Goretti students recall late sister
By STACEY DANZUSO / Staff Writer
Former students of Sister Sharon Dei said they will miss the teacher, friend and mentor who shaped their lives at St. Maria Goretti High School in the 1960s.
Sister Dei, 63, died Sept. 29 when a blood clot went to her heart after ankle reconstruction surgery in Baltimore.
It's been more than 30 years since Sister Dei taught English and pioneered the drama program at the Hagerstown school, but her former students say her strength and compassion is unforgettable.
"She always made you feel important," said Michael Harsh, who teaches English and drama at Hagerstown Community College. "A lot of people say part of the reason they are the adult they became is because of her positive influence, care and concern."
Harsh, who attended St. Maria Goretti from 1965 to 1969, credits Sister Dei for leading him to a career in education.