Essex Junction, VT
Cynthia Scholan, loving wife, mother, grandmother, teacher and friend passed away peacefully, surrounded by family on April 11, 2021, after a long struggle with Alzheimer’s Disease.
Cynthia was born on May 23, 1936 in Providence, RI to William E. and Margaret Maroney Kelley. She had a sister, Patricia who was five years older. While taking secretarial classes at St. Francis Xavier Academy in Providence, Cynthia was offered the opportunity to take a college entrance exam. She took the exam, graduated from St. Francis Xavier in 1953 and went on to receive a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Rhode Island College of Education (now known as Rhode Island College) in 1957.
It was during her college years that she met a handsome young pre-med student from Providence College. John, “Jack” Scholan became the love of her life and they married on June 27, 1959. Jack and Cynthia shared a deep and enduring love for each other and for the family they raised. They enjoyed 55 years of marriage until Jack’s death in December 2014.
Cynthia taught first grade in Providence, RI, and after that in Elizabeth, NJ, until the birth of their first child, Moira. Lysbeth was born two and a half years later in Burlington, VT where Jack was completing his residency. Their only son, Tim, was born in Clovis, NM while Jack served in the US Air Force. In 1965, the opportunity to join a family practice in Essex Jct. brought the young family back to Vermont where their youngest child, Kate, was born.
Jack and Cynthia embraced their new life in Vermont. They learned to ski, spent summer afternoons at the Boat Club in Mallett’s Bay and forged lifelong friendships. Cynthia loved the beauty of Vermont, but she never forgot her Rhode Island roots. She will always be remembered for her red hair, her zest for life and her contagious laugh. She took pride in being asked once as a young woman if she was the winner of the “Miss Rhode Island Red Head” competition.
She was involved in the community, volunteering for the Fanny Allen Hospital, the Brownell Library, the American Cancer Society and other causes over the years. Cynthia was a parishioner at the Holy Family Church in Essex Junction for over 50 years.
Cynthia was a loving and supportive partner to Jack and a wonderful mother. She was a 4-H leader, a cookie baker, a great cook, a mom who built snowmen, sewed clothes, dyed Easter Eggs, and made Christmas ornaments. As a grandmother, she played endless games of Chinese checkers, hosted pretend tea parties and made forts and castles out of couch cushions.
She was an artist at heart, once even skipping school to spend the day painting. With her creative and artistic eye, she created a beautiful, loving home which she opened to all. She was happiest when she had her family around her. They were truly her pride and joy.
Cynthia is survived by her daughters, Moira North of Franconia, NH, Lysbeth and her husband, Dan Karlok, of Montclair, NJ, and Katherine and her husband, Rich Stevens, of Wakefield, MA and a son, Timothy of Williston, VT. She leaves behind her loving grandchildren, Daniel North, his wife Michaela Simmons North, Margaret North, Quinn and Kelley Karlok, and Jack, Billy and Elizabeth Stevens, along with many nieces and nephews.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Thursday, May 6, 2021, at 11 a.m. at Holy Family Catholic Church
30 Lincoln Street, Essex Junction. There will be no visiting hours.
Gifts in memory of Cynthia Scholan may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association or to the American Cancer Society.
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