The Janice Lynn Sullivan Scholarship was established in 2018. The annual award is given to a Palm Springs school district student from a family financially impacted a life threatening disease such as cancer. In receiving this award, we wanted you to know something about the person whose name is on the award.
Janice “Jan” Lynn Kupferer Sullivan was known by all to be one of, it not the most, positive person in their lives. She was a caring person who always made you feel YOU were the center of her attention. The saying, “It’s not about me”, was how she lived her life. How better to continue her legacy than award an annual scholarship in her name.
Jan, at 63, formerly of Kankakee, IL, passed away early in the morning of April 11, 2019, at her home in Rancho Mirage, Calif., following a two-year battle with lung cancer. She had been a survivor of breast cancer. That is where her story ends, but it was how she lived that we all remember.
She was born Jan. 31, 1956, in Anna, IL, the daughter of Joseph Frank Kupferer and Helen J. Kupferer.
Jan grew up in Kankakee, IL, going to Eastridge High School and performing in many plays and musicals, and she also was very active in the choir. She played on numerous softball teams and played in many tournaments. Jan worked for her parents during and after high school at Helen’s Hobby Crafts and continued to work in the hobby industry until 1978.
Jan went on to work as a Kankakee County Sheriff’s department, starting in corrections Dec. 26, 1978. She worked her way up to detective level, and retired the force on April 14, 1994. Jan then worked security on a riverboat casino in Alton, IL, until she followed her dream and moved to California in 1999.
Jan began a job at the Fantasy Springs Casino in Indio, Calif., as a surveillance manager. She worked her way up to executive director of gaming control, which she was still doing at the time of her death.
Jan fell in love with golf and went to many LPGA tournaments, including the Evian in France, Solhiem and the Dinah Shore, now known as the ANA.
Jan enjoyed travelling, her work, her friends and family. She was always the person you sought out for wise advice and comfort during trying times. She had a wonderful sense of humor and seemed always to have a big smile. She chose to see the positive side of life, even during her long illness.
Jan also was a die-hard Cubs and Bears fan and was very good at fantasy football.
Jan loved her dog, Khloe and partner, Mary Ann Quijada.