September 16, 1931 ~ February 10, 2021

Born in: Pueblo, Colorado
Resided in: Pueblo, Colorado

Sarah Jane Proffitt passed away peacefully on February 10, 2021. She was born on Sept. 16, 1931, in Pueblo, Colo., where she was raised. She graduated from Centennial High School and received her teaching degree from Colorado Teachers’ College (now UNC) in Greeley. She taught many years in District 60. She played flute most of her life and was a member of the Pueblo Symphony, and Pueblo Municipal Band, as well as countless other musical groups. She had many flute students over the years. Most of her life revolved around her music and the activities of First United Methodist Church where she was a life-long member. She was a Bell Choir Director, Chair of the Scholarship Committee, Sunday school teacher and group leader of High School youth, choir member, and church council leader.
Jane was predeceased by her husband of 54 years, John L. Proffitt. She is survived by children, Sarah Kastendieck (Hill), Tom Hill, Jeremiah Proffitt, married to Chandra Proffitt; and son-in-law, Richard Kastendieck. She was greatly loved by her grandchildren: Heath Kastendieck, Kendra Kastendieck, Dylan Hill, Logan Hill, Paden Davis (Proffitt), and Lili Davis (Proffitt), and Atlas Proffitt. She also leaves a stepdaughter, Valerie Young (Proffitt).
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to First United Methodist Church Scholarship Fund or General Fund.
A memorial service for immediate family will be held Feb. 16, at First United Methodist Church. Following the service, the recording will be posted online at FUMC Pueblo on YouTube or the church’s Facebook page: @First United Methodist Church-Pueblo, Colorado. Online condolences,

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  1. Jane was one of my Mother, Phyliss Sciortino’s closest friends. I remember going to her lovely home for piano lessens, when her daughter taught my sisters and I. Jeremiah was just a little guy back then, maybe three. She was a wonderful woman. I have fond memories of her and her family.

  2. As president of Chapter CG PEO sisterhood we will miss Jane as a part of our group. Even though she has not been present for the past few years she was continually in our thoughts. We want to let her family know that we are very sorry for your loss. We wish we were able to be a part of the funeral service as we like to do for our sisters who have gone to Chapter Eternal. We realize that due to the situation of the pandemic it is not possible. She will be memorialized at our annual meeting in March.

  3. Jane was one of those delightful musicians who always seemed to bring an aura of happiness and light to any rehearsal or concert I had the opportunity to be at with her. Her special talents on her flute were unmistakable and unwavering. I will always remember how much she enjoyed the Symphonic Jazz Wind Ensemble (SJE) rehearsals on Monday nights with George Roach conducting and arranging at what was then U.S.C.!
    My condolences to her family. I know she will be deeply missed.

  4. CandleImageI can not express how much Jane meant to me. She was my mentor, my teacher and my friend. Jane gave me flute lessons for many years, in high school (1998-2002) and after as well. She told me at one point that she taught me all she could, that there wasn’t anything left for her to impart upon me, and I told her that “wasn’t possible, I still have so much to learn from you!” I told her that I still wanted to have my weekly lessons. She proposed a most generous offer that I couldn’t refuse. Instead of payment for lessons, we would sight read duets together. I cherished and looked forward to those “lessons” and in return all she asked for was for a little bit of help with her new Macintosh computer so she could learn to send an e-mail. Jane also helped me through a most difficult time in my life when my grandmother passed away. She gave me so much support, a kind ear, words of wisdom and a delightful cup of coffee to cheer me up, every week. I love Jane so much and I am blessed to have known her. I regret losing touch over the years. She was such a wonderful, beautiful soul and I will miss her greatly.

  5. Dear Miss Sarah thinking of you at this sorrowful time. You are very Special to us and Harper is thinking of you as well. You are in our prayers 🙏 God bless

  6. Dear Miss Sarah,I am very sorry for the loss of your mother. Please know you are ln our thoughts and prayers at this sorrowful time. I shared with Harper and she is thinking of you as well. Take care🙏❤️And God bless

  7. Jane shared her love of music with so many students throughout the years, I count myself lucky to have been among them. To her family, I want you to know that if the service could be open, the outpouring of love would be great because she was such an important part of the community for so many years and so many of us would want you to know that.

  8. Condolences to the family. I always enjoyed the company of your parents when I came to the US. Thank you for the wonderfull time we had together.

  9. Jane was my private flute instructor for many, many years. She factored significantly into my development and success as a musician, and into my decision to study music at UNC. I regret that we lost touch over the years. To her family, may your many memories of Jane be a blessing to you. Please accept my deepest condolences.

  10. My most sincere condolences to Jane’s family. I loved her & enjoyed working with her while principal at Somerlid School! Gob bless you all!
    Dr. Roldan

  11. To Jane”s Family:
    Please accept my deepest regrets on the passing of one of my most loved & respected teachers at Somerlid Elementary School. My prayers are with you at this most difficult time,
    God bless you all!

  12. Sarah, Jim will never forget you got him the job at the Test Center as you told your husband John about Jim getting your AV materials back to you in a timely fashion at District 60. Thank you for your kindness,

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