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Thursday, May 3, 2012

Obituary: Tiffany Corbett, 41 years at Plainfield High School

Tiffany inspired her students to research Plainfielders who gave
their lives in the Vietnam War for the new War Memorial.

Tiffany Kominos Corbett, 64, of Summit, NJ, passed away surrounded by her loving family on May 2, 2012 after a courageous battle with breast cancer since 1992 followed by metastasis in 2008.

Family and friends will assemble at 10 AM at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, 250 Gallows Hill Road (off East Broad Street), Westfield, NJ on May 5, 2012.   Visitation will be on Friday, May 4, 2012 from 3 to 5 PM and 7 to 9 PM at the Higgins and Bonner Echo Lake Funeral Home, 582 Springfield Avenue, Westfield, NJ.  Interment will be at Fairview Cemetery, 1100 E. Broad Street, Westfield, NJ.

The only child of the late Fanny Courlas Kominos and Gus Peter Kominos, Tiffany was born in Johnson City, NY, where she lived until 1961, when her family moved to Livingston, NJ.  Tiffany graduated from Livingston High School in 1965, Russell Sage College in 1969 (BA-History & Government) and Seton Hall University in 1973 (MA-American Studies).  She was married to her college sweetheart, James M. Corbett, for 42 years.  She was the loving and supportive mother of Lindsay Faye of New York City and Jeffrey Peter of Charlotte, NC,

She was an educator, having taught Social Studies at Plainfield High School for 41 years, retiring in 2010.  Chosen as Teacher of the Month several times, she was very involved in community service and research projects with her students, writing curriculum for the Bicentennial in 1975-76, and having her students research the lives of the16 Plainfield men who died in Vietnam and made contact with 14 of the 16 families with her students as part of the Plainfield Veterans Memorial Project.  She took her experience with breast cancer to the Plainfield Public Schools, involving her students in Teens Tie A Ribbon for the Cure and the faculty in Passionately Pink for the Cure during each month of October.  She was elected to the Plainfield High School Hall of Fame in 2011 as a non-alumnus faculty member.

She was an active volunteer in her community, having been involved with the Summit Junior Fortnightly Club, co-writing a fundraising cookbook, For Hospitality’s Sake in 1982, the Junior League of Summit, and with Susan G. Komen for the Cure, NJA where since 1997, she was instrumental in a national breast cancer charity tournament at Canoe Brook Country Club, Rally for the Cure.  She helped raise nearly $245,000 over the past 14 (began in 1997) years for breast cancer awareness, education, and support, and the last few years, donations were also made to Operation Bling, Inc., Pathways and the Carol G. Simon Cancer Center at Overlook Hospital.

In 2002, as an intermediate18-hole Women’s Golfer at Canoe Brook CC, she took great pride in achieving what many aspire to - a Hole in One on the North Course #14.  She made sure that the framed ball and plaque was visible for all to see in her house.  She loved to play bridge, play golf and travel, and do needlework as well as read when time afforded it.  Most important was reading the newspaper before she went to work, so she could prepare her students for the news that would be tomorrow’s history.

Her family will always grateful to the many friends who helped her and supported our family as she fought the good fight.

In lieu of flowers, donations in her name may be made to PHS Hall of Fame – Tiffany K. Corbett Memorial Scholarship, PO Box 2689, Plainfield, NJ 07060, Attn:  Martin P. Cox; Overlook Hospital Foundation, Carol Simon Cancer Society, 36 Upper Overlook Road, PO Box 220, Summit, NJ 07902-9987; Susan G. Komen for the Cure, NJ Affiliate, 785 Springfield Avenue, Summit, NJ 07901.

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Anonymous said...

Thanks Dan for posting this my heart is so heavy right now. I did not know Mrs. Corbett had passed away. She used to be my teacher. I really appreciate the information.