An upstate assistant superintendent who died in an August plane crash in Shirley was remembered Sunday at a memorial service as a dedicated educator with a "special connection to everybody."
"She always complimented my outfits, always," student Morgan Heinrich told News12 at the event for Jane Unhjem, which took place inside a packed Goshen High School auditorium. "She would also come to our volleyball and our basketball games and cheer me on."
Unhjem, 60, was the Goshen Central School District's assistant superintendent for curriculum. She died in August in a fiery plane crash in Shirley.
The accident also claimed the life of David McElroy, 53, who was piloting the single-engine plane. Her husband, Erik Unhjem, survived the crash, suffering burns that force him to wear a glove on his hand but few other injuries.
"I can only say I'm a walking miracle. I can't explain it," Erik Unhjem, 61, told News12. "I don't understand it. I don't have a scratch. I just have my burns."