WESTERNPORT — Janet Fay Cavin, 76, of 306 Baughman Street, Westernport, passed away Wednesday, June 11, 2014, at Western Maryland Regional Medical Center, following a 22-month long battle with stage IV lung cancer, surrounded and loved by her three daughters.
Born Oct. 28, 1937, in Keyser, W.Va., she was the daughter of the late Arthur “Cowboy” Alonzo Umstot and Hannah Louise Gates Umstot (whom Mom took care of during Grandmother’s illness before her passing in 1993).
She was also preceded in death by her husband of 56 years, Oscar Frederick “Fred” Cavin Jr. on July 13, 2013; her father-in-law, Oscar Frederick Cavin Sr.; her beautiful granddaughter, Erin Renee Greene; her dear friend, Ruby Pfeifer, whom Janet cared for through Ruby’s fight with ALS.
As a young girl, Janet loved “Bobbsey Twins” and “Grimm Fairy Tales” books and attending Little League and Westvaco games on the Avenue, and she kept busy roller skating, singing and dancing, listening to records and writing stories. Janet loved to walk in the rain and the snow, and sitting on the front porch talking to her friends. Janet began playing the piano for her church at a young age, and up until her death, she had played for over 64 years for many different churches and other events. One of Janet’s most special memories from school is the purple dress she made in 8th grade. Although she only earned a “C” on the dress, Janet was so proud that she made herself her own dress. She played soccer and basketball (where she was known as “Shotgun”) at Bruce High School in Westernport, and was also a member of the “Chicken Girls” dance troupe until she was 16, and then discovered a little thing called boys. She wasn’t overly fond of school, but easily earned good grades, although she got marks in her report card for “talking too much.” When she graduated from Bruce, she moved to Martinsburg, W.Va., where she met Fred, and they were then married on June 23, 1957.
Since then, Janet has devoted her life to God, her marriage and to her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She has attended hundreds of musicals and plays, concerts, football games, baseball games, soccer games, basketball games, parties and every activity she could that involved her family. Janet loved to swim, and had many friends who looked forward to her coming over to the pool so they could play with her. Janet loved her churches, After-School, leading choirs and youth groups, Sunday School, church camps and her volunteer work at local nursing homes, and she continued volunteering until her health prevented. Janet had just played for her churches three weeks ago, but was thinking that perhaps it was time to give it up because “her fingers just didn’t seem to work right.” She very recently, as we later found out, on the day of her stroke on Palm Sunday, Mom played the “Hallelujah Chorus” for a community program, which was so well received by all attending...and Janet beamed with pride and a sense of such accomplishment for the choir.
Janet loved Christmas especially – a time when all of the family congregated at her home and had a merry time. Janet cooked and handed out presents to her heart’s delight. Being a mom and a grandmother, birthdays, family picnics, volleyball games in the backyard, fireworks on the 4th of July, shooting basketball with the grandchildren, holidays, music, flowers, horses, friends, cats, her fish, her late night baseball games...these are a few of her favorite things...and we will miss all of the things about her that made her special. Mom...YOU MADE A DIFFERENCE.
She leaves behind four children, Trish Morgan and husband, Tony, of Barton, Rick Cavin of Pennsylvania, Jenny Whiteman and friend, Mike Smith, of Cumberland, Debbie Greene of Culpepper, Va., and a special daughter-in-law, Patsy Butts Tichinel and her husband, Bobby, of Westernport. She is also survived by her grandchildren, T.J. Morgan and wife, Sarah, Karin Johnston, Sherry Wood and husband, Wilbur, Kevin Johnston, Christopher Johnston and significant other, Vanessa Becker, Andy Morgan, Dustin Cavin, Ryan Greene, Sierra Cavin and fiance, Jackie Wade, Lindsey Cavin and significant other, Justin Beaule; step-grandchildren, Mandy and Chae Whiteman; great-grandchildren, Cameron and Devon Jones, Kamden Morgan, Alexis Johnston, Aubree Morgan, Christopher Johnston Jr. and Colt Whiteman; sister, Dorothy Lee Simpson and husband, PeeWee, of Martinsburg, W.Va.; five nieces and nephews; and her Himalayan cats Toni and Tigger, who shared a wonderful “kitty-cat” life with Mom for almost 16 years.
The family would like to especially thank the following for their loving and gentle care during Mom’s illness: Qamar Zaman, MD, who took excellent care of Mom and whom Mom dearly loved; Stanley Watkins, MD and the staff at Schwab Family Cancer Center; the staff of Riverside Clinic in Piedmont, W.Va., especially Lois Hartman and Connie Bess; Kheder Ashker, MD and Augusto Figueroa, MD; Murtaza Amir, MD and Riaz Janjua, MD; Stanley Matyasik, MD; Sunil Gupta, MD; Lameh Fananapazir, MD; Aman Dalal, MD; Thomas Ghobrial, MD, who was scheduled to give Mom a new hip on July 1, 2014; the nurses and staff on the 5th and 7th floors of Western Maryland Regional Medical Center, especially Beverly, Sue, Mugda, Lori, Beth, Shayna, Mandy and Kelsey. A special heartfelt thank you is expressed to some of Mom’s most dearest friends for their love and support on her journey: Don and Alice Stephens, Barb Fisher, John Daniels, Pastor Sandy, Harold Bradley, Chuckie Broadwater, Joyce Alexander, Janie and Ellwood Cole; Victoria Coleman, Heather McKenzie, who was very, very special to Mom; next door neighbor Tyler, whom Mom cared about and loved so much; Jaime and Tom Striplin, Anne Campbell, Joyce Morris, Lou Dille; Betty Ann Aronhalt and the staff and children of Tri-Towns After School; Brenda Gatto, Kay Hutton, Shelby Walls, and to all those who contributed to Mom’s Serenity Garden, which Mom will watch grow and flourish from Heaven above.
Friends and family will be received at Boal Funeral Home, 111 Church Street, Westernport, on Friday, June 13, 2014, from 3 to 8 p.m.
The funeral service and celebration of Janet’s life will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, June 14, 2014, at Trinity United Methodist Church, 34 Jones Street, Piedmont, with Pastor Sandy Cowan officiating and Deacon Harold Bradley assisting. A bereavement dinner will follow the service and will be coordinated by the women of Trinity, Waldon and Vine Street UM churches. All who would like to celebrate Janet’s life are welcome to come to the dinner.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you make a donation in memory of Janet F. Cavin to one of Mom’s churches or favorite local charities: Vine Street United Methodist Church, Waldon United Methodist Church, Union Rescue Mission and the Allegany County Animal Shelter.