WE REMEMBER HER . . .
. . . . . being so very intelligent and so well read. It was a rare
topic that Angela was not at least acquainted with. Often we'd say, "Angela, have you
heard about . . . or did you see the article in yesterday's paper about . . . ? and
found she already had and was ready to discuss it at length. For Angela, education was
a lifetime pursuit.
. . . . . being the consummate coach, showing excellent mastery of the
techniques of her sport. She instilled in each of her athletes the striving for excellence
which had exemplified her own life in athletics. She insisted that her athletes always
take full responsibility for their actions on and off the field. She taught them true
sportsmanship ---that winning was secondary to how well they played to the best of their
ability on the field.
. . . . . running with her athletes in the hallways after school on
those cold and rainy spring days --- her hair in a pony tail flopping this way and that
way behind her --- urging on her team to run faster and farther each day of practice. And
realizing that these efforts were sandwiched in between her running several miles each
morning and teaching a full load of classes each day and spending hours at gruelling
soccer practices each evening, one knew she was dedication personified.
. . . . . as the dedicated fan. She loved to follow the exploits of
Nazareth College, her alma mater, and Notre Dame, the Minnesota Vikings, and the new
Rochester Rhinos soccer team.
WE REMEMBER HER . . .
. . . . . as the dedicated team member of the Rochester Ravens, the
womens' professional soccer team which would tour the country this summer. We learned
early that it was no use asking her to attend such and such conference with us in the
summer. Summer for Angela was for soccer.
. . . . . talking about how much she wanted to start a program in which
students could learn, practice and spread tolerance and respect for those who are
different from us. After attending a 3-day retreat with some of her students, she felt
deeply that such a program was needed at all schools.
. . . . . being sensitive about her height. She would brook no short
person jokes. But she taught us that the true measure of a person is not in feet and
inches --- but rather in personal character, beliefs and positive actions. In these
dimensions, she was a giant indeed.