Middletown High Teacher Dies

Full story: Hartford Courant

"You couldn't have a bigger loss on any level,'' school board member John Phillips said this morning.

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Debbie Hunter

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Jun 15, 2007
 
Middletown High School will never be the same. What a gift she was - and what a loss this is. Love to the family.
Rhonda Augeri

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Jun 15, 2007
 
Miss Marselli (as I knew her when she was my spanish teacher back in 1979-1983) will truly be missed. I now live in PA and feel this loss as if I still lived in Middletown. Every word said about her is true. She had a heart of gold. You will always have a special place in my heart. Rest in peace, Senora LaRosa. Yo te quierro!
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Ashley

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Jun 15, 2007
 
Ms.Larosa was a great teacher! she would always be in the halls in the morning and during passing time and once the late bell rang you would start hearing "Tardae" in spanish. it will be very hard not hearing that anymore! EVERYBODY absolutley loved her and she was a big part of our school. she made it very fun! it will be the hardest thing for all the students that are graduating this year to not see her bright smiling face hand them their diploma! i think that will be the hardest thing. if something was wrong then she would be there to try and help you and she was a very caring person! she contributed alot to this school and i jus wish she could have been there for graduation because it will not be the same without her! we all love you and will miss you! rest in peace!
mhs students

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Jun 15, 2007
 
Ms. LaRosa was a carying loving person, she was the best teacher in Middletown High, She did so much for every single student, she helped so many people. We will miss the way she would stand in the hallways and yell Chocolate un dollar, un dollar, Ms LaRosa will be missed for all that she's done for her students. Our prayers go to her family, and friends. RIP Ms. LaRosa
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Jun 15, 2007
 
How did she die?
HST

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#11
Jun 15, 2007
 
That article is missing an important piece of information. How did she die?
John

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Jun 15, 2007
 
How did she die? It sounds sad, as she sounds like she will be sorely missed. But what an awful story by the Courant. Why write a story about the death of someone and not even mention the cause?
brenda

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#13
Jun 15, 2007
 
What a great loss.
Katie

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Jun 15, 2007
 
How did she die? The story does not say.
mhs99

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Jun 15, 2007
 
Senora Larosa was an amazing person. She touched so many lives through her work here in Middletown and abroad. It is not often you come across a teacher like her. I feel lucky to have met her. I actually just saw her last wednesday at Walmart...shopping for project graduation. I should have said hi, but she was with a group of people. She will be missed dearly.
Kevin from Lebanon

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Jun 15, 2007
 
I am curious as to how she died. She was involved in a strange court case in 2003 involving a former MHS teacher and his daughter. The daughter assaulted LaRosa at the schools post-grad party. The Courant fails to include details of her death. I hope foul play was not involved. It sounds like she will be very much missed by the entire school and town community.
angela from east hampton

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#20
Jun 15, 2007
 
pete if you have such a sick twisted c omment to make, make it in your own pea brain you fool!!!!! i bet you have done nothing such as this person has with your pathetic life
JSG

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#21
Jun 15, 2007
 
From what I was told she died from a seizure at home.
Jamie Cowie

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Jun 15, 2007
 
Graduating class of 1995.

This woman has been in my family's life since my father went to high school with her. My mother, grandmother and I worked with her sister. My mother currently works with her cousin. Chris was supposed the matron of honor in my ceremony just last August.

What has been said about this woman is true. She knew her students and she knew them well. When there was a problem, you could NOT hide it from you. If you tried to push her away, she did not give up on you. She pushed harder until she reached you. She was always there. She was always at school around 5a each morning. She never went running out the door at the end of the school day either. She would stay afterward well into the evening. Her current classroom is a shrine of current and former students with pictures everywhere. She was truly a teacher that reached out to her students. There are no amount of words that can truly describe this woman. She was a hero.

She not only served the high school. She served on the city common council for a number of years in the capacity of Police Commissioner, and I believe fire commissioner. She lived to serve. It was her life.

To some, she was considered family. She will be truly missed.
Jamie Cowie

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Jun 15, 2007
 
Kevin from Lebanon wrote:
I am curious as to how she died. She was involved in a strange court case in 2003 involving a former MHS teacher and his daughter. The daughter assaulted LaRosa at the schools post-grad party. The Courant fails to include details of her death. I hope foul play was not involved. It sounds like she will be very much missed by the entire school and town community.
She passed in her sleep.
Chelsea

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Jun 15, 2007
 
I noticed the NY Times did an article on her 3 years ago.

http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html...

I am curious as to her cause of death. Just very sad.
never forgotten

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#25
Jun 15, 2007
 
from what facebook and myspace is saying, she died from a massive heart attack
Michele97

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#26
Jun 15, 2007
 
MHS WILL NEVER HAVE ANOTHER TEACHER STEP UP THE WAY MRS. LAROSA DID. SHE WILL BE GREATLY MISSED. WE LOVE MS. MARSELLI CLASS OF 97.
Blame the Parents

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Jun 15, 2007
 
She sounds like a wonderful woman. Everyone who had the pleasure of meeting her and being taught by her should feel honored.

My deepest sympathies to the family and to Middletown.
Katie

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#29
Jun 15, 2007
 
I should add - I'm MHS class of '99. I was present when the former teacher's daughter hit Senora LaRosa; she was in my graduating class and it was our Project Graduation party.

This is just so sad.

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