In Memoriam

in memoriam

On this page, we honor those NYSUT members lost as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

Solidarity. It’s not a fleeting concept. We stand in solidarity with our members as they dedicate their lives to improving the lives of others. And when our members pass, we stand in solidarity with those who loved them, ensuring their service and lives are not forgotten. These are difficult and uncertain times. But what is certain is that NYSUT is here for you — especially in a time of loss. We are not only your union, we are family.

Though we grieve here, we hope too this is a place for people to find solace. Our members spent their lives serving others. They made a difference. Their lives should be celebrated.

NYSUT is a family. And families in a time of loss need a place to gather, to grieve, to remember. We offer this memorial page not only to remember but honor, those we’ve lost.

  • LEADER SUBMISSION FORM. NYSUT local union leaders may submit photos, stories and bios about the union members we lose during this crisis online at www.nysut.org/memorialform. Login required.

Michelle Alexander

Paraprofessional
Local: UFT
Died: 4/5/2020

Jeffrey Alston

Teacher
Local: UFT
Died: 4/12/2020

Stuart Baker

Teacher
Local: UFT
Died: 3/29/2020

Irving Barash

Teacher
Local: UFT
Died: 4/6/2020

Louis Barcelo

Teacher
Local: UFT
Died: 4/16/2020

Sharon Bascom

Teacher
Local: UFT
Died: 4/6/2020

David Behrbom

Teacher
Local: UFT
Died: 4/5/2020

Oganes Bogaryan

Professor
Age: 85
Local: United University Professions - SUNY Maritime
Died: 4/5/2020

Eric Chasanoff

Teacher
Local: UFT
Died: 5/5/2020

Gilbert Constant

Paraprofessional
Local: UFT
Died: 3/30/2020

Rulx Dagus

Paraprofessional
Local: UFT
Died: 4/3/2020

Diony Diaz

Music Teacher
Local: UFT
Died: 4/2/2020

Vinicio Donato

Teacher
Local: UFT
Died: 4/10/2020

Lincoln Esbrand

School Counselor
Local: UFT
Died: 4/3/2020

Valerie Fata

Teacher
Local: UFT
Died: 4/11/2020

Lois Flacke

Teacher
Age: 87
Local: Shenendehowa Teachers Association
Died: 4/13/2020

Martin Flanzbaum

Teacher
Local: UFT
Died: 4/4/2020

Gabrielle Gayle

Special Education Teacher
Local: UFT
Died: 4/25/2020

Rosario Gonzalez

Paraprofessional
Local: UFT
Died: 4/5/2020

Elena Gonzalez

Paraprofessional
Local: UFT
Died: 4/7/2020

José Gonzalez

Paraprofessional
Local: UFT
Died: 3/24/2020

Tammy Hendriks

Teacher
Local: UFT
Died: 4/17/2020

Julia Hidalgo

Paraprofessional
Local: UFT
Died: 4/16/2020

Rose Mary Infantino

School Counselor
Local: UFT
Died: 4/13/2020

Virginia Jackson

Teacher
Local: UFT
Died: 4/14/2020

Alba Juliano

Paraprofessional
Age: 73
Local: UFT
Died: 3/25/2020

Sharon Kaufman

Special Education Teacher
Local: UFT
Died: 4/6/2020

Karen Kelly

Paraprofessional
Local: UFT
Died: 4/11/2020

Carol King-Grant

Teacher
Local: UFT
Died: 4/6/2020

Lewis Kirsch

Teacher
Local: UFT
Died: 4/15/2020

Deborah Korczynski

Paraprofessional
Local: UFT
Died: 4/11/2020

Edward LaTourette

Teacher
Local: UFT
Died: 4/24/2020

Ralph E. Lauricella

Teacher
Age: 71
Local: Mt. Vernon Federation of Teachers
Died: 4/2/2020

John C. Leonard

Teacher
Local: UFT
Died: 3/31/2020

Robert Maller

Teacher
Local: UFT
Died: 4/24/2020

Carmen Manto

Paraprofessional
Age: 75
Local: UFT
Died: 4/3/2020

Allyson Mestel-Schapira

Speech Teacher
Local: UFT
Died: 4/19/2020

Alexander Meyers

Teacher
Local: UFT
Died: 4/11/2020

Christopher Modal

Paraprofessional
Local: UFT
Died: 3/26/2020

Edward Moroney

Teacher
Local: UFT
Died: 4/19/2020

Magda Napoleoni

Paraprofessional
Local: UFT
Died: 4/10/2020

Sharon Nearby

Teacher
Local: UFT
Died: 4/4/2020

Kimarlee Nguyen

Teacher
Local: UFT
Died: 4/5/2020

Magdalena Elizabeth Ocampo Franco

Social Worker
Local: UFT
Died: 4/16/2020

Alyssa Pantilieris

Special Education Teacher
Local: UFT
Died: 4/5/2020

Carole B. Philogene

Teacher Aide
Age: 65
Local: BOCES Teachers Association of Westchester #2
Died: 4/16/2020

Roy Pikser

Teacher
Local: UFT
Died: 4/23/2020

Myrtle Pollard

Teacher
Local: UFT
Died: 3/28/2020

Linda Pope

Paraprofessional
Local: UFT
Died: 4/4/2020

Paula Pryce-Bremmer

School Counselor
Local: UFT
Died: 3/26/2020

Frank Reale

Teacher
Local: Putnam Valley Federation of Teachers
Died: 4/2/2020

Diane L. Riegger

UFT administrative assistant
Local: UFT
Died: 4/8/2020

Claudia Rodriguez

High School Guidance Counselor
Age: 56
Local: Irvington Faculty Association
Died: 4/3/2020

Jennifer Romain-Hinds

Paraprofessional
Local: UFT
Died: 4/28/2020

Caleb Saint Surin

Caleb Saint Surin
Local: UFT
Died: 4/27/2020

Maria Salaman

Teacher
Local: UFT
Died: 4/1/2020

Sandra Santos-Vizcaino

3rd Grade Teacher
Age: 54
Local: UFT
Died: 3/31/2020

Fatima Schmidt

Teacher
Local: UFT
Died: 4/13/2020

Claudia Shirley

Teacher
Local: UFT
Died: 4/5/2020

Winston Silvera

Teacher
Local: UFT
Died: 4/11/2020

Rosemary Sisco

Foreign Language Teacher
Local: Bellmore-Merrick United Secondary Teachers
Died: 3/25/2020

Leslie Solius Verneret

Paraprofessional
Local: UFT
Died: 3/28/2020

Robert Thoering

Teacher
Local: UFT
Died: 4/12/2020

Anton Updale

Teacher
Local: UFT
Died: 4/5/2020

Yvette Vega

School Secretary
Local: UFT
Died: 4/9/2020

Valerie Wilson

Paraprofessional
Local: UFT
Died: 4/8/2020
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