeping you all in there too! I am so sorry for your loss. All my love, Lisa

Condolence from Maria and Michael Lorditch on September 1st, 2020 4:52 pm

Our deepest and most sincere condolences for the loss of your precious Jan. Michael and I have very fond memories of the shared weekend we spent in Chicago, when we saw the Yankees play the Cubbies. It was lovely indeed to finally meet Jan – as well as Dr. Bob – after hearing Jeanne always speak so fondly of her parents for the many years I’d known her. It was clear then that both were – and have always been – the heart and soul of the Scala family.

Our prayers are with all of you and with Jan’s gentle soul. May she rest in peace.

Condolence from Christi Keller on September 1st, 2020 5:03 pm

We are holding all the Scalas in our hearts. The Kellers are deeply grateful for Aunt Jan and Uncle Bob’s lifelong friendship. Sending love and peace.

Condolence from Sue Lewis on September 1st, 2020 5:49 pm

With deep affection and sincere sadness, I send my sympathy to the entire Scala family. I pray that your many loving memories together and strong faith will sustain you through this loss. Jan will always hold a special place in my heart for her loving and kind ways, for her infectious smile and her warm hugs.
Lovingly yours,

Condolence from Jacque Smith & Jerry Hook on September 1st, 2020 6:50 pm

Jerry and I are so sorry to hear of Jan’s passing. She was such a loving wife, mother, grandmother and friend of enormous impact. Prayers, hugs, and love to all hoping you will be sustained by her love and memories.

Condolence from Bob and Christine Biles on September 1st, 2020 7:53 pm

Jan’s warm and endearing laugh, and her wry smile as she listened, always made us feel loved and included when we were around her. She always wanted to hear and know about others, and she always put others first, displaying her faith and comfort in her own self. Jan helped us settle in to our first home and community, and offered her baby girl Jeanne to baby sit our kids so that we could get away. Her love for Bob and her family was so deep, it pains me to think they will be separated on this earth. But, Jan’s spirit and memory will go on and on, and we are all better for having her in our lives. God bless and strengthen the family in this tremendous loss.

Condolence from Mac Evarts on September 2nd, 2020 8:47 am

“Death leaves heartaches no one can heal, Love leaves memories no one can steal”. Khalil Gibran

Condolence from Gabrielle Keller on September 2nd, 2020 2:44 pm

All love to the Scala family. The Keller girls are forever grateful to have known Uncle Bob and Aunt Jen who were such treasured friends to our parents, John and Consuelo Keller and to us.
Love, Gaby

Condolence from Laurie Weiss-Braunstein on September 6th, 2020 10:31 am

Sending love and prayers. A wonderful kind neighbor. Always in our hearts. Much love to all of you. Laurie Weiss-Braunstein. Formerly of Fanwood NJ

Condolence from Flora Poulos on September 6th, 2020 11:15 am

Dear Bob and family,

Sharing in your grief at the passing of Jan. She was a very special friend here at Willow Valley. We are so glad we got to know and love her. We will miss her sweet smile and giving spirit. She is with the angels now and at peace.

Love, Flora and Tony

Condolence from Flora Poulos on September 6th, 2020 11:23 am

Dear Bob and Family,

We are so sad that Jan is no longer with us to share her sweet spirit with us here at Willow Valley. We are so glad we got to know and lover her and we will miss spending time with her. May your memories carry you through this difficult time as you know she is free from pain and suffering and watching over all of us.

Love, Flora and Tony Poulos

Condolence from Dennis Poller on September 6th, 2020 1:00 pm

Dear Scala Family,

We’ve already written to Bob, but for the benefit of the family, we just want to send a message on this web site. We unfortunately didn’t know Janet as well as we would have liked, but from the contacts we did have and from comments made by Bob over the years, it was easy to see what an exceptional, loving person she was. It was wonderful to read more about how bright she was, her achievements in her chosen profession, the wonderful voluntary efforts she made in the community and, most of all, the firm grounding and true love she gave to Bob and their wonderful children. May God bless her!
Dennis and Merle Poller

Condolence from Beverly Jones Cox on September 10th, 2020 6:03 pm

I was fourteen years old when I first met Jan. She and Bob lived in the apartment below my family’s in Falls Church, Virginia. We had just moved there from Florida and I was a very miserable kid. Jan and another neighbor took me under their wings and looked after me in the afternoons after school. We spent many a day playing Canasta which, as I recall, Jan was very good at. I babysat for John and Ann after the family moved to Dunn Loring for a bit but I lost touch after that. When I saw her obituary in the Washington Post, it brought back a flood of memories of this kind, sweet woman for whom I had such regard.

Condolence from Nancy and John Straw on September 20th, 2020 12:12 pm

It is with the deepest sorrow we have learned of Jan’s passing. We will forever remember her as the loving and compassionate lady we got to know at St. Philip’s. May God grant her peace and comfort to Bob and the entire family. We join with you in your sorrow.

Condolence from Helen Bigg on October 5th, 2020 11:46 am

My Sympathy to the Family. She had a full and giving life I pray the memories she made in life gives you all Peace & Love. Helen. Class of 1952

Condolence from Karl Bach on October 5th, 2020 1:33 pm

Janet had a wonderful life. In junior high school she was part of our “gang” along with Marilyn Johnson, Nathane Aldrich, Bob Nelson, George Crozier, and Marsha Trantum. We all lived in the same general area in Jamestown, New York. I remember the power launch with “Eddy” on the stern at Chautauqua Lake. We all graduated in 1952 from Jamestown High School. I am sure Janet will be remembered fondly by her family and friends.

Condolence from Marcia T. Hannett on October 6th, 2020 2:39 pm

Janet was one of my dearest childhood friends. We lived on the same street in Jamestown, New York.
Many hours were spent together either on each other’s porches or on the phone checking our Latin
homework. Over the past years we lost touch but I know Janet was a wonderful, loving Wife, Mother, Grandmother and friend. She will surely be greatly missed by her family and friends. I send my deepest sympathy to Janet’s family and friends.

Marcia Trantum Hannett

Condolence from Christina McDermott on October 11th, 2020 2:51 pm

Jan was a second mom to all of us girls at Our House in Oxford, OH. I have such fond memories of their visits to school for various events and the long-awaited arrival of her amazing lasagna! Jan warmly treated us like her third, fourth, fifth etc. daughters and listened to our stories of college antics with playful eyes and a big smile on her face.

She was also a gracious host one summer when I came to visit at the beach… apples in salad?! Great memories indeed.

I am so terribly sorry for your loss and your family will continue to be in my prayers as the days go by. Love to you all.

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