I was saddened to learn about the death of Madame Kapsis. Doubly so on the loss of her husband as well, and to learn about it so late after her passing. Chère Madame Kapsis was my French teacher from 1964-1967 at Amundsen H.S. To say that Anita Kapsis had an effect on my life is an understatement. Everything that I learned from her about France, and French and Teaching set me upon the path of my professional life. I had recently decided that I would not choose Art as my specialty, but to become a French teacher. Of course it was due in great part to her vibrancy, knowledge and personality. Now, even retired after 35 years of teaching French, I feel happy, at least that I had a chance to thank her and acknowledge what she'd meant to me decades ago when we found ourselves on a weekend junket for teachers to Cancun, Mexico. I'd come to the realization that I needed to add Spanish to my c.v. I'd found that Anita had already begun that path. The weekend was spent together in fun and re-acquaintance. By then she had an administrative position at CPS.
Once again I admired her pluck, and her vivid, engaging personality. Many of my former students are still in touch with me, and the compliments that they pay me about what my teaching them meant to them, the fun they had, how much they learned (or, they regret they've forgotten) leads directly back to Anita, my template. Je n'oublierai jamais notre chère Madame Anita Kapsis.