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Beloved Ridgewood High Teacher Dies at 92

Anita Crivelli taught history and humanities at RHS from 1957-1988.

Anita Crivelli, age 92 of Wyckoff, died on Tuesday, June 19, 2012. Born in Paterson, Anita had resided in Wyckoff.

A graduate of Montclair State Teacher's College in 1942, and New York University in 1947, Anita had taught history and was a guidance counselor at Hawthorne High School for fifteen years (1942-1957), and then taught history and humanities in for thirty-one years (1957-1988).

Anita was the recipient of the Rohwec Award from Montclair State Teacher's College, the Ashby Award from Ridgewood High School, and the Princeton University Award for Distinguished Teaching. Anita was a member of the NEA, NERA, NJEA, NJERA, BCERA, as well as a parishioner of St. Anthony's R.C. Church in Hawthorne.

Anita M. Crivelli was the beloved daughter of the late Joseph Crivelli and Mary (nee Barbero) Crivelli. Loving sister of the late Ugo Crivelli. Dear cousin of Albert Barbero, Norma Perry, Robert and Jeffrey Zona, his wife Gail, and his daughters Jenna and Kara. The funeral took place on Saturday, June 23rd.

Memorial donations can be made to Eva's Village or to the Christian Health Care Center.

kerry July 05, 2012 at 12:02 PM
I have vivid memories of Mrs Crivelli's humanities class i took as a freshman 30 years ago! She was a passionate educator of the arts and all that make us human.
James Kleimann July 05, 2012 at 10:54 PM
Thanks for sharing, kerry. Condolences to the Crivelli family.
Rob Briedis July 06, 2012 at 12:57 AM
What a loss for Ridgewood! Miss Crivelli was the best teacher I ever had! Better than any professor in college and law school. I loved Miss Crivelli's class so much that I got permission to take it another year. And I learned so many new things that second year. Miss Crivelli opened my world to the arts -- music, literature, film, poetry, painting.... There will never be another Miss Crivelli. My sympathies to her family.
Kathi July 06, 2012 at 04:40 AM
Miss Crivelli was simply the best. I took as many classes as I could fit in my schedule from her. She treated us as enthusiastic learners,and her outstanding competence and caring for her students made every class an experience! I'm saddedned by the loss of such a treasure. Please know that she changed my life and will be forever remembered. I still have the book she signed when I graduated RHS..beautiful handwriting..beautiful person. God Bless Miss Crivelli,and condolences to her loved ones everywhere.
Tedd Ogren May 20, 2013 at 01:07 PM
I was just asked who my favorite teacher was - so I decided to google her. Madame Crivelli opend the eyes of this math/science person to history! She will always be with us.

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