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January 20, 2015
Please accept my most sincere condolences - and know that I will pray daily for the repose of the soul of Anita McCarthy (and also for the repose of the soul of Justin McCarthy, her husband, and also for strength and courage and faith and blessings for all of the McCarthy children and grandchildren).

My late father, Dominic Lombardo (2/6/1927 - 9/7/2012), knew Mr. McCarthy quite well. Mr. McCarthy had been on the faculty at De Paul Academy during my father's one year as a student at the Academy (1941-1942; Dad was there on a one-year, non-renewable academic scholarship). In the 1970s and early 1980s, Dad also worked for Mr. McCarthy, first as a history teacher and then as an assistant principal, during the years that Mr. McCarthy was principal of the evening school at Carl Schurz HS in Chicago. Dad also got to know Anita quite well during those years.

I, on the other hand, got to know Anita quite well during my early years of teaching grade-school band as a self-employed "circuit rider" in the Archdiocese of Chicago, primarily when I came to teach band at Mary, Seat of Wisdom School in Park Ridge in February of 1983. (Remember that the Mr. and Mrs. McCarthy and their family were among the founders and first parishoners of MSW from its inception in 1955.) Anita retired from teaching (3rd grade, primarily) at St. Paul of the Cross School in June of 1983, and she was a regular substitute teacher at MSW for a number of years thereafter. Whenever she was substituting on Friday (which was band day), she was always supportive and friendly in conversations in the faculty lounge at lunch time - and quite articulate, too, one who did not mince words. She was also a very good substitute teacher, one who kept the students on task and didn't take any of the "guff" given by a number of wild and rambunctious children who attended MSW School at that time .

And she did a very good thing on my behalf, too, in the fall of 1984. My only sister had been murdered in Oak Park in early August of 1984 (age 24), and I was having a hard time dealing with that (and with one of my younger brothers having totaled my 6-month-old Plymouth Reliant on the way back from a family wedding in Minnesota at the end of August - AND with quite a number of unexpected drop-outs from band class at MSW), and I know that my moods were highly volatile at times during the early part of that school year. But I just couldn't open up about Kathy's death or about much of anything else family-related or personally-related, and so Miss Carol Kolberg, who was the principal of MSW at the time, and who knew that Anita knew me and my family, asked her if SHE knew what the matter was with me. And, bless her heart, Anita explained the full situation, which Miss Kolberg, who was on vacation in early August, was not aware of. And so she treated me with compassion, and indeed, the band's quality picked up considerably during the school year and I focused much more on my teaching.

So, in sum, Anita was a good teacher, a good colleague and mentor who was quite supportive to a very young and relatively inexperienced teacher early in his career (and helped him to avoid some of the "land-mines" at Mary, Seat of Wisdom School in his first years there, and a good lady and a strong lady, too. (She quite rightly chewed out my father when he came to the wedding of one of the McCarthy children over Labor Day weekend in 1985 quite ill - her exact words to him were, "Dominic, you look like Hell! Why are you here?" And, as it turned out, he went into the hospital a day or two later for tests - and was diagnosed, at the age of 58, with diabetes, high blood pressure, and hypertension - and that was the end of his career teaching night school, as the doctors told him that he could only work one job (his day job, as a teacher and counselor at Lane Tech HS) instead of the two that he had worked (day and night) for 23 years.

May her soul, and the souls of ALL of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.

Very sincerely,

Dominic J. Lombardo
November 7, 2013
I know this is quite late, but I did want to say to all the McCarthys how very sorry I am for your loss. I truly loved Aunt Anita and enjoyed how she would give my dad a run for his money in an argument. I so enjoyed playing Pinnochle with her and Uncle Mac and eating windmill cookies! She touched many lives. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. Pat Gibian Roman
October 10, 2013
To all my McCarthy cousins,
I am so sorry for your loss. You are all in my thoughts and prayers. Wish I could have been there with you.
Mary Lou Gibian Walters
October 8, 2013
I am very sorry to hear of Anita's passing. Mrs. McCarthy, as I knew her, was my third grade teacher over 30 years ago back in 1977-1978. She had a deep and lasting effect on me and helped make me the person I am today. I have told many stories to my own children about my awesome third grade teacher Mrs. McCarthy. I just finished telling a story not long ago to my middle child, a third grader, about the 'white chips' Mrs. McCarthy used to hand out for going above and beyond in personal conduct and also of the time she visited me shortly before summer vacation was to begin after I broke both of my arms to give me books to read, The Trumpet of the Swan by E.B. White and Danny, The Champion of the World by Roald Dahl, two of my favorite books that I still have that my own kids have read.

I will always cherish my memories of her and feel truly fortunate to have had the opportunity to know such a great lady. Beyond even her family she touched many lives in such a positive way.

My family's, my siblings (most of whom Mrs. McCarthy taught) and my parents' prayers are with you.
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