Marilyn Ats
1938 - 2020
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Marilyn Ats passed away peacefully on February 5, 2020 in Wilbraham, Massachusetts, at age 81. Marilyn was born in 1938 in Oklahoma to Dr. Donald and Mary Alice Mishler. She graduated from Oklahoma University in Norman with a major in Classical Education. She went on to graduate school at Trinity University. She met her future husband, Dr. Miklos T. Ats from Hungary, while attending a foreign language event in Colorado. As a new couple they travelled throughout the United States and extensively in Europe where Miklos was able to show her the places he used to call home. The couple eventually settled in Wilbraham where they would raise two sons, Miklos and Istvan. Marilyn started teaching at Minnechaug Regional High School in the early 60’s and became a beloved and passionate Classical History and Foreign Language teacher of both French and Latin. Her legacy in education was the establishment of the Minnechaug Chapter of the Junior Classical League (the “JCL”). At the helm of the JCL, Marilyn welcomed students to have fun while learning about ancient Greece and Rome, which included an annual Catapult Contest (most often, a humorous calamity). Over a 32-year career as an educator, she always reveled in the generations of students she taught and the many lives that she helped shape. Marilyn was known for her listening, empathy, and ability to bring a diverse group of students together. Marilyn was predeceased by her husband in the early 1990’s and then retired from teaching. In her retirement, she was always excited to be contacted by her former students and welcomed the opportunity to hear how they progressed through their lives. Her other passion was caring for and taking long walks with her favorite canine companion, Tiko, and attending to a beloved cat, Buzz. She was also an avid and dedicated sports fan. She would never miss a Yankees baseball game or the chance to watch the University of Oklahoma football team. In the early 2000’s Marilyn became a devoted grandmother to Morgan, daughter of Istvan and his wife, Amy. Marilyn shared her unbridled enthusiasm of horseback riding with Morgan at every opportunity. Marilyn leaves behind her sons Miklos and Istvan, their wives, her only grandchild, Morgan, her sister, Helen Santee of Tulsa, Oklahoma and the memory of Helen’s husband the late Jack Santee, as well as several cousins, nieces, and nephews, and their families.
Her sons, who cared deeply about her, would like to set the record straight on two things:
1. Yes, it was Mik who crashed the car that night during High School.
2. Yes, Ish spent a weekend in jail during College.
Marilyn will be interred in The East Wilbraham Public Cemetery on April 18th at 11am and all are welcome to attend. In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to the Thomas J. O'Connor Animal Control & Adoption Center, 627 Cottage Street, Springfield, Massachusetts, 01104.
Atque in perpetuum, soror
Ave atque vale

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Published in The Republican from Feb. 13 to Feb. 14, 2020.
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April 27, 2020
My condolences to Miklos and Istvan for the loss of their mom. Mrs Ats was by far my favorite high school teacher and I will never forget her . I dont think any other Latin teacher could possibly make learning a dead language fun. Nor could they get me to dress up as Cleopatra and parade around at a JCL convention ! Rest in a Peace!
April 16, 2020
So sorry for your loss. "Mrs. Ats" as I knew her best, taught me more than she ever realized she did. Certainly far more than my grades indicated. She was a treasure among the staff!
Brian Campbell
March 20, 2020
I was saddened to find Marilyns phone disconnected this morning. I met her in Boulder where she mikos. We were roommates..we have kept in touch over the years. I visited her several times on trips to New England from Oregon and by phone calls. The last time I talked to her was after Christmas when I hadn't received a Christmas card. I will miss her.
Sincere sympathy to all of you her family.

Joan Murphy Cremer
4414 NE Royal Court
Portland, Oregon 97213
Joan Murphy Cremer
February 21, 2020
Bob "Buckaroo" as Marilyn used to call him and I are so sorry for your loss. We used to call her once a week and catch-up on politics and sports etc. We timed our calls - 6 to 7 - because we knew she would answer! Eventually, she recognized our number. She knew her sports, but not much about hockey. There were many questions about the rules etc. She wanted to learn as much as she could. The truth of the matter is we were almost always left to check out something that she mentioned. On to Google!!!!!

Your Mom was my mentor at the Y. She would finish her routine and then I would show up and she would dedicate her time to me. She also showed me how to properly tie my shows!! Our friendship grew closer as we grew older. Bob and I will miss her dearly.

Margaret and Bob Daniele
February 19, 2020

On behalf of myself and your friends at Inline, I would like you to know that you and your brother are in our thoughts and prayers. May your mother Rest in Peace.
Stephen Welford
February 19, 2020
May the love of friends and family carry you through your grief.
Stephen Welford
February 18, 2020
Dear Miklos and Ish Your mother was an amazing person . My husband thought the world of her and I will miss seeing her. The Town of Wilbraham has lost another outstanding citizen. With my deepest sympathy to you both and your families. Virginia Barry
February 18, 2020
Dear Miklos and Ish Your mother was an amazing person.My husband thought the world of her and I will miss her. The Town of Wilbraham has lost another outstanding citizen. My deepest sympathy to your family.Virginia Barry
February 15, 2020
Deep sympathy for your loss. Marilyn was an "icon" at Minnechaug -- gracious lady, wonderful colleague, and fantastic teacher who made Latin lively and relevant to hundreds of kids. We all had a lot to learn from her. May you be comforted by many good memories.
Sue Kline
February 14, 2020
Mik and family,

I am so sorry for your loss! Although I never knew your mom personally, I had many friends who raved about her! Peace and love,

Lori Landers-Carvalho
February 14, 2020
As a fellow Latin teacher at Ludlow High School next door to Minnechaug for 17 years, I got to know Marilyn very well, especially during our common times with JCL. Every time we would meet was joyful because her personality was full of good humor and thoughtfulness. She loved Latin, loved her students, and clearly loved life.

Requiescat in pace. Ave atque vale.

Charlie Bradshaw
February 13, 2020
Beloved is correct. Making Latin fun is a unique skill. I have so many fond memories of four years of Latin & the Junior Classical League. She was an amazingly kind & caring woman. I am so very sorry for your loss.
Kate Hegarty
February 13, 2020
I am so sorry to hear of your mothers passing . I loved having her for a teacher , and I know my dad loved having her as a co-worker and friend .

Kimberly Barry -Wilson
Kimberly Barry ~Wilson
February 13, 2020
Marilyn Ats was such a special teacher and mentor. My lifelong passion for poetry came from Marilyn Ats brilliant teaching of Latin Poetry. I will always remember the wonderful history foundation she also taught us with reading us the whole Rise and Fall of the Roman Empire by Will and Ariel Durant. She read the whole book over 4 years of Latin.......truly the most inspiring teacher i could ever hope to have. She inspired all of my Latin class to bear down and really do the homework-we all really worked hard for the demands of this amazing woman!
steve herter
February 13, 2020
A wonderful colleague. She will be missed. Sorry for your loss.
David Bernstein
February 13, 2020
Such a special lady. A knack for teaching, caring and making us laugh. I'll never forget her making us sing Latin to the tune of U2 songs. May she Rest In Peace.
Karen Cerasa Dotson
February 13, 2020
Mrs. Ats was one of my favorite teachers. She made Latin so much fun. She will be deeply missed.
Deb Tencza
February 13, 2020
I will miss seeing and talking with Marilyn on my daily walks...especially about our dogs. She was a great neighbor and a kind and gentle soul. My condolences to her family.
Erin Doyle-Gallerani
February 13, 2020
Mrs. Ats was one of my favorite teachers. She had the best stories that I never wanted to end . My dad, Lincoln Dexter, was the principal and he always spoke highly of my Latin teacher, Marilyn Ats!
Harriet Dempsey
February 13, 2020
Oh I loved Mrs. Ats, she was a wonderful woman and an OUTSTANDING teacher who had true passion for her students and life. She made learning and Latin super fun! I was lucky to have been in her classroom.
Andrea Schafer
February 13, 2020
Mrs. Ats was the best. Empathetic, passionate, and hilarious. She truly cared about her students and I will be forever grateful for her guidance. May her memory be eternal.
Pam Pappas
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