A Cal State Fullerton alumna, and mother to a CSUF student, committed suicide on Wednesday, her husband told the Daily Titan.
The deceased was identified as Jane Marie Kalscheuer, 52, a resident of Covina. Kalscheuer fell to her death from the roof of the six-story State College parking structure, according to CSUF Police Lt. John Brockie.
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Lead Grounds Worker Mark Panozzo witnessed the incident.
â€œI saw almost like a blur from the fourth or fifth floor, and I thought someone was throwing something over the side,â€ Panozzo said. â€œAnd, as I looked up, there were tennis shoes attached to it. And as she was coming down, it was really hard because youâ€™re thinking, â€˜Can I help?â€™ â€
Panozzo said he and others ran up to see if she was breathing, but from what he could tell, she was unresponsive.
â€œItâ€™s definitely something I will never forget,â€ Panozzo said. â€œItâ€™s so sad … Iâ€™m in shock.â€
Her husband, Cary Kalscheuer, 49, also a CSUF alumnus, shared some thoughts on his wife.
â€œSheâ€™ll always be loved and remembered for her contribution to our family and young children,â€ Cary said.
Jane received her bachelorâ€™s degree in communicative disorders in the early â€™80s from CSUF and recently worked at Vincent Childrensâ€™ Center in West Covina.
Jane began suffering from depression and anxiety this past year, making two suicide attempts since March.
â€œShe was diagnosed with depression. She was anxious and also she was going through menopause,â€ Cary said. â€œWe went to a number of different doctors to treat the depression and the menopause.â€
Her regression became evident as her depression worsened in the past six months, amplifying within the last three months, causing her to take an estrogen supplement, anti-depressants and anti-anxiety medications, according to Cary.
â€œThis isnâ€™t a complete shock to me because of the prior attempts. This is the third attempt. She tried on March 17, then again on April 7 and then today. Each time, we struggled to try to treat her condition. It was very difficult for the entire family,â€ Cary said.
Her two prior attempts at suicide were with pills. Due to these attempts, Cary felt he could not watch her at their Covina home and brought her to her parentsâ€™ house in Fullerton during the work week.
â€œShe felt the pills failed and she wanted a more sure way of ending her life. I think she saw in the parking structure, apparently; that opportunity, and Iâ€™m a little surprised she ended up getting out of the house. I hoped she would be watched, and I canâ€™t blame my in-laws for not being able to watch her 24/7. In any case, she left their house and walked over to Cal State Fullerton sometime between 10 a.m. and 11 a.m.,â€ Cary said.
Janeâ€™s family sought help for her from a psychiatrist, a psychologist for counseling, a neurologist and an endocrinologist for hormone therapy, even treating her with â€œso-called new medicine.â€
â€œWe tried to do everything in our power to help her, and, unfortunately, she had a serious depressed day. It changed her personality; it changed who she was,â€ Cary said. â€œAnd although she did change, everybody loved her.â€
Jane affected many lives after receiving her bachelorâ€™s from CSUF, she went on to receive her teaching credentials for special education, as well as an early child development certificate from Cal Poly Pomona.
â€œItâ€™s just very unfortunate. She was a very outgoing person, and had a special talent in working with young children,â€ Cary said. â€œ(Jane) helped hundreds of kids and families dealing with learning disabilities, speech problems and autistic children. Iâ€™m sure sheâ€™s going to be missed in the teaching community, and sheâ€™ll obviously be missed by her family.â€
Michael Kalscheuer, a 22-year-old human services major and son of the deceased, shared his motherâ€™s gift of touching peopleâ€™s lives through her humor.
â€œShe would always have a kind spirit toward any personality her children (students) had, and the stories she would tell would always represent a child beautifully. Itâ€™s too bad that depression took over such a wonderful person,â€ Michael said.
Cary touched on his late wifeâ€™s depression, stressing the severity of the illness.
â€œLiving with my wife, I know how different she was when she became depressed. I think family members need to get help; the right kind of help,â€ Cary said. â€œ(Depression is) a serious condition and shouldnâ€™t be taken lightly. I thought we were doing everything we could to help her, but it wasnâ€™t enough. We didnâ€™t do enough.â€
Michael reminisced about his mother and the affects of her illness.
â€œBut, more than anything, I do want her to be remembered as a wonderful person. This depression really overrides the person she really is. She really brought cheer to people lives,â€ Michael said, through tears. â€œI considered her a best friend, in addition to a mother, and Iâ€™ll miss her so much. Itâ€™s hard to fathom living a happy life without her.â€
Cary further expressed his apologies and his hopes that the incident doesnâ€™t tarnish the University and overshadow the good itâ€™s done for his family.
â€œIâ€™m really sorry she did this at Cal State Fullerton, because there were so many good memories there, and we still have people that interact with the University,â€ Cary explained.
Michael expressed what he would say if given the chance to say one last thing to his mother.
â€œI would say that I really, sincerely still love her,â€ Michael sobbed. â€œIâ€™ll really miss her.â€
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