Betsy Ustach, a 40-year veteran 3rd Grade Teacher for St. John School in the North End passed away earlier this week.
Miss Betsy had taught the 3rd grade at the school since 1973. She was a graduate of the University of Massachusetts at Boston. Principal Karen McLaughlin called Miss Betsy “an outstanding teacher to our children. She worked her entire career at St. John School and her dedication to her work and her students was evident everyday she entered her classroom. She will be remembered fondly by all of us that worked with her as well as the countless children who had the opportunity to be taught by her.”
In addition to teaching her 3rd grade students, Miss Betsy led the St. John School Children’s Choir. Her students sang in the church choir at various school events, went Christmas caroling around the North End and this past December participated in the Christmas in the North End, Concerto di Natale (Christmas Concert) at Sacred Heart Italian Church. Her enduring legacy for all that she had done for the students and St. John School will be forever in our hearts and memories.
A daughter of St. Augustine’s Parish, Miss Betsy was born and raised in South Boston and continued to live there until her passing.
An updated obituary is shown below:
USTACH, Maribeth K. “Betsy” Of South Boston, June 10, 2013. Devoted daughter of the late Francis R. and Mary E. (Bohan) Ustach. Loving sister of “Butch” and Mary Ustach of Hull, Tricia and Paul Raftery of FL, John and Linda Ustach of ME, Steve and Wendy Ustach of Brewster and Tom and Carol Ustach of ME. Cherished aunt and great aunt of Frank and Laura, Mike, Sean, Michelle, Mark, Julia and Chris, Kate and Rick, Jacob, Andrew, Hunter, Emily, Kerri and John, Kristen and Keith, Ashley, Cassandra, Kelsey, Jack, Owen, Danielle and Joe, T.J, Brandon and Collin. Also survived by her dear friend Elena Rossetti, relatives and friends. “Betsy” was a distinguished teacher who taught at the St. John School in the North End for 42 years and educated over a thousand students during her tenure. She was director of the St. John Choir and was lovingly referred to as “Miss Betsy” by her students. Also an active parishioner of the former St. Augustine Church and an avid Boston sports fan. Visiting hours will be in the O’Brien Funeral Home, 146 Dorchester St., South Boston, Sunday from 4-8 p.m. Funeral Mass in St. Brigid Church, Monday at 10 a.m. Relatives and friends invited. Interment Blue Hill Cemetery, Braintree. In lieu of flowers please make donations in “Betsy’s” memory to the St. John School, 9 Moon St., Boston, MA 02113.