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Jan Schiff

Jan Schiff, 57, passed away unexpectedly on Saturday January 5, 2008. She spent her adult life working with public schools, and most recently working as the Volunteer in Public Schools Coordinator for the Fort Bend Independent School District. From the time she graduated from the University of Texas (with a B.S. in Education) and started teaching middle school in Austin, Jan had been volunteering in and working with public schools. Through all of her work, Jan felt passionately about education.

As a longtime volunteer and past president of the Literacy Council of Fort Bend, she worked hard to help create a safe and caring place in which no one would feel embarrassed or ridiculed for what they did not know. It was Janís and othersí vision that resulted in the creation of the Fort Bend Education Foundation in 1993.

A wife, mother and volunteer for many years in Sugar Land, Jan was born in Texarkana, Arkansas, to Stern and Jane Feinberg, and leaves behind her husband, Michael S. Schiff, her son, David, and her daughter Laura.

Janís greatest joy was her family and the pride she took in the accomplishments of her husband and children. Her son, David, is a 1998 graduate of Clements High School and her daughter, Laura, graduated in 2000, also from Clements. Her husband, Michael, owns his own business and is currently serving as Sugar Land City Councilman for District 4.

Jan is also survived by mother Jane Feinberg, brothers Stern Feinberg and wife, Alan Feinberg and his wife, brother-in-law Richard and wife Sherri; brother Robert and wife Rosie, sister Debbie and husband John, and sister Jacqueline, many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her father Stern Feinberg.

Funeral services were held at Congregation Beth Israel, in Houston. The family requests that, in lieu of flowers, donations be sent in Jan Schiffís name to Fort Bend Education Foundation (16431 Lexington Blvd. Sugar Land, TX 77479), Congregation Beth Israel (5600 N. Braeswood, Houston, TX 77096), or the Literacy Council of Fort Bend County (12530 Emily Court, Sugar Land, TX 77478).


We offer our heart-felt thanks to our family, friends and neighbors for the outpouring of love and support that you have all shown during this very difficult time. While nothing can bring her back, the overwhelming response from this community is a wonderful tribute to Jan. It is comforting to know that she will live on in the memories of so many people. All of the calls, cards, flowers, food, visits, and donations are a phenomenal representation of the wide-spread impact that she had on the people of this community, as well as the impressive character of the people with whom we have shared our lives in Sugar Land. We also thank the City of Sugar Land police and emergency personnel for their extraordinary service and assistance to our family both during and since this tragedy.

Many have asked what you can do. Our best answer is for you to step-up your efforts to do more to help others, and on a personal note, please send us stories or pictures of your interactions with Jan. It will help us better to remember her. Thank you all so much for your friendship, contributions, and participation in this sorrowful and untimely journey.

Michael, David and Laura Schiff

 

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