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Helen M. Vancavage Obituary
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July 19, 2018

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March 30, 2018
I love Miss Vancavage, always will, for the simple reason that she loved me and so many others. This is my last correspondence with her:

Hi Keith,
I am Helen's niece Dottie. It is so good to hear from her students after all these years. Everyone we hear from has thanked her for the influence she has had on their life and they have gone on to do well. I am very proud of her.
I relayed your message to her and she laughed and said you are right, it is glutei maximi. She was very glad to hear from you and hope all of you have a wonderful and safe sailing trip.

Thanks for writing,
Dottie


August 10, 2011

Dear Miss Vancavage,

My name is Keith Hartt. I hope you'll forgive my writing out of the blue. My twin brother Wayne and I and our friend Robert Gitell were talking about a sailing trip we've been planning to take together on my brother's and my 50th birthday. My brother had pluralized gluteus maximus as gluteus maximi. I thought the correct form was most likely glutei maximi. You gave Latin instruction to all of us in 1976-77 at Framingham South High School and as such we thought of you.

I always speak of you as someone from whom I learned discipline. Thank you. Your teaching profoundly affected my curriculum vitae for the better. I went on to college and a PhD in math and a happy life. Wayne and Robert also both completed college and are happy.

We have some great memories of class: your aversion to the use of pencil and paper torn from spiral bound notebooks, Robert cheating on a vocabulary quiz and your chiding him, the trepidation of being called on to translate, your asking us if we want to go to college.

I hope my daughter is as fortunate as I to have a teacher like you in school.

If you don't mind I would appreciate a simple acknowledgement of your receiving this; it would make me feel good. My very best to you.

Sincerely with great thanks,

Keith Hartt
April 20, 2016
Our thoughts and condolences go out to the Vancavage family. We are truly sorry for your loss.
April 19, 2016
Miss Vancavage was my Latin teacher in 8th and 9th grade. She was tough but fair and an excellent teacher.
She was one of many excellent teachers that we had at Memorial Jr. High.
Several years ago I wrote a note to her to thank her for being such a wonderful teacher and to tell her that she had made a difference in my life.
April 19, 2016
Miss Vancavage was my Latin teacher for two years in the mid 1970s. She taught me so much about Latin, English, and the importance of persistence. I think of her often, and will miss her.