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MILDRED SENATOR Mildred Rae Senator died Thursday, Dec. 29, 2011, in Belle Haven Nursing Home, Quakertown, after a long illness. She was 80. Born February 17, 1931, in Philadelphia, she was a daughter of the late Morris and Betty Segal Senator. She graduated from Philadelphia High School for Girls in 1949, earned a bachelor of science in education in 1953 and a master of science in education in 1954 from the University of Pennsylvania. She also attended the University of Valencia in Spain, the University of Guadalajara in Mexico, and the Sorbonne in Paris and studied and taught at the University of Puerto Rico. After brief employment as a translator for Burpee Seeds, she was offered a job as a long-term substitute teacher at the former North Wales High School (North Wales Borough, Montgomery County) in 1954. North Wales High School was eventually consolidated into the North Penn School District. Her career at North Penn spanned for 32 years, she retired in 1985 as chairman of the Languages Department at North Penn High School. She was also class advisor to the North Penn High School Class of 1957 and the Class of 1960. Over her career, Miss Senator taught Spanish to thousands of students, and she considered those students "her children." Among them was Carolee (Mininger) Bergey, who became her dearest and trusted friend, advocate and caretaker from 1987, when they reconnected, until Miss Senator's death. As Miss Senator's health deteriorated, Mrs. Bergey, a nurse, admitted Miss Senator to Belle Haven, where she told everyone how much she enjoyed both living there and getting to know so many new friends. About 130 of "her children," former colleagues, and friends, including Linda Kent, her financial advisor and friend of 30 years, and her favorite relative, Dr. Eric Fels, his wife Amy, and their daughters, Allyson and Brenna, attended an open house/birthday party in honor of her 80th birthday in February 2011 at Belle Haven. Miss Senator was known for her flawless memory and frequently shared stories of her travels on five continents. She loved to read, watch movies and knit sweaters for friends and family members. In addition to her caregiver, Carolee Bergey, survivors include her friend, Alice Dresher; her sister, Estelle Cohen of Largo, FL; and cousin Dr. Eric Fels of Allentown. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by a brother, Ronald Senator in 2010. Interment was private December 30, 2011. The Goldsteins' Rosenberg's Raphael Sacks Funeral Home, Philadelphia, was in charge of arrangements. Donations may be made in Miss Senator's name to Grand View Hospice, 700 Lawn Ave., Sellersville, PA 18960.

Published in The Reporter on Dec. 31, 2011
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