A garden grows in late teacher’s memory
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Susan Piscitello-Pall, chairwoman of the Science Department, said Ginsberg was one of her first friends when she started teaching at Memorial 27 years ago. Michael McQuillan, chairman of the Health and Phys. Ed. Department, recalled the help Ginsberg gave him the first time he had to teach health. He also noted that she provided extra help to students every day even though teachers are only required to do so twice a week.
Several students also spoke. Ava Ramsundar, a senior at Central, explained how Ginsberg would always put down her work to talk to a student. “Losing Mrs. Ginsberg means there’s just another angel in the heavens,” Ramsundar said.
Other former students said that Ginsberg was not only a teacher but a role model, someone who cared about her them and would give second chances. Though many fought back tears, they also said they weren’t there to mourn her death but rather to celebrate her life.
Fred Yutkowitz, Ginsberg’s widower, said that Memorial was the center of his late wife’s world. “She willed herself to finish her final year here,” he said, “despite the many challenges that she was facing.”
Mignella said that while Ginsberg shunned the spotlight, he believes she would enjoy the garden in her honor, just feet from where she taught for more than four decades.
“I thought it was a wonderful tribute to Stephanie’s honor, not too showy,” he said. “I love the fact that it’s always going to be there.”