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Janet (Kornmeyer) Springfield
  • In lieu of flowers, a donation in memory of Janet may be made to www.newenglandwild.org

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“Kate,It's been almost the day of my fathers birthday,that Noah,told me about your moms passing.I respected Janet,both as a mom,professional and...Read More »
1 of 23 | Posted by: Ina Brother - Boston, MA - Friend

“Just received your note about dear Janet's passing. It triggered wonderful memories of her warmth and welcoming spirit from the days we lived in the...Read More »
2 of 23 | Posted by: Nadia Maddens - Sterling Heights, MI

“Kate,Annie, Tonight,I learned of your moms passing. I don't have words to express how sorry I feel for the both of you. I am just stunned. Your mom...Read More »
3 of 23 | Posted by: Ina brother - Brookline ma, MA

“Have many memories of Janet, our former neighbor and babysitter. May all her family have God's comfort. Lona (Henry) Roarick ”
4 of 23 | Posted by: George and Lona Roarick - Mexico, NY

“John, So sorry to hear of your wife's passing, it's clear from your remembrance how much you cared for her. I wish I had some comforting words...Read More »
5 of 23 | Posted by: kevin lary - providence, RI

“John, I am really sad to hear about the loss of your wife. I learned about it just now from an email from Karen King. Clearly your wife was a...Read More »
6 of 23 | Posted by: Bart Barros - Canton, MA

“Although we did not know Janet very well. However her smile and friendly demeanor showed everyone in our family that we were blessed with her...Read More »
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8 of 23 | Posted by: Royce Skocdopole - Bixby, OK

“Janet was a very special and wonderful friend and I miss her terribly. ”
9 of 23 | Posted by: Diane Parry - Waltham, MA

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10 of 23 | Posted by: Diane Parry - Waltham, MA

“John, Kate and Anne, Janet touched many lives in the years she taught Fifth Grade at Underwood. She was a special person - smart, cheerful,...Read More »
11 of 23 | Posted by: Dian Bohannon - Newton Centre, MA

“Jan was a natural teacher and leader. She gave more than she ever took. The many Delta Sigma reunions were such a great success due to the commitment...Read More »
12 of 23 | Posted by: Linda Coniglio - Okemos, MI

“Whether leading us in song or preparing a delicious repast Jan was a Delta Sig through and through who will be sorely missed by all whose lives she...Read More »
13 of 23 | Posted by: Dede Rock - Watchung, NJ

“Janet was a great conversationalist. At family reunions she was always engaged in some topic with every generation at the reunion. She is a great...Read More »
14 of 23 | Posted by: Tim Kornmeyer - Utica, NY

“Jan was unique and special. She was a smart, enthusiastic, hardworking leader who held things of value together - her family, her friendships, above...Read More »
15 of 23 | Posted by: Sharon Feldman - Tampa, FL

“John, Katie, and Annie, Your wife, mother and my dear friend was a great colleague and a very special lady! We had so many good times teaching...Read More »
16 of 23 | Posted by: Lee Hardaway - Newton, MA

“Dear John, Katie and Annie ( and family) your Wife/mom was a true teacher mentor, hero and friend to me. I will miss her so much. But, as I do each...Read More »
17 of 23 | Posted by: Annette Rand - Newton, MA

“My thoughts and prayers are with the family at this time. Jan was a beautiful and loving Delta Sister inside and out. She will forever be in my heart...Read More »
18 of 23 | Posted by: Squeaky Cyphert - Wasilla, AK

“Our Delta sister and friend will be sorely missed. ”
19 of 23 | Posted by: Michele Ameigh - NY

“I love you now and for ever, my sister. ”
20 of 23 | Posted by: Toni Walker - Seminole, FL

“Our thoughts and prayers go out to John, the girls, and surviving family members. Jan was able to make a big difference in many a life she had...Read More »
21 of 23 | Posted by: Jim & Marlene Boczkowski - MI

“John and family. My dear cousin sorry for your loss of wife and mother and most of all friend. Be strong in your faith and know she is receiving her...Read More »
22 of 23 | Posted by: Linda Jacobson (Boczkowski) - MI

“Jan was truly one of the best human beings I have ever known. She touched so many lives in a very special way. I was privileged to have had her in...Read More »
23 of 23 | Posted by: Karen Wiley - Cape Vincent, NY


Janet K. (Kornmeyer) Springfield, of Newton Centre, a retired math and science teacher at Underwood School in Newton, passed away on August 14, 2015 due to complications after pancreatic surgery. She was 69.
Janet grew up in Boonville, New York, where her mother was her English teacher and her aunt was her history teacher. She received her undergraduate degree from Buffalo State University, where she was an active member of Delta Sigma Upsilon sorority, and received her graduate degree in biology from Michigan State University. Previous to teaching in Newton, Janet taught biology and earth science at Quincy High School for 16 years. She taught at the Underwood School for over 20 years and was instrumental in developing the outdoor classroom to encourage learning about plants and the natural world. In addition to teaching, she loved the outdoors, athletics, exploring nature and travelling. She travelled in China several times, toured New Zealand, and saw the northern lights in Sweden. She also visited Spain, Great Britain, and took a river cruise through central Europe.
After retirement, Janet became active in the Newton Community Farm, the Garden in the Woods, and worked the polls for the Newton Election Commission. She also belonged to several quilting organizations, and used her love of quilting to introduce geometry to her students. She was an avid photographer, and loved to take pictures of plants, insects as well as people.
She is survived by her husband John Springfield, her daughter Kate St. Laurent and her husband Daryl of Somerville, her daughter Anne Springfield and her fiancé Aaron Berdofe of Minneapolis MN, her sister Barbara Bradish and her husband Mike of Lyons Falls NY. She is also survived by 3 nieces, a nephew and numerous cousins.
Janet was a natural teacher, respected by all those whose lives she touched. Her true spirit showed through her curiosity about the natural world, and she used her enthusiasm to inspire others to learn. She loved people, and getting to know everyone's story. In lieu of flowers, a donation in memory of Janet may be made to www.newenglandwild.org

A Celebration of Janet Springfield's Life will take place at First Baptist Church of Newton 848 Beacon Street, Newton Centre MA 02459, September 19, 2015 at 1 pm. If attending the Celebration of Life, please notify John Springfield at spring6@comcast.net