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Marion Silton was an educator for many years, most recently working as the acting assistant principal of administration and organization on an interim basis at John Bowne HS in Queens. Previously, she served as the school’s program chair and taught business education classes in the years prior. Marion worked as an accountant before she became a teacher and was awarded a bronze medal in that field by City College in 1945. She is survived by her three daughters — Susan Tobias, Reba Silterra and Pam Singer — and her six grandchildren: Avi, Melody, Jacob, Max, Josh and Bobby.

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Ira Wells was a social studies teacher for many years until his retirement in 1981. He spent most of his career at Curtis High School in Staten Island and, early in his career, taught at PS 42, Port Richmond and Tottenville High Schools on Staten Island and Bay Ridge HS in Brooklyn. Ira was known as a dedicated teacher who rarely missed a day of school. Following his retirement, Ira worked part-time for the UFT, visiting schools throughout the city and giving presentations to teachers about their benefits. He was a World War II veteran and noted for his volunteer work.

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Thomas Walsh was a UFT member for 34 years, most recently teaching English literature at the LaGuardia High School of Music and Art in Manhattan. He retired early to spend time with his family, devoting time to coaching and guiding the academic, athletic and creative pursuits of his children, as well as those of his nieces and nephews. He enjoyed traveling the world with his wife and family, and introducing family and friends to the joys of travel.

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Beatrice Fierman was a social studies teacher at Frank D. Whalen MS 135, the Bronx. A graduate of Hunter College in the Bronx (BA - Class of 1964, MA - Class of 1968), Beatrice started teaching in 1965 and retired from the NYC Department of Education in 1995. Beatrice was an avid reader. Her parents, Joseph and Lily Fierman, and her sister, Anita Fierman, predeceased her. She is survived by cousins.

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Greta Facey was a UFT member for 25 years, most recently working in the Bronx. She helped students excel in Gifted and Talented classes. Greta is survived by her sons Eric and John.

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Marilyn Masierol was a dedicated teacher, UFT chapter leader and a published author with a career spanning over 30 years. She also served as a delegate to UFT, NYSUT and AFT conventions. Marilyn received her undergraduate degree from New York University and her masters degree from the College of New Rochelle. She is survived by her husband Richard Gradkowski.

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Clint Winant was an elementary school teacher at PS 121 in the Bronx, where he taught for 25 years and served as a UFT representative. He was loved by staff and students alike for his jovial personality, his willingness to chaperone noisy elementary school classes on museum field trips all over the city, his penchant for wearing costumes to celebrate every holiday and the hilarious songs he wrote for the faculty retirement parties he emceed. Clint was educated at Dutchess Community College and Hunter College.

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Anne Bush was a proud member of the UFT for over three decades, ending her long career as a teacher for gifted and talented kindergarten students at PS 153 in Queens. She was known as a dedicated, compassionate and energetic educator who loved using the outdoors as her classroom — taking her students on nature walks and science-related field trips. Her love of arts and crafts was reflected in the creative projects her students produced. Anne gave her late husband Thomas Bush the gift of life by donating him one of her kidneys. She is survived by her brother, Dr.

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Benjamina Hillery was a UFT member for over 35 years, most recently as a teacher at PS 304 in Brooklyn. Over the years, she also worked as a science coordinator and administrator and taught English language learners. Benjamina was one of the earliest African American women to graduate from Hunter College in the 1940s. She studied Latin and was fluent in French and Spanish and earned several master's degrees in education throughout her career. She also maintained an interest in politics, writing letters on behalf of civil rights and women’s liberation causes.

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Raquel Casona was a UFT member for over 40 years. Originally from Cuba, Raquel began her career in education as a school aide and then became a Pupil Accounting Secretary at Julia Richman High School in Manhattan, where she worked until her retirement in March 1994. She was known as a very caring person and loved by all who knew her. Raquel is survived by her son David Casona, her daughter, Nancy Casona-Castro, and two grandchildren.

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