District mourning the loss of dear friend and
educator Jane Unhjem
2012 - The Goshen Central School District is mourning the
loss of a devoted educator and friend. Jane Unhjem, assistant
superintendent for curriculum and instruction, passed away on Sunday,
August 19 from injuries sustained from a plane crash in Long Island.
Jane’s husband, Erik, was also on the plane and is
at the Stony Brook University Hospital Medical Center with critical
injuries. Another passenger was pronounced dead at the scene.
It is unclear who was piloting the plane.
Jane was a vibrant educator and leader with an
infectious energy that affected everyone around her. She took tremendous
pride in her work and her warmth and enthusiasm for learning was evident
each and every day she spent at Goshen Schools. During her time with the
district, she touched the lives of countless students, parents and
faculty members. The entire Goshen community is deeply saddened by the
loss of our dear friend.
“Jane was deeply loved and respected within our
district and community, not only as an educator but as a friend,” said
Superintendent Daniel Connor. “She was a tremendous force in our
district and the mark she has left will not soon fade. Words can’t
express how sorely she will be missed.”
Jane is survived by her husband,
Erik, her children, Gayle and Matthew, and her
parents, Val and Ray Waleski. Services are unknown at this time.
Starting immediately, grief
counselors from the district and Orange-Ulster BOCES are available at
the Goshen High School for any staff members or students who are in need
of support during this difficult time. The counselors will also be
available from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. tomorrow, August 21.
District seeking monetary
donations: The district has received several phone calls and
visits from community members who are looking for ways to help the
Unhjem family during their time of need. The district has been in
contact with Jane and Erik’s children, Gayle and Matthew, and they are
in need of monetary assistance to help with expenses while they are by
their father’s side. If you would like to make a cash donation (cash
only, please), visit Mary Ellen Nutley or Cindy Brown at the Main Street
Building, 227 Main Street in Goshen.
Donate via PayPal:
A family friend set up an account where people can make donations to the
Unhjems using their PayPal accounts. There is also an address for people
who would like to mail a donation in the form of a check. To make a
donation, view the
Unhjem Family Fundraiser page.