I received word this morning that Joanne D. (aka "Sarge"), a very good friend of mine and former colleague from Sandy Hook School, passed away after a two week battle with leukemia. Joanne had been retired barely a year when she was diagnosed.
Joanne was the heart and soul of Sandy Hook School. She knew every single student and their families, the classes they were in and their bus stops .
As the school secretary not much was done without her help and involvement. I worked with her on numerous projects including budgeting.
Over the course of over 20 years we became good friends. She will be greatly missed by many, many people.