Saturday, April 17, 2010

Carol Fankhauser, 60, first-grade teacher with neon-green thumb

Teaching first-graders robbed Carol Fankhauser of the ability to say “left” or “right” when giving directions, according to her friend, Kellie Johnston.

Fankhauser, who retired from Copopa Elementary School in Columbia Station, Ohio, "had to point,” said Johnston, who teaches in the Buckeye Local Schools in Medina County, Ohio. “When she wanted (her pupils) to raise a left hand, she would raise her right in mirror image.”

After retiring from teaching, Fankhauser took a job as a "grower" at the Maria Gardens greenhouse in Strongsville, Ohio.

"She always had a green thumb," her daughter, Heather, said. "It was like neon."

"The Dash Between" May 31, 1949, when the former Carol Street was born in Lorain, and March 6, 2010, when the teacher known as Mrs. Fankhauser died at age 60, is featured in the April 4, 2010, edition of the Elyria Chronicle-Telegram.

For the full story, click here.

To recommend people for “The Dash Between” obit features for the Elyria Chronicle, Medina County Gazette, or other print or online publications, contact Alana Baranick at or 216-862-2617.

This "Dash Between" column was originally posted on on April 4, 2010.

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