Janet Susan Scales

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Asheville – Janet Susan Rosenthal Scales, 49, went home to be with her Lord on Monday, March 22, 2010 after a long and courageous battle with multiple myeloma. Janet was born in Poughkeepsie, New York and was a daughter of Bettina "Betty" Rosenthal and of the late Benjamin Rosenthal. In addition to her mother, she is survived by her husband of 26 years, David Scales and their three children, Ryan Scales, Brittany Scales and Jessica Jacks and her husband Joe and their daughter Lilly, all of Asheville; a sister, Lauren Paparone and her husband John of Wake Forest, N.C.; and brothers Philip Rosenthal of San Francisco, CA and Seth Howe of Los Angeles, CA. Janet was a devoted and loving wife, mother, grandmother "Mimi", friend, and teacher. She poured her life into others and loved her students at Estes Elementary where she taught for many years. Janet and David regularly attended Biltmore Baptist Church in Arden. A memorial service will be held at Biltmore Baptist Church on Friday, March 26, 2010 at 2:00 pm with the Reverend Sam McLamb officiating. The family will receive friends from 7:00 to 8:30 pm on Thursday, March 25, 2010 at Groce Funeral Home at Lake Julian on Long Shoals Road. Memorials may be made to the Lymphoma and Leukemia society at www.leukemia.org

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  1. I am a teacher at Estes Elementary School. Janet was a loving, caring member of our staff. May God grant you peace and grace at this time.

  2. We are grateful to God for our friendship with Janet, Dave and the kids. We hold dear each kind memory of Janet through the years. May God who is rich in comfort and peace provide strength, hope, and much grace for our friends the Scales. We love you.

  3. We are both very saddened by the news of Janet’s death. We are praying for your family’s comfort and peace through this time. May God be your strength. We both are already missing Janet. Our hope is to be with her in eternity. With love, Charley and Nancy Markhoff

  4. David, We are so sorry for you and your family’s loss. Janet’s passing will leave a big hole in your hearts and your lives. But I know that you will realize that she is free from pain now and is with the Lord.
    Our condolences and love,
    Aunt Barbara & Moe

  5. I work at Estes and have known Janet for several years. She was a special person that touched the lives of so many. She will be missed by all who knew her.

  6. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you at this time. Janet was a very beautiful friend with a kind, loving, and generous spirit. I am so saddened by her passing that the words just don’t seem sufficient. I will cherish her memory and I hope the memories of your life with her will help you find peace in the days ahead.

  7. It’s strange, but the clearest memory I can form all these years later is coming over to play with Jessica in 7th or 8th grade and Mrs. Scales asks us to help her with something. We ended up sitting at the table folding papers for her church and sticking them into envelopes. Also Jessica’s 7th grade birthday party so everyone was running in and out of the house and another time we were trick or treating in the 8th grade. I came over several times that year though I hadn’t thought about it in quite some time.

  8. Janet always had a smile to share if only to pass in the hall at school. She will be truly missed,she blessed us all. My prayers are with you.

  9. Dave, we are so saddened by the news. I’ve spoke with many of your friends and colleagues at work; everyone is thinking and praying for your family. We know your faith will help give you strength through this. In Christ, Wayne and Debbie Stoia.

  10. Our whole family is praying for the whole Scales Family. David, we have known you forever. You and Janet were everything to each other. She was your dream from the start. I can still remember your words. Just keep remembering the wonderful life you had together…so many memories. We love you and pray for you.
    Tom, Donna, Brian and Traci Burnett

  11. I knew Janet first at Estes as a parent, when I taught Brittney, and then later when Janet was the assistant in my classroom. She was a wonderful mother who deeply loved her children, and they were the focus of her life. She was caring and kind to the children and staff members at Estes, where she will be greatly missed by so many. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

  12. My dearest friend I will miss you so much.
    It has been a privilege to have known such a loving and caring person.You are all in my thoughts and prayers.

  13. I hope you all are able to rest in the arms of Jesus as He brings you comfort during your time of mourning. I had only just begun to know Janet, but it was enough to make me realize what a special person she was. I can’t even begin to imagine the emptiness you must all feel without her.

  14. David,
    Vickie and my thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family. Thank you for the encouraging email you sent to Vickie and me. The Lord will see you through this tough time. Keep his faith with you always.

  15. May the love of God surround you and support you all this period of your life. Janet is in the place we all want to go to.

    God Bless,
    Dale & Linda Stephens

  16. Dear David,
    We are so thankful for our friendship with you and Janet. She was a special blessing in this life. Take comfort in knowing what Janet experienced Monday, captured by the words of Stephen and Jesus.

    ‘Look, he said, ‘I see heaven open and the Son of Man standing at the right hand of God.’ Acts 7:56
    ‘Jesus answered him, ‘I tell you the truth, today you will be with me in paradise.’ Luke 23:43

    May the God of all comfort, grace, love and truth richly bless you and your family today and always.

    We love you.
    Derick & June Jarvis

  17. My son Hunter was in Mrs. Scales class last year – he loved her – she will be dearly missed at Estes.

    May God give you comfort and peace during this most difficult time.

  18. Janet,

    You know how much I love you and will always love you. You are much more than a sister…you are my best friend. I know that you have found everlasting peace with the Lord and will always be with us.

    Love, Lauren

  19. I work at Estes and had known Janet For several years. Her family and the children at Estes were always her life. Janet had a gentle spirit and loving heart and will be missed by all whose life she touched.

  20. Janet touched so many hearts. She was truly a beautiful and caring person. She will be missed by all but most definitely not forgotten. My prayers and thoughts go out to all her loved ones. She is at peace now and is no longer in pain.

  21. I had not known Janet very long. But she always had a smile for me and a hello. She was a great women with extrodinary strength. It is nice to know that she is in heaven looking down on all of us exspecialy her family. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.

  22. Dear Family,
    The loss of our dear cousin, Janet, weighs heavily on our hearts. You are in our thoughts and prayers at this time of grief.
    Andy and Marilyn Berkow

  23. We at Grace-Biltmore Presbyterian church also miss our friend Janet, and extend our sympathies to David, Ryan, Brittany and Jessica and Joe. I greatly appreciate the work and support and friendship that David and Janet gave to Grace Biltmore and to my wife Cindy and I over the years. Please let me know if there is anything I might be able to do in this difficult time of grief. Sincerely,
    Larry Hartley

  24. David,

    My prayers go out to you and your family during this time of grief. I hope it is of some comfort to know that she is in Heaven with God, free of pain, and you will be with her again some day.

  25. We are grateful to the Lord for His faithfulness & grace in sharing Janet & your family with us over the past 16 years. We are deeply greived at the present loss and sadness her passing causes you all, but rejoice in the strength of her & your faith in the hope of the Resurrection & the Life that Jesus offers us. We know that Heaven is a better place for her presence and we anticipate the reunion that we too shall one day share. May the Lord protect adn guard your heart, soul, mind, & body through the challenges ahead and guide you in the paths that lead to our Great Hope!

  26. Dearest Uncle David, Ryan, Brittany, Jessica, and family,
    Aunt Janet will so be missed! It breaks my heart to think of the pain you must be going through. You will always have memories and can always lean on us, your family. We love you and miss you! If you need anything at all, call us anytime. I love you so much! Gosh I can remember when we were little and all six cousins would be running around our town house. It was crazy and fun all at the same time. We love you so much and you are in our prayers!
    Rest in peace Aunt Janet, you were such a giving and wonderful mother, aunt, wife and so much more. You will be terribly missed. We love you!!!

  27. May God’s grace be sufficient for you now and in coming days. We rejoice that Janet is enjoying the presence of the Lord and pray for Dave and the whole family. We love you.

  28. To a dear friend & co-worker…your smile,laughter and friendship will be missed. You will always be in my heart.

  29. Dear David, Ryan, Brittany and Jessica,
    I am heartbroken over your loss of Janet. I know The Lord will sustain you as he has me and my boys. Janet was well loved I pray you will feel the prayers that are lifting you up all over town. Cling to God’s promise that he will never leave you and he has a plan for your future. I know Janet is in the presence of The Lord in heaven and we will see her soon. Your sister in Christ, Cheryl

  30. Dear Dave, Jessica, Brittney and Ryan, Aunt Betty, Lauren, John, Seth and Phil,

    I want to think that Janet is in a much better place. It is hard on the people who are left behind..I carry Janet heart with me I carry her heart with in my heart. Janet will always be part of us. She will always be remembered
    With Love,

  31. Dave-
    Words cannot express how Sam & my heart breaks for you and your family’s loss. ‘Mom & Wife’ are a huge part of everyone’s world.
    May the Lord find comfort for you- as only He can. We can rejoice with God’s angels, however- Janet has now ‘arrived’ and is healed – forever.
    Sam & I will be praying for you as the days progress.
    Our hearts in Christ to yours-
    Renee Barger-Brumbaugh
    and Sam Brumbaugh

  32. What an honor to have known such a wonderful person. Janet always had a contagious smile…even in her roughest times. God Bless.

  33. David,
    we’ll always remember Janet’s gracious invitation to join you all while on the cruise. We really enjoyed touring with you. With sincere condolences, bless you and your family.

  34. Janet was truly an amazing person. Loving wife, mother, friend and teacher. I miss her so much already, and I will always remember the good memories we have together. Her smile was so contagious! I pray for Dave, Jessica, Brittany, and Ryan everyday. We love you guys!

  35. My thoughts and prayers are with janet and her family as they have been during her fight with Myeloma. Janet was will be sorely missed.

  36. Dear Scales Family–My prayers go out to you for comfort and peace. Janet was such a sweet and funny friend and neighbor. She is gone too soon from this world. I know we all look forward to seeing her again soon in paradise. Many blessings to you all! Sincerely-The Methvin Family, Forest Lake

  37. We were so sad to hear of Janets passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family. Janet was a loving caring person that gave so much of herself to all of those who knew her. She touched many lives by her love and caring spirit. She will greatly be missed. The Sechler Family

  38. For the almost 5 years I lived in Forest Lake, Janet was truly a neighbor. I will never forget her calling me on my daughter’s 1st day of kindergarten at Estes, just to tell me she was okay. My deepest condolensces go to her family.

  39. Dear David and Family,
    It is with great sadness that we read of Janet’s passing. She always had a smile on her face and an upbeat outlook…..a real witness to others. And…we know how very much she loved her family and what a wonderfully devoted husband you have been David and your children showing their love was all so apparent.
    Someone sent this to me upon a loved one’s passing: ‘ May you find comfort in knowing your loved one is in the company of Jesus.’
    May those words bring you comfort.
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.
    In His Love,
    Karen and Dallas Norris

  40. We are so sorry to hear of Janet’s passing. We pray not only for her but for her whole family during who loved and supported her.

  41. We are obviously mourning the loss of Janet and still having a hard time digesting it all. I know she loved the Lord and is with him right now-no longer suffering but rejoicing. Our prayers go out to David,Brittany,Jessica,Ryan and family.

    May God give you comfort,
    Matt & Cindy Cannon

  42. We are so very sorry to hear about Janet’s passing. She was such an amazing person, who always had a smile and a such a positive attitude! I hope precious memories of special times together will give you all comfort, and I pray that God will give you a peace that passes all understanding. We will continue to keep your family in our thoughts and prayers. Sincerely, the Mundys

  43. I was so sorry to hear about Janet. I know that she will be greatly missed by not only her family but by friends and acquaintances as well. I remember the day that she and Seth were born in Poughkeepsie. It was quite a big event in our neighborhood. I hope that you will be comforted by your memories of the sweet person that Janet was.

  44. Family, so many sweet memories of the trip to Poughkeepsie to spend the day with the Rosenthal family–and my cousin Janet. I keep that happy picture in my mind and send all of you my love in this difficult time, my heart aches for the loss I know you feel. Janet, I will always remember you as a kind and gentle soul with a sweet and loving heart.
    Much Love,
    Cousin Barbara

  45. When we moved into Forest Lake 1999, Janet was the one to reach out to our family and make us feel right at home. We were only there a year but left with friends that still keep in touch in today’s busy life. Dave, Jessica, Britney, and Ryan, Pam and I and Bryce and Ashley all hope you know you all know that you are in our thought and prayers. Please accept our most heartfelt sympathies for your loss…our thoughts are with you and your family during this difficult time.

  46. To all, I was so sorry to hear about Janet. I have spent a lot of time this week thinking about all of the great memories of Janet from our childhood together. Please know that you are all in my thoughts and prayers as I know you have all lost a great wife, mother, grandmother, daughter, sister and friend. Peace and Blessings, Terry

  47. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family! Although Janet and I did not get to spend much time together since our middle school years.. I have fond memories of her. It was a pleasure to meet her family and quite a coinsidence that your family is in the same town where I moved years ago! She was sweet and kind with an amazing love for the Lord. She is in good hands. Thank you for sharing with me. May the Lord be with you and your family.


  49. we are so sorry for your loss. may all your good memories comfort you as you move forward.
    all our condolences,
    helane and don linzer and children

  50. My family has known the Scales for 15 years. We have enjoyed them as neighbors and friends. Everything I have been thinking about Janet boils down to this. At any event we would end up at together(and there have been many over the years) I would feel joy knowning I would have someone pleasant and fun to visit with. I will miss Janet greatly. Our condolences to the whole Scales family.

  51. Oh David, I’m so sorry to hear word of your loss and hope that the passage below offers some consolance to you and your children.

    John 6:37-40
    All that the Father gives me will come to me; and him who comes to me I will not cast out. For I have come down from heaven, not to do my own will, but the will of him who sent me; and this is the will of him who sent me, that I should lose nothing of all that he has given me, but raise it up at the last day. For this is the will of my Father, that every one who sees the Son and believes in him should have eternal life…

  52. Dear David and Family,
    I am so very, very sorry to hear of the loss of your precious wife and mother, Janet.
    Praying that you will feel the presence of Christ, and will experience his sustaining love at this most difficult time.

    Your sister in Christ,
    Maria Cain

  53. She was a wonderful, loving and caring woman who touched my familys life especially my daughter Brandy who loved her class and hoped her two little sisters would have her too. Her smile & her presence will always be missed.

  54. Lauren & Family,

    Please accept our deepest and heartfelt sympathy.

    May Janet’s life be a blessed memory for all of you.

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family

  55. Betty and Lauren, Our love, thoughts, and prayers are with you. I know in my heart that Janet is at peace now with Ben. Ilene and Shelby Katz

  56. My dearest Jessica, Joe, and Lilly,
    My heart truly goes out to you. I am keeping you and your family in my prayers. If there is ever anything I can ever do, just let me know.
    Love always,

  57. Dave and Family,
    We feel so fortunate to have shared some enjoyable momments with you and Janet at holidays and special family events. We will never forget that Janet was the first to welcome us to the nieghborhood when we moved to Asheville.
    We are very sorry for your loss of this very special person.

  58. So very sorry to hear of Janet’s passing. We lost touch after high school and recently found each other again thru Facebook. I am so glad I had the chance to speak with her before the world lost her. My condolences to all the family.

    Mrs Rosenthal….my mom and dad (Marci and Marv Bennett from Poughkeepsie) send their love to you.


  60. David, you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. I know that you will find strength and comfort in our Lord.

  61. Dear Dave and family,
    Please know that our love and prayers are with you. We will always remember Janet as a woman who opened up her home and her heart to others. We were touched by her goodwill. Blessings to you all.

  62. Dave, Jessica, Brittany & Ryan,
    I can’t express how sad I feel. You are all in my thoughts and prayers. I know Janet is safe in the arms of our Father.

  63. Our hearts and prayers are with you David, in your loss to you and your family. May God be with you and comfort you.

  64. I am so sorry to hear of Janet’s passing. I was shocked to read of it in the paper. It has been a while since I have seen or spoken with Janet – back when we all enjoyed the days of watching Jessica and my son, Justin Shelton, in TCR’s marching band. Please know that you all are in my thoughts and prayers.

    God Bless, Judy

  65. We’re so sorry to hear of Janet’s passing and know how much you all will miss her. We’re also sorry that we’re out of town and won’t be with you today.

    Sending you our deepest condolences,
    Jill Sagarin and Joe Bonamarte

  66. Lauren and Family please accept our deepest sympathy in your loss. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.

  67. Hello Dave,

    I was stunned to hear of Janet’s death. I know she suffered greatly. I’m so sorry for you and your entire family – so very sorry.

  68. I am sadden to hear of Janet’s passing. I have fond images of her from High school. We were the lucky ones to have know and been part of her too short life. I believe we are never dead as long as we are never forgotten. Janet will live on with all the many lives she has touched along her journey. She will not be forgotten!

  69. I was sad to hear of the passing of your loved one Janet. I lost touch with her after school, and would have been happy to know that she was teaching. With her smile and careing, I know it must have been a calling of her’s. I know that words can’t help ease your pain, or loss.
    Know that she is in many other heart
    as well as your’s. She will be missed.

  70. I was so sorry to hear of Janets passing..I remember her from school and the neighborhood, she was always very sweet

  71. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family at this most difficult time. May you all find comfort and peace with each other remembering your beloved Janet.

  72. my thoughts and prayers to Janet and her family. She was a wonderful person and I’m glad I was lucky enough to know her

  73. Dave & Family,
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you. I will always remember the good times that Janet and I shared at IBM together. God Bless.

  74. Janet has always been so sweet and kind. She will be missed. I am praying for you Dave and all the family. She is at peace in God’s loving arms.

  75. I was so very sorry to hear of Janet’s illness and passing. We were very good friends in Jr. & High School (Spackenkill) and although we lost touch over the years I will always have such fond memories of her. She was always smiling and was a truly beautiful person. My heart goes out to her family – may God comfort you in this time of sadness. You now have an angel to watch over you from above……RIP Janet

  76. David- thanks for sharing Janet’s memorial. I’m so sorry for your loss. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. Martha

  77. David, Ryan, Brittany, Jessica and family.

    I was deeply saddened to hear of Janet’s passing.

    My thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family during this time of sorrow.

    May the comfort of God and the peace that comes from the memories and the love you shared, comfort you now and in the days ahead.

    With heartfelt condolences,

    Kimberly Albertson

  78. Condolences to your family on this very sad news. Will remember her smiling young face from high school, and pray for your hearts to heal.


    Brian Hogan

  79. Dave and family,
    We just now heard and can’t express how sorry we are to hear about Janet’s passing. Please accept our deepest condolences. Janet was an absolutely awesome person and we will always have fond memories of our time together at IBM. We send lots of love your way.

  80. I’m sorry to hear of Janet’s Passing. I met Janet at Todd Junior High and immediately noticed her smile, jokes and quick wit. (I remember thinking that she must have some Irish in her!) I hope her family can overcome the sadness of their loss and instead focus on time spent with Janet and smile.

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