Marie Ross

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BRISTOL - Believing that "none of us is as smart as all of us," Marie (Cafarchio) Ross, superintendent of schools in SAU 4, lived a life of incorporating all voices in the interests of student success. Educators throughout the state will miss the wisdom of this compassionate leader, who died Jan. 12, 2013.

Awarded the Presidential Award for Excellence in Teaching Science and the N.H. Elementary Science Teacher of the Year, Dr. Ross' work was characterized by a passion for introducing children to the wonders of science and embedding all with a collaborative spirit in the interests of students. She impacted the lives of thousands of students, parents, teachers and community members through reaching out constantly to involve all constituencies in her work.

As word spread that Marie was ill, she heard from students who remembered a teacher who pushed students to be the best version of themselves. One young man wrote, "Even when I was at rock bottom, you always found the best in me. You gave me a second chance at life."

Dr. Ross was a member of the New Hampton Community Church, and was involved in Compassion International, Joyce Meyer Ministries and many more.

She is survived by her husband, Sherman; parents Louis and Selma Cafarchio; children Joshua Corman, Marina MacDonald, Meghan Pluimer and Erin Watson; grandchildren Madison, Cassandra, Kaylee, and Griffin; three stepchildren; and seven siblings.

Marie spent the last months of her life surrounded by family and close friends. Her family and community will miss her unconditional love and unwavering support, patience and kindness towards all people.

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SERVICES: There will be a celebration at the Newfound Regional High School from noon to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 19, following a private family funeral. There will be refreshments and a memorial presentation at 1 p.m.

Donations can be made to the American Brain Tumor Association at abta.org or ABTA at 8550 W. Bryn Mawr, Suite 550, Chicago, IL 60631. Also, a memorial scholarship in her name will be available for donation on Saturday.


Published in Union Leader on Jan. 16, 2013