Jan died peacefully at home on May 4th., 2012, into the arms of her Lord.
She was born on January 18, 1938, to John and Ethel Schaller in Montevideo, Minnesota.
She graduated from Central High School, earned her BA in Education from Mankato State in Minnesota and her Masters from Whitworth College.
Before relocating to Spokane, she was a flight attendant for North Central Airlines.
The majority of her working life was as a middle school teacher for District 81, Spokane, WA.
Her greatest joy after retirement was volunteering at Valley General Hospital.
Jan was active in many sports, loved to read and kept beautiful gardens in both Spokane and her Diamond Lake summer home.
She is preceded in death by her parents, sister-in-law, Carol Schaller, and many fondly remembered uncles and aunts.
Jan is survived by her brother, Ronald Schaller, niece, Drian Chalmers (Perry), great niece, Danika Chalmers, nephews, Eric and Steven Schaller, uncle Odell Schaller, many cousins and her best friend of many years, Jeannine Sigler.
She will be missed by her many friends “in town” and “at the lake”, by her fellow volunteers at Valley General, and former students, who benefited from the love of teaching.
Muggs, her rescue dog, can’t find her in the house and think she’s just gone out to the garden, and probably, she has.
A Celebration of Life will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, June 2, 2012 at Thornhill Valley Chapel, 1400 S. Pines Rd., Spokane Valley, WA.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Jan’s name to SCRAPS, 2521 N. Flora Rd., Spokane Valley, WA 99216, Hospice of Spokane, 121 Arthur, PO Box 2215, Spokane, WA 99210 or the Valley Volunteers Scholarship Fund, 12612 E. Mission Ave., Spokane Valley, WA 99216.
I wish that I
When it’s time to die,
Could change and fly,
Like a butterfly
To my place in the sky.
No eulogies that lie,
No last goodbye,
Let no one cry.
Well perhaps a sigh,
Please be happy that I
Came passing by.
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