Tribute to Teacher Liz Rosario (nee Deniz)

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Teacher, Wife, Mother, Sister, Aunt and Role Model

It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Teacher Elizabeth Rosario.

Elizabeth Deniz was born December 26th 1947 to Joseph and Maria Deniz in Bombay. She passed away peacefully at home and went to her eternal rest on May 01, 2021 at the age of 73 years. She was predeceased by her parents, sisters Martha (Santamaria), Julie (Mendonca), brothers Valentine, Agnelo and Xavier. Her youngest sister Bridget (Rosario) sadly passed away two weeks after her. She leaves behind her husband of 46 years Kenneth Rosario and their son Adrian and her two sisters Lydia, and Teresa. Multiple cousins, nephews and nieces around the world are also mourning this loss.

Elizabeth was an introverted, simple, private, caring, and soft-spoken person, and we would like to honor that tradition in paying her tribute as a teacher and mentor to both her family and students.

In her over three decades of instructing young boys, as a teacher and Vice-Principal at St. Stanislaus High School in Bandra, she helped mold 1000s of young minds as children and teenagers into the adults they have become and their characters sub-consciously guided into preparing them for the challenges of life. She put hours into marking papers and encouraging students to make sure they were putting in their best efforts. She developed mnemonics to remember math equations making the subject more palpable. As former students, all would like to say “Thank You”.

Some memories shared: As one student fondly remembers his autograph book where she wrote “A man is but a product of his thoughts… what he thinks, that he becomes”. As a principal commented, “She was a classy lady who influenced young minds, a gentle amazing human being, always kind and helpful”. As another student commented, “She will always be remembered fondly as a stalwart of the Stanislaus teacher’s cadre from an era when commitment to teaching was of more value to them than the meagre salary they received”. As a niece fondly remembers her sleeping beside her on newspapers on a cold floor outside an ICU unit, as her dad lay inside fighting for his life.

Nephews and nieces now treasure a handwritten recipe book she prepared as she transferred home tested recipes from one generation to the next. All fondly remember the huge food spreads she could whip up in an instant for family get togethers.

As we bid her farewell, we will always remember the gentle soul she was, fondly remembering her words of encouragement in times of trouble and her legacy of how well she loved and protected her family and students.

A tribute by her nephew Aubrey Mendonca Class of 1978

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