Jacksonville, Fla. – A school spokesman has confirmed that two dear teachers at Trinity Christian Academy in Jacksonville have died from complications caused by Govt-19.
Both mother and daughter.
A DCA spokeswoman said Marilyn Foshi and Julie Foshi-Novel died last week.
News 4 Jax approached the management of the private school after being contacted by the concerned parents.
Communications director Chris Carr said the women were infected with the virus during the Thanksgiving break and did not return to campus following the break. He said there was no disclosure to anyone else related to the school.
Family members, friends and parents of Trinity students posted condolences on social media, praising the kindness, dedication and compassion of the academics.
Trinity Baptist Pastor Tom Messer said: “In fact, it is very sad,” both lived to serve others. “Their heritage, as much as they loved the children, they loved the Trinity, and these years they poured themselves out for the people.”
Marilyn’s mother, known to students as Mimi, has been a preschool teacher for many years and has been associated with the school since 1994. Daughter Julie Preschool Director – She started as an assistant when she was a teenager and rose in the ranks.
Novel, 44, died the weekend, just days after his mother died at the age of 81.
“They revealed that we are not professional day care people. We are a grandmother and an aunt to all of these children. We love them and are going to help them. You can’t have a better preschool worker than Julie and Marilyn had,” Messer said.
Many consider teachers to be the leading workers and are most at risk during epidemics.
Andrew Spar, president of the Florida Education Association, told News 4Jax last week, “We know at least five educators who died of COVID disease in the state of Florida last week and a half.”
Speaking on behalf of Florida’s largest teachers’ union, Spar is urging the government to give priority to school staff for the Govt-19 vaccine.
The Trinity community was devastated as two women and a family dealt with a double tragedy that made a huge impact.
“Our Christian worldview teaches us that suffering is a part of life,” Messer said. “It is inevitable that we will have to suffer, but this week we will have to face, even the loss of loved ones and those we deeply care about. It brings us back to the good news that our faith is in Jesus Christ.”
The Trinity community is planning a memorial for students in the coming weeks as they return from the Christmas break. A GoFundMe Fundraising is set up For those who want to help the family.
Marilyn leaves a widow and a son.
Julie had three adopted children, and even a widow. The pastor says her husband died many years ago.
The school said the nursery was closed almost two weeks after the Thanksgiving break after an unrelated employee tested positive. Communication tracking was completed and part of the nursery was closed as per the guidelines of the Department of Health and the CDC.
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