OUR SYMPATHIES GOES TO THE FAMILIES OF JUANA LEAH SCHOFF
Obituary for Juana Leah Schoff
CANAAN — Juana Leah Schoff, 78, passed away at the Coös County Nursing Hospital in West Stewartstown on Thursday, April 5, 2018.
She was born in West Stewartstown on Nov. 7, 1939, and was raised and educated in the local schools. Juana was a 1957 graduate of Canaan Memorial High School, and graduated from Lyndon State College in Lyndonville, Vt. in 1961, where she excelled as an athlete in softball, soccer and basketball.
For many years, she was a well-known school teacher and athletic coach to many students in the Northeast Kingdom. She began her teaching career in North Troy, then in Canaan, and finally in Newport from where she retired in 1999. Working with children was her passion and she was loved by all her students. Juana received many accolades and awards for her work, including being inducted into the “Athletic Hall of Fame” at Lyndon State College, and the Orleans/Northern Essex Hall of Fame. In 2006, Governor James Douglas presented her with the Vermont “Governor’s Award” for Community Service.
Juana was always involved in her community, giving of her time and talents. She was a member of the Canaan Historical Society, served as a trustee for the Canaan cemeteries and supported all community events and the local sports teams.
She was a very active member of Delta Kappa Gamma International Society for Key Women Educators for 48 years, taking leadership roles in the Epsilon Chapter in the Northeast Kingdom as Corresponding Secretary, Chair of membership committee, Communications, Personal Growth, Professional Affairs, Hospitality and Fundraising.
She enjoyed snowmobiling and won several races for the Border Riders Club. Juana was an accomplished trumpet player, a talented wood carver, and she loved to go fishing, panning for gold and camping at the beach. Her garden, from which she gave away much of what she grew, was her passion. She looked forward to spring when she could harvest the fiddlehead ferns, dandelion greens and wild onions.
Juana is survived by Joel (Ruth) Fearon and children Jodi Fearon, Jason Fearon and Rebecca Fearon; Shellie (Michael) Bresnahan and children Kevin Bresnahan, Moira Gagnon and Brian Bresnahan, Rosalie (Bruce) Hawes and children Torri Lanier, Traci Scherer and Jonathan Hawes; Janice (Tom) Jackson and children Linda Hutchinson and Scott Jackson; Mary Fearon and children Mark Fearon and Dean Fearon.
She is predeceased by her parents Josephine and Perley Fearon, brother James Fearon, favorite aunt Bernice Fish and dear friend Polly Carney.
The family wishes to thank the staff at the Coos County Nursing Hospital for the wonderful care shown to Juana these past several years.
Memorial calling hours will be at the Jenkins & Newman Funeral Home in Colebrook on Friday, April 13, 2018, from 5-8 p.m. A memorial service will follow the next day, Saturday, April 14, at 2 p.m. at the Grace Community Church in Canaan. A private interment in the Canaan Village Cemetery will be held at a later date. Expressions of sympathy in Juana’s memory may be made to the Canaan Recreational Park, P.O. Box 159, Canaan, Vt., 05903; or to the Grace Community Church, Gale St., Canaan, Vt. 05903.
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The Museum is located on the second floor of the Alice Ward Memorial Library at 27 Park Street in Canaan. The Greek Revival building was constructed in 1846. Meetings are held on the third Friday of every month.
Monday - Friday, 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. for guided tours to walk through time.
Monday - Thursday, noon - 5:00 pm
Friday, noon to 4:00 pm
Saturday, 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Mission Statement The purpose of the Canaan Historical Society is to collect, preserve and exhibit whatever explains and illustrates the heritage of The Town of Canaan
People in Canaan take pride in thier independent nature and "can do" attitude. There are several activities during the year, including the Old Home Day and Sugar on Snow Social, softball tournaments and the Moose Festival that brings a crowd of around 4,000 people to the town for the weekend. The Historical Society Museum is near by and the members participate.
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