June 21, 1950
February 16, 2022

CUPPETT– Jean, “Jeanne” (Jerz), Richland, 71, was cradled in the lap of her Savior, Jesus Christ, on February 17, 2022 after a battle with cancer. Born June 21, 1950, only daughter of Walter and Jean (Hamonko) Jerz. Predeceased by his parents, his little brother Andrew, his mother and stepfather Connie and Victor Cuppett, his sister and brother-in-law Karen and Terry Buterbaugh, his cousins ​​Ann Simmons and Kush Haggerty, his close friends Annette Krieger, Elaine Brzana, Bonnie Bunn and so many others who loved him so much. He is survived by his husband Cary, his daughter Randi Malzi, his son Chris, his brothers Wally and Vince, his nephew Matthew and many cousins. Jeanne has been so blessed by the support of her wonderful husband, Cary, and son Chris through this horrible illness. Jeanne was a 1968 graduate of Johnstown Central High School and later earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Pittsburgh while working as a medical-surgical nurse technician at Montefiore Hospital and a nurse’s aide at the Presbyterian Hospital, both in Pittsburgh. , PA. She earned her RN license in 1972. In 1985, while working full-time, Jeanne attended Indiana University in Pennsylvania full-time and earned her Masters of Science in Nursing. She took courses toward a Masters in Business Administration at Saint Francis College and in 2010 obtained her National Certification as a Pharmacy Technician. While doing nursing staff, she assisted Dr. Robert Mrkich as a pediatric nurse practitioner. Six months later, she became a nursing educator in the Greater Johnstown Area Professional Practical Nursing Program, where she taught classroom and clinical nursing on the medical, surgical, and midwifery floors of Lee Hospitals and Mercy in Johnstown. On leaving this position, she accepted the post of instructor in theoretical and clinical nursing in maternal and child care for three years in the associate degree program in nursing at Mount Aloysius Junior College until she resigned. as part of the mass resignation from all nursing faculties in support of its department head, Anne Sell. She spent the next year as a staff nurse on the maternity floor of Lee Hospital before accepting a position as a theoretical and clinical nursing instructor and course coordinator at Conemaugh Valley Memorial Hospital School of Nursing. Concurrently, she served as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Pittsburgh in Johnstown’s RN to BSN Nursing Program and a nursing instructor in the Mother-Child Nursing Course at the University of Pittsburgh’s BSN Nursing Program. Indiana in Pennsylvania. While in nursing school at Conemaugh Memorial Hospital, Jeanne taught at the trauma center and was certified as an emergency medical technician, working with the East Hills Ambulance Association. She then accepted the position of Assistant Professor of Nursing and RN Coordinator at BSN in the Baccalaureate of Nursing program at Saint Francis College. At the same time, she worked as a mother-child home nurse with Care Unlimited of Pittsburgh. She has chaired numerous college committees throughout her career and participated in community events. In 2014, after nearly 43 years of teaching, Jean retired as a full professor of healthcare management from Pennsylvania Highlands Community College. During her career, she was masterful in the creation of study programs and developed many programs in all the institutes of higher learning of which she was a part. More recently, she has created programs within the Health Sciences curriculum at PHCC. Her greatest accomplishments were Conemaugh’s Pharmacy Technician, Physician Assistant Technology, and Radiation Technology programs. His knowledge and contribution to the development of the general education core earned him mid-state accreditation for the college. Her progressive thinking about curriculum development and teaching/learning concepts led her to create and teach the first two online courses for Pennsylvania Highlands Community College in 2001. These courses were so successful that the college helped other faculty members create and deliver online courses afterwards. She has also created a comprehensive online program for medical coders. Jeanne has been recognized in many textbooks as an editor for FA Davis, WB Saunders, Elsiever Science and Addison-Wesely Publishing Companies. She has been named International Who’s Who of Professionals, Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers, Manchester’s Who’s Who of Executives and Professionals, International Who’s Who of Professionals and Who’s Who in Human Service Professionals. Life Member of Sigma Theta Tau Member, Zeta Lambda Chapter (Nursing National Honor Society), University of Pittsburgh and Indiana University of Pennsylvania Alumni Associations, East Hills Ambulance, Richland Fire Department and Moxham PNA. She had a kind heart and a generous and nurturing personality with everyone. She loved animals, especially her dogs and cats. His favorite philosophies were, “Timing is everything” and “A sense of humor and a good friend will get you through this life.” She did so many “wrong” things for the right reasons and often got in trouble for them. She always prayed for everyone and especially for all those who needed it. She loved Blessed Mother Mary and was grateful for every prayer that was always answered. Jeanne’s love for reading started early in life and she continued to read every day. She loved going to the beach every summer, playing cards and games with her family and online. Being very athletic in high school, she played basketball, softball, tennis, ping-pong and was a member of the first high school girls’ track team, in addition to being an officer in many clubs of school and create artwork for the yearbook. She was assigned as a sign language interpreter and school photographer for Conemaugh Valley Memorial Hospital and the Washington and Jefferson College ice hockey team. In the 1980s, she did commercial videography and photography. She loved to dance and in the 70s she trained with John Travolta’s dance teacher from the film “Saturday Night Fever” and continued to give private disco lessons. In the 1990s, she learned Country Line Dance and went dancing every day of the week. She loved her students and she loved teaching. At Jeanne’s request, there will be no public screening; however, the family will receive friends from 1 p.m. until time of service at 2 p.m. on Monday, February 21, 2022 at Harris Funeral Home, 500 Cherry Lane, Richland, Rev. Adam Dotts officiating, with music produced, arranged , played and sung by good friend, Walt Churchey. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Richland Fire Department, East Hills Ambulance or a charity of your choice along with your prayers in Jeanne’s memory. Online condolences can be posted at www.wharrisfuneralhome.com.

Published on February 17, 2022