Obituaries

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  • Died October 22, 2017
    Heather Purcell was a UFT member for 30 years, working extensively with special needs children.
  • Died October 6, 2017
    Sylvia Vogel ended her career as a guidance counselor at PS 200 in Brooklyn after over 20 years of teaching.
  • Died September 27, 2017
    Lorraine Riddick was a paraprofessional at PS 308 in Brooklyn.
  • Died September 16, 2017
    Carrolyn Williams taught exceptional children and worked as a guidance counselor.
  • Died September 3, 2017
    Bob Astrowsky was one of the UFT’s most beloved leaders whose service to the union spanned more than 50 years.
  • Died August 29, 2017
    Myrna Friedlander began her career as a 2nd-grade teacher at PS 167 in Brooklyn before becoming a reading teacher.
  • Died August 10, 2017
    Gloria Eady’s 83 years on this earth took her from Pineville, South Carolina to Queens, New York.
  • Died August 9, 2017
    Suzane Hamberry was a UFT member for 25 years, most recently as a school psychologist.
  • Died July 6, 2017
    Marilyn Berger was an Education Evaluator at Beach Channel HS in Queens.
  • Died June 30, 2017
    Richard Quarto taught social studies for 36 years, most recently at IS 73 in Queens.
  • Died June 26, 2017
    Alan Weber was a UFT member for 54 years and a longtime 5th-grade teacher at PS 23 on Staten Island.
  • Died June 23, 2017
    Doreen Maniscalco was a UFT member for over 30 years, working as a teacher in various elementary schools on Staten Island.
  • Died May 31, 2017
    Janet Gaw-Adamski was a talented teacher and loyal colleague who served as a third- and fourth-grade classroom teacher, third-grade teacher consultant and computer lab teacher at PS 58 in Brooklyn.
  • Died May 28, 2017
    Perdita Harrington was a UFT member for 18 years, most recently as a paraprofessional at PS 308 in Brooklyn.
  • Died May 22, 2017
    Selina Ahoklui, the 1998 New York State Teacher of the Year, died on May 22. She was 76 years old.
  • Died May 10, 2017
    Helene R. Sacher taught English language learners in District 10 in the Bronx and was a UFT member for 47 years.
  • Died April 19, 2017
    Dorothy Evans was a paraprofessional at PS 75 in the Bronx and a UFT member for 29 years.
  • Died March 30, 2017
    Johanna Schwencke taught physical education at William Cullen Bryant HS in Queens for many years and also served as the UFT chapter leader.
  • Died March 26, 2017
    Robert Rizzotti was a 5th-grade teacher at PS 276 in Brooklyn.
  • Died March 3, 2017
    Edward Markowitz taught air-conditioning and refrigeration at DeWitt Clinton HS in the Bronx for 22 years.
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