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03/26/21 08:15 AM #1    

Dana Lowell

"Jeff Tilley here.
There is another class member who went to be with the Lord in 2019, Susan Gerrells (Varipapa).She was a teacher in Guilford county. Another teacher told me Susan was getting ready to go to work one morning and fell in her driveway, hit and I believe cut her head and bled out. She lived alone as I understood it, so no one was there to help her. Very sad!
God bless!!"

03/26/21 08:18 AM #2    

Dana Lowell

"In the April 10 N&R, an obituary for my dear friend, Susan Varipapa, was included. Ms. Varipapa, as I referred to her for the 14 years that I worked with her at Jesse Wharton Elementary School, died on April 6, following a tragic accident. Here are some things that were not in the obituary that I feel compelled to share.

Ms. Varipapa was a kindergarten teacher’s aide during the time I have worked here and was for several years prior to my arrival. She was an incredible person, full of compassion, and a wonderful friend to all who loved her and especially to our wonderful children. She showered them with affection and went out of her way to see that her babies were taken care of. It saddens me deeply that this “K” class will not get to participate in her “Indian in the Cupboard” presentation this year.

I love her and miss her immensely, as does the entire Jesse Wharton community.

The last thing she said to me on Thursday, April 4, before her horrible accident on April 5, was “I know that I am biased, but don’t we have the cutest and sweetest little class this year.”

I’m pretty sure that she told me that every year. Rest in peace, Ms. Varipapa.

Dean Fox

03/26/21 08:27 AM #3    

Dana Lowell

03/26/21 08:54 AM #4    

Dana Lowell

"Sarah Lewis
April 10, 2019
Our oldest daughter was so blessed to have Ms. Varipapa as an assistant teacher this year. She was deeply saddened by the news of her passing and her loss will be greatly felt amongst the students and parents. She was very loving and kind hearted and a great asset to the Kindergarten classroom."

"Renee Stafford
April 9, 2019
Ms Varipapa was our oldest son’s Kindergarten Asst teacher. I remember her looking up at me when he wouldn’t detach himself from my legs. She asked what do I need her to do and I replied, with tears rolling down my face, to just take him and love on him. She taught him cursive writing in kindergarten because he showed an interest in it. She took him to 3rd grade classes to brag about his math skills. She never stopped loving him and he is now 18 years old. She never let me walk down the hall without asking how our two boys are doing. Ms Varipapa was my Cat in The Hat and loved Dr Seuss and Green Eggs and Ham as much as I did. She will truly be missed by everyone she touched ❤️"

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