Calhoun, Jada Jeanne
Age 44, of Southside Slopes, Pittsburgh, passed away suddenly on June 11, 2020.
Wife of Chuck Turkaly, Mother of Charles, Jacksonville FL, and Neil, of Beaver Co, Grandmother of Leo Xavier, loving daughter of Adrienne Gildersleeve Siciliano and Stepdad Joseph D. Siciliano, loved biological daughter of Charles S. Calhoun, CA, half-sister of Nolan, Logan and Harley, Niece of dear aunts and uncles throughout the country. Survived by many friends and cousins in Sq. Hill, the East End, Springdale, Oakmont, Penn Hills, and the Greater Pgh. area. Also friends and cousins throughout the USA, Australia, and South Korea.
Jada attended Liberty Elem. School, Urban League Daycare, Frick Middle Sch., Schenley H.S., The Oakland School, and the American Lung Association’s Camp Huff-n-Puff, sponsored by Breathe PA, as a camper, beginning age 6, and later as a counselor. Liberty Elementary School is part of the sister city program of which Pittsburgh is paired with Wuhan, China. When Jada attended Liberty, she was chosen to exchange her art work. She won a Gene Kelly Award, with her classmates at Schenley H.S., for choreography and later did community theater, including productions by friends supporting the aims of Pittsburgh AIDS Taskforce and PRIDE. After being awarded a full scholarship as an African American woman student she decided to attend Randolph-Macon Woman’s College. Then she went to CCAC, and later became a Certified Optical Medical Assistant. Her family, along with Jada, is in support of the Dor Hadash congregation of Pittsburgh. She was a caregiver of children, the elderly, and neighbors, of course!
Jada was a voracious reader who loved to feel the pages as she turned them. She inspired others to expand their reading selections and shared her enthusiasm for the written word freely. She loved the exchange of ideas with the broad circle of people she loved.
To celebrate Jada’s life, the family asks that you:
Plant a garden,
Eat some peaches, make some pickles,
Honor your family, enjoy all animals, and
Take care of little growing things.
And read a book.
A Memorial Visitation will be held on Friday, June 19th from 4-8 PM and Saturday June 20th from 1-5 PM at English Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Inc. 378 Maryland Ave. Oakmont PA 15139. A Memorial Service will be held on Sunday June 28, 2020 at St.Thomas Memorial Episcopal Church as part of their regular 10:30 AM service.
If visitors wish to participate in the sacrament of the Eucharist please call St. Thomas before the 28th at 412 828 9680.
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