Jayne L. Barczyk, 80, of St. Marys, passed away on Monday, October 13, 2014 at the Senior Care Center in St. Marys.
Born in Ashtabula, OH in 1934, but raised in Erie, PA, Jayne met her true love and future husband, Joseph Barczyk, while a senior in High School. Four years later, they had a Military Wedding in Ft Knox, KY that commenced with the happy couple riding off to their reception in an open tank. Throughout their marriage, they were stationed in many places around the world and traveled extensively. Jayne treated each move as an adventure and instilled that love of travel in their only child Susan by making sure they thoroughly explored their newest hometown, whether in Bangkok, Thailand or Gretna, Louisiana. During Jayne’s years in Safety Harbor, FL, she was an appointee by Gov Lawton Chiles to be an Ombudsman for Nursing Homes in the State of Florida; a position she was honored to hold for many years. That was also the start of Jayne’s new life as tireless advocate for the disabled, disenfranchised, and other citizens who needed a voice. After Joseph retired, they knew they wanted to start their new chapter of life in a fresh location. While driving through the middle of Florida during a torrential downpour, the skies cleared and a beautiful, bright rainbow appeared. Jayne took it as a sign and suggested following it and thus, they discovered Sebastian, FL. There they both became very active in the local community because Jayne always said, “if you don’t like the way things are run, instead of complaining about it, try to fix it.” In Sebastian, Jayne served as a member of the Parks and Recreation Department and the Library Boards, was a Chairman for the City Code Board, and a Precinct Captain for the Democratic Party. Jayne was most proud to have been instrumental in getting a handicapped accessible playground built. Upon learning of Jayne’s Colon Cancer diagnosis in 2007, the Barczyk’s moved to Camden County to be closer to their daughter Susan and her husband Sean Malphurs. Jayne would tell people that if Susan hadn’t married Sean first, she would have wanted to adopt him. Even while battling cancer and undergoing grueling treatments, Jayne still wanted to give back to her new Georgia hometown. She and a few other cancer warriors started a cancer support group at their church, Our Lady Star of the Sea. It was open to all people of any faith who were touched in some way by cancer. The only requirement for membership was to have a sense of humor. Jayne’s sense of humor and quick wit was what people loved about her and how she would want to be remembered. Jayne’s long, courageous fight with cancer was over when she went to a final sleep on October 13, 2014. She told her daughter, “I’m OK with everything because I know Jesus loves me.” No battle is ever fought alone. The Barczyk/Malphurs families would like to express their deep love and gratitude to Jayne’s beloved political sparring partner, Dr Abraham Cheong and staff, Dr Daniel Dino, the caring team of Hospice of the Golden Isles for their support, and especially their wonderful second family at the Senior Care Center of St Marys, who made Jayne’s last few years full of love and laughter.
Jayne is survived by her husband of 59 years, Joseph P. Barczyk, her daughter Susan (Sean) Malphurs, all of Camden County, her sisters Charlene “Penny” (Terry) Krebs of Ft Wayne, IN and Candace “Sissy” Misterovich of Erie, PA, and a niece and nephews.
A memorial celebration of Jayne’s life will be held October 24, 2014 at 2pm at Our Lady Star of the Sea, 106 East Dillingham St, St Marys, GA. Because of Jayne’s giving nature, in lieu of flowers she would prefer people to honor her memory with donations to the Hospice of Golden Isles, www.Hospice.me/, 1692 Glynco Pkwy, Brunswick, GA 31525.
Allison Memorial Chapel and Funeral Home of St. Marys is in charge of arrangements