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Remembering a Favorite Teacher / Nick Ehrhardt

Remembering a Favorite Teacher

Jessie Satterlee (Press of Atlantic City)Retired teacher Jessie Satterlee “was 98 years old when she got a call from a former student, a woman who, the last time Satterlee had seen her, was in Satterlee’s eighth-grade class in 1962.”

The incident happened in 2008, according to the obituary feature about Satterlee called “A Life Lived” that Martin DeAngelis wrote for the Press of Atlantic City in April 2011.

The former student “was stunned that her old teacher still remembered her - and more kids from her class - very well.”

It was a smart way to begin an obit for the retired teacher, who was actively engaged in her community until she died April 1, 2011, at age 100 – just two months shy of her 101st birthday.



This post was contributed by Alana Baranick, a freelance obituary writer who lives in Northeast Ohio. She is director of the Society of Professional Obituary Writers and chief author of Life on the Death Beat: A Handbook for Obituary Writers.