Social worker's love encompassed patients, family
Janice Pope offered candy and hugs to every patient who went through her family therapy office in White Oak.
“When they left that office, they felt different,” said Alison Barnett, a psychiatrist who began working with Mrs. Pope, a social worker, in 1995. “Janice was that different kind of caring person. ... She took emergency calls, took calls on the weekend. She was a phenomenal human being.”
Janice Marie Pope of Versailles Borough died Sunday, March 24, 2013, at home. She was 70.
Mrs. Pope held bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of Pittsburgh and had a special interest in educating and protecting children from sexual abuse.
She became fast friends with Barnett after they began working together in Alma Illery Health Center in Homewood.
“We came together and hit it off right away,” Barnett said.
She was close to her only sister, Loretta Ferry, a former emergency room nurse.
In fact, they lived next door.
“Our parents died very young. ... We just couldn't be away from each other,” Ferry said. “We were only sisters.”
Besides, Ferry said, they “only had to walk next door for the holidays.”
When Mrs. Pope opened her private practice, she and her husband of 51 years, Sidney R. Pope, remodeled the office to make it comfortable and cozy. Their efforts were not lost on her patients.
“They just loved that office,” Barnett said.
It was a special place where her sister handed out “humor and sympathy,” Ferry said.
Mrs. Pope, who also worked as a hypnotherapist, was an adjunct professor at the south campus of Community College of Allegheny County and a practicum adviser for the University of Pittsburgh.
She enjoyed spending time with her family — camping in the mountains, riding ATVs, boating and traveling with her husband and her grandson, Darren.
Mrs. Pope was preceded in death by her parents, Walter J. and Cecilia (Gabauer) Galeza.
In addition to her husband and sister, she is survived by sons Dean, of Elizabeth; David, of Mt. Pleasant; and Dale, whose address the family did not have. Also surviving are four grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
Friends will be received from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday and 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday in Willig Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 220 Ninth St., McKeesport. A blessing service will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday in the funeral home chapel, with the Rev. Vincent Velas officiating. Committal service will follow in Mt. Vernon Cemetery.
Craig Smith is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-380-5646 or email@example.com.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Penguins confident Pouliot will be healthy, ready for camp
- Former longtime Steelers publicist Kiely dies
- Ukraine conflict, disappointing earnings reports weigh on stocks
- Penn State football team savors cultural experience
- FSU star QB Winston working to improve on, off field
- Facebook fans fancy ‘I’m So Greensburg’
- Trio holds up Penn couple at gunpoint in home
- Judge reaffirms Texas’ ‘Robin Hood’ system of school funding unconstitutional
- Pirates’ Cole growing in 1st full season
- Not to be left behind, speedy Steelers are on the fast track in NFL
- Parents sue Penn Hills School District, allege assault by teacher