The Fenwick Community mourns the loss of Math Teacher Marianna Curtin (née Heaney), who passed away on the morning of July 14th after a lengthy illness. Mrs. Curtin had been a member of our faculty for 17 years. The Countryside resident also was the beloved wife of Jeffrey and loving mother of Erin ’99, Colleen ’05, Meghan ’07 and Brendan ’13. She earned a bachelor’s and master of science degree in chemistry from DePaul University, Chicago.
“I struggled with Algebra II, but Mrs. Curtin was always so patient and often helped me during study hours in the library and before and after class,” recalls writer and former student Anastasia Sasewich ’05. “She was a gem.”
Longtime Math Department colleague Bob Arscott says: “Marianna was one of the best teachers I have known at Fenwick. Her patience as well as the many hours she spent helping students who were having difficulty will always be remembered.”
Incoming senior student Sophia FioRito ’18 offers her perspective: “Ms. Curtin was an amazing person. I was her student this year and always thought she was very kind, but it wasn't until I sat with her at lunch on a field trip that I really got to know her compassionate and funny side. She told me all about her family and asked about mine. She asked about my brother, who was born very prematurely, and said she had been praying for him every day. That made me realize what a wonderful teacher I was blessed to have because she cared so much about my brother and me. She will truly be missed by all of her students, and may she rest in peace.”
“Please pray for the repose of the soul of Marianna Curtin, and pray for her family as well,” urges Fr. Dennis Woerter, O.P., Fenwick’s Director of Campus Ministry.
Eternal rest grant unto her, O Lord;
and let perpetual light shine upon her.
May her soul, and the souls of all the faithful,
through the mercy of God,
rest in peace.
Donations in Mrs. Curtin’s name can be directed to the Memorial Sloan – Kettering Cancer Center.