• Memorial service held for late longtime kindergarten teacher


    Cheryl DeCusati was one loved woman. And she sure loved everyone back.

    A memorial service was held the afternoon of June 7 for the longtime Marion-Walker Elementary School kindergarten teacher who died from cancer in January. Held near the playground area at Marion-Walker, it came with a speech from Principal Karen Krisch, students from first- through fifth-grades who shared their favorite memories of her, a song sung by the student body and an official dedication of a bench and redbud tree planted in her memory.

    The staff and student body, along with members of the community, were present.

    The redbud tree, which provides flowers in the summer and has heart-shaped leaves, is a symbol of love, strength and beauty, Krisch said. There was also a mural painted on the wall of the kindergarten wing of the school, by students. It includes words and phrases that best represent DeCusati.

    “She lives in everyone’s heart as a beloved kindergarten teacher,” Krisch said. “She didn’t just teach; she loved and nurtured all who came through her door. She had the same love and kindness whether you were a student, parent or staff member in the building.”

    Among student’s favorite memories of DeCusati included her daily hugs, teddy bear tea parties and everyday kindness. 

  • To read more about a scholarship named in her memory, visit this link: DeCusati scholarship

    *By Brit Milazzo, public relations director, BASD