Every student should be blessed with a teacher like Dorothy LaMere, former student Nancy Moss Anglis said.
“She is an exceptional individual who had the capacity to love her students as much as her own children,” Anglis said. “Dorothy LaMere was a phenomenal teacher who immersed us in her love of literature and entrusted us with writing skills for the rest of our lives.”
Anglis said LaMere, 88, of Munster, who taught literature classes at Bishop Noll Institute for 20 years, was a tremendous individual.
“There was no one like her,” Anglis said. “She was such a gift to all of us.”
Her husband of 65 years, Albert LaMere, describes his wife as a devout Christian and an outstanding wife and mother to their eight children.
“She was active in Girl Scouts and Brownies,” Albert LaMere said. “In addition, she was a marvelous cook and baker.”
LaMere’s angel food cake and chocolate eclairs were so delicious friends asked her to make them for their parties.
LaMere was also a devoted daughter and a friend to many, Albert LaMere said.
“She was a mentor to many of the new teachers at the high school and grammar school,” he said. “She loved teaching.”
LaMere attended Marywood Academy in Evanston, Ill. Because of her intelligence, the Sisters of Providence gave her a Mother Guerin four-year scholarship to St. Mary of the Woods College, Albert LaMere said.
The couple met through his cousin when they were in college. The dated after he returned from the Army.
LaMere enjoyed sewing coats and dresses for her daughters and reading and camping at Pokagon State Park.
“Christmas was her time of the year,” Albert LaMere said. “She liked decorating and sewing gifts for the kids and friends.”
Albert LaMere said he will miss most his wife’s sense of humor and talking about current affairs.
“She was a jewel of great price,” he said.