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Harris Funeral Home
Monday February 21st, 2022
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Monday February 21st, 2022
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Jean "Jeanne" (Jerz) Cuppett

CUPPETT-- Jean, “Jeanne” (Jerz), Richland, age 71, was rocked to sleep in the lap of her Savior, Jesus Christ on February 16, 2022 after a battle with cancer. Born June 21, 1950, the only daughter of Walter and Jean (Hamonko) Jerz. Preceded in death by parents, infant brother, Andrew, mother and father-in-law Connie and Victor Cuppett, sister and brother-in-law Karen and Terry Buterbaugh, cousins Ann Simmons and Kush Haggerty, close friends Annette Krieger, Elaine Brzana, Bonnie Bunn and so many others who valued her so highly. Survived by husband Cary, daughter Randi Malzi, son Chris, brothers Wally and Vince, nephew Matthew, and numerous cousins.  Jeanne was 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 went on to earn a Bachelor of Science in Nursing Degree from the University of Pittsburgh while working as a Medical-Surgical Nurse Technician at Montefiore Hospital and a Nurse Aide at Presbyterian Hospital, both in Pittsburgh, PA.  She achieved her RN license in 1972.  In 1985, while working full time, Jeanne attended Indiana University of Pennsylvania full time and earned her Master of Science in Nursing Degree.  She completed courses toward a Master’s Degree in Business Administration at Saint Francis College and in 2010 obtained her national certification as a Pharmacy Technician. While doing staff nursing, she assisted Dr. Robert Mrkich as a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner.  Six months later, she became a Nursing Instructor with the Greater Johnstown Area Vocational Practical Nursing Program where she taught both classroom and clinical nursing on medical surgical and obstetric floors of Lee and Mercy Hospitals in Johnstown.  Upon leaving this position, she accepted the position of theory and clinical Nursing Instructor in Maternal-Child for three years at Mount Aloysius Junior College Nursing Associate Degree Program until she resigned as part of massive resignation of all nursing faculty in support of her department chairperson, Ann Sell.  She spent the following year as a staff nurse on the Maternity floor of Lee Hospital before accepting a position as a Nursing Instructor of theory and clinical and Course Coordinator at Conemaugh Valley Memorial Hospital School of Nursing.  Concurrently, she was an Adjunct Professor at the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown’s RN to BSN Nursing Program and a Nursing Instructor in Maternal-Child Nursing Course at Indiana University of Pennsylvania’s BSN Nursing Program.  While at Conemaugh Memorial Hospital School of Nursing, Jeanne taught in the Trauma Center and was certified as an Emergency Medical Technician, running with East Hills Ambulance Association.  She then accepted the position of Assistant Professor of Nursing and RN to BSN Coordinator at Saint Francis College’s Baccalaureate Nursing Program.  Concurrently, she worked as a Maternal-Child Home Health Nurse with Care Unlimited of Pittsburgh. She chaired many college committees throughout her career and participated in community events. In 2014, after almost 43 years of teaching, Jean retired as a Tenured Professor of Health Care Management from Pennsylvania Highlands Community College.  During her career, she was masterful at creating curriculum and developed many programs in all the institutes of higher education of which she was a part.  Most recently, she created programs in the Health Science curriculum at PHCC.  Her greatest accomplishments were the Pharmacy Technician, Medical Assistant Technology and Conemaugh’s Radiation Technology Programs.  Her knowledge and contribution to the General Education Core development gained Middle States Accreditation for the college.  Her progressive thinking with 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 supported other faculty members to create and offer online courses thereafter.  She also created a total online program for medical coders. Jeanne was acknowledged in numerous textbooks as a Reviewer for F. A. Davis, W.B. Saunders, Elsiever Science and Addison-Wesely Publishing Companies.  She was 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.  Lifelong member of Member of Sigma Theta Tau, Zeta Lambda Chapter (Nursing National Honor Society), University of Pittsburgh and Indiana University of Pennsylvania Alumni Associations, East Hills Ambulance, Richland Fire Department and the Moxham PNA. She had a kind heart and a giving, nurturing personality with everyone.  She loved animals and especially her dogs and cats.  Her 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 was always praying for everyone and especially anyone in need.  She loved the Blessed Mother Mary and was thankful for every prayer that was always answered.  Jeanne’s love for reading began early in life and she continued to read every day.  She enjoyed 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 girls high school track team, along with being an officer in many of the clubs at school and creating art for the yearbook.  She was the designated Sign Language Interpreter and School Photographer for Conemaugh Valley Memorial Hospital and the Washington and Jefferson College Ice Hockey team.  In the 1980’s she did commercial videography and photography. She loved to dance and in the 70’s she trained under John Travolta’s dance instructor from the movie “Saturday Night Fever” and went on to give private disco lessons.  In the 1990’s she learned to Country Line Dance and went every day of the week to dance.  She loved her students and she loved teaching.  At Jeanne’s request, there will be no public viewing; however, the family will receive friends from 1 p.m. until time of service at 2 p.m. 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 memory of Jeanne. Online condolences may be posted at www.wharrisfuneralhome.com.


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I am so sorry to hear of Jeanne passing. She was my instructor at CCACC from 1998-2000. She was a very influential person in my choice of healthcare for a job. I have the utmost respect for her and considered her a friend. My prayers go out to you all. A great loss…May she Rest In Peace.

Kathleen Kobal Mar 15 2022 10:40 AM

Cary, I wanted to let reach out to you to express my condolences in the loss of your wife Jean. I don't get up to Richland much since my mom passed away, but the next time I do I will contact you. Again, sorry for you loss.

David Byroade Mar 3 2022 7:03 PM

So sorry to hear of your lovely wife's passing. Our prayers and good thoughts for you and your family are with you. God bless and keep her in his loving arms.💖🙏

Marcella and Bob Scott Feb 21 2022 12:24 PM

Nursing is a calling, a commitment exemplified by Jean's lifelong accomplishments. Her work to advance nursing and other disciplines led many into the professions. She was truly a leader who worked side-by-side "in the trenches" with students & never missed an opportunity to learn from those she taught. Hands on care added a wealth of clinical expertise to learn and share.
She celebrated the joys of a successful outcome fo rthe critically ill or the birth of a healthy baby.
Her genuine love and concern comforted many who were mourning a loss or dying.
When her students were suffering "burn-out" or struggling, she was there.
When a firm stance was needed for performance improvement, she was there.
When praise & encouragement were needed, she was there.
At graduation ceremonies for the CVMH School of Nursing 1987 class, she was there.
Today, we mourn, yet celebrate a champion who touched so many lives. She made a difference in the world & will be remembered by all those carrying her legacy of caring & excellence.
Jean, for you, your son & husband, on this day I am here. Thank you!

Linda S. Yoder, RN Feb 21 2022 7:30 AM

Ah Carey I am so sorry to read this! My prayers are with you all!

Vaughn Dawson Feb 20 2022 4:52 PM

Cary so sorry to hear of Jeans passing. From her obit she was an awesome person. She was a very big part of your life. Please take care of yourself and family. From one your old (1967) rite aid buddies, jen shaffer.

Jen Shaffer Feb 18 2022 5:17 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Jean Cuppett

Edward Torchia Feb 18 2022 10:02 AM

Very fond memories of Jeanne as a person and a nursing instructor at CVMH SCHOOL of nursing. Her progressive thinking was much appreciated. My sympathy to her family.

Buddy Legath Feb 18 2022 9:52 AM

She was the best teacher. After not seeing her for 15 years, she remembered me as her student and hugged me in the grocery store line. She touched my life and helped me through my journey of success. I will be forever grateful for all she has done for me. R.I.P. Jean.

Lynne Dougherty Feb 18 2022 7:04 AM

So sorry to hear of Jeanne's passing. She and all the family are in my thoughts and prayers. Deepest heartfelt condolences.

Cathy Jerz Feb 17 2022 6:46 PM

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