Sara Jane Johannes Kalish was born on April 6, 1931. She was adopted as an infant by Al and Janet (Godersky) Johannes. Along with her younger brother Jim (James Alan), she spent much of her childhood in South Bend, Indiana and Cleveland, Wisconsin. She attended school in South Bend until her family relocated to St. Petersburg, Florida when she was a high school senior. She graduated from Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida and got her Masters in Education at Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana.
After graduating, she moved back to South Bend and taught second grade in a local public school. In 1955, she married Jack Harold Kalish, the brother of her good friend Pat Kalish. Jane and Jack had their first child, Katrina, in Ft Wayne, Indiana in 1956, and their second child, Susan, in Cheektowaga, New York in 1958.
During the next ten plus years, the family lived in New Mexico, New York (again), New Jersey and Florida, before settling in Virginia in 1971. Along the way, Jane developed many interests and talents including gourmet cooking, gardening and landscaping, leading Great Books, volunteering in the public schools, and coaching girls’ soccer.
She and Jack moved to the Goodwin House in Baileys Crossroads in 2010.
Jane leaves behind her husband, Jack, Katrina and Susan, and four grandchildren: Jesse, Matt, Emily, and Alexa, along with lots of plants and humans that her good work nurtured. She will be sorely missed by her family and friends. In lieu of flowers, you are invited to support the Alzheimer's Foundation of America. https://fundraising.alzfdn.org/projects/in-memory-of-sara-jane-kalish/