100-Year-Old Chicago Teacher Dies

By Jack Phillips
Epoch Times Staff
Created: November 13, 2012 Last Updated: November 13, 2012
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100-year-old Chicago teacher, who was still working in her profession, died Tuesday after a 77-yearlong career.

Olivia Neubauer passed away Sunday after spending the past week in the hospital where it was discovered that she had fluid in her lungs, reported NBC News.

She began teaching in 1935, most recently at Ashburn Lutheran School, which she helped start a half-century ago.

“It’s been a real, beautiful life. I really have enjoyed life and I’ve enjoyed the children all the way through,” she told CBS News in 2007, describing her life as “blessed.”

Neubauer told ABC News in January: “My son keeps saying, ‘Mom when are you going to quit?’” But she said that she was not ready.

In 1935, she taught physical education, but in recent years she focused on teaching reading.

“She’s an excellent teacher. All her kindergarten boys and girls can read well mid-year at Christmastime. They’re fluent readers by then,” Elizabeth Hiller of Ashburn told ABC earlier this year.

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