Janet Sue Bischak
Beloved Wife, Sister and Aunt
We regret to acknowledge the passing at home of Janet Sue (nee Skinner) Bischak of Nutley, NJ and Crystal Lake (Clifford Twp., PA), on Friday February 14, 2020 after a four year struggle with Metastatic Breast Cancer. Visitation will be at the Biondi Funeral Home of Nutley, 540 Franklin Avenue on Monday, February 17 from 3:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. There will be a funeral service celebrated at the funeral home on Tuesday, February 18 at 11:00 a.m. Visitation will be from 10:30 a.m. until time of service The interment will be at Glendale Cemetery, Bloomfield.
Janet was born in Lyndhurst, NJ to Margaret Marie and Kenneth Bell Skinner on February 2nd, 1949. She grew up in Carlstadt and attended Lindbergh Elementary School and graduated from East Rutherford High School in 1966. She then attended and graduated from Elizabethtown College in Pennsylvania in 1970, and completed her Masters Degree in Botany at Ohio State University in 1972. She later completed a second Masters Degree at William Paterson University in School Administration.
While working as a secretarial fill-in in the summer of 1970 at Garden State Paper Company in Garfield, she met Mike Bischak at the Xerox Machine. They were engaged the following year and married in October 1972.
Janet taught for one year at St. Cecelia’s in Kearny, and in 1974 started a 42 year career teaching at Faust Intermediate School in East Rutherford, where she taught 7th and 8th grade science. She was also instrumental in bringing computers into the classroom.
Janet got involved with the East Rutherford Education Association early in her tenure at Faust. She was President of EREA for several years, and helped negotiate several successful contracts with the East Rutherford Board of Education. She got involved with the Bergen County Education Association and from there the New Jersey Education Association where she served on the Executive Committee for ten years. Her favorite area of interest was Government Relations. She was a delegate representing Bergen County at several National Education Association Representative Assemblies in various states across the country. In retirement, she continued to act in an informal advisory role to the leadership of BCEA. She then joined the Bergen County Retired Educators Association where she served as 1st Vice President until shortly before her passing.
Janet was predeceased by her parents. She is survived by her husband of 47 years, Mike Bischak, and her sister Lorraine Skinner Talbot and her husband Phil. She is also survived by her sister-in-law Joanne Straut and her husband John, and their children Michele Fullam and her husband Jon, and their children; and Susie Elling and her husband Ken and their son.
In lieu of flowers, please consider making memorial donations to Elizabethtown College, One Alpha Drive, Elizabethtown, Pa. 17022.
To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Janet Sue Bischak, please visit our floral store.
One Alpha Drive, Elizabethtown PA 17022