The Children's Mental Health Network community of families, providers, researchers and policy-makers lost a great advocate with the passing of Jan Markiewicz. Jan's light burned bright in her tireless efforts to educate and train those who care deeply about improving the lives of youth with emotional challenges and their families. Always with a smile, Jan had a way of keeping the trials and tribulations of this work in perspective. I will always remember her positive can-do attitude and welcoming spirit. Through the sadness that comes with her passing I, like many others who had the opportunity to be touched by her grace, am blessed to have known her and benefited from her kind and gentle spirit.
Jan's obituary is below with links for remembrances included:
- Jan Meredith Markiewicz passed away on January 21, 2014, in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. She was born on April 3, 1957, in Sarasota, Florida to Kenneth and Joan Meredith, who preceded her in death. Jan is survived by her husband, David, and their children, Alex, Damien and Molly.
If you loved Jan, words cannot describe her time with us. If you knew Jan you have your own story that helps you remember what she meant to you. If you did not know Jan, think of someone wonderful and you will begin to understand.
Left behind to carry forward her memory and life passions are her siblings Shirley, John, Joan and Jim, in-laws, nieces, nephews, friends, colleagues and all the people in this world who want to make a positive difference in the lives of others.
A celebration of her life will be held on Saturday, February 1st, at 2:00 pm, at the Newman Catholic Student Center Parrish, 218 Pittsboro St., Chapel Hill, N.C. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to Wind River Cancer Retreat, or Moffitt Cancer Center (please specific neo-endocrine cancer speciality).