Janice Kathryn Schafir
08/03/1936 - 03/10/2022
Obituary For Janice Kathryn Schafir
Janice K. Schafir, born August 3rd, 1936, passed away on March 10, 2022, at home, where she wanted to be, with her children and in-laws at her side.
She was born in McKeesport, Pennsylvania, where she became a nurse, converted to Judaism, and married Michael Schafir with whom she had four children. She was an early member of Temple Beth Torah in Fremont where she often played the organ for services and celebrations. Jan spent a long life creating love as a mom, grandmother, aunt, and artist, and by caring for others as a volunteer for hospice, the Red Cross, and numerous art events and organizations. She studied with several famous painters and then shared her artistic talent by teaching at Jan's Art Studio, Yosemite, and on cruise ships around the world. Her own paintings record the natural beauty she found in her back yard as well as on her extensive travels. Many local artists credit Jan as a primary inspiration and role model. She helped to found what is now the Fremont Art & Wine Festival, one of several ways she helped artists show and promote their artwork in the area.
Jan remained active in her later years – painting, making lace, and playing music – but always found energy for her grandchildren’s milestone celebrations. She was a caregiver who gave more to this world than she took. She invited many into her home who needed a good friend or a place to live.
Like each painting is unique, every person who knew Jan will have a different story about how she touched their life. If you followed her example, were touched by her grace, or own some of her art, then you are reminded daily of that happy, ever-present smile. She had a rare kindness, and no canvas is large enough to capture all of her light. We thank her for bringing color into our world and teaching us to find the beauty in all that surrounds us.
She is survived by children Michael J. Schafir, Alex Schafir (Jessie Mindlin), Karoline Schafir Brock (Mitch), Paulette Schafir, seven grandchildren (Rachel, Michael, Daniel, Reuben, Levi, Abby, and Zoey), and long time partner Jules Goldberg. She will be missed and forever loved.
Remembrances may be made to Temple Beth Torah in Fremont or the Olive Hyde Art Guild.
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