November 30, -0001 - May 5, 2010
Andrea Wagner Chizek lost her courageous battle with cancer on May 5, 2010. She is the daughter of Patricia and the late Howard Wagner of South Bend, IN. She graduated from LaSalle High School (South Bend, IN) and earned a B.A. Degree in Education from DePauw University (Greencastle, IN) and an M.B.A. from Indiana University. She began her teaching career in Brownsburg, IN. For more than 30 years, she enjoyed teaching in the Hamilton City School District. She was honored with many awards and recognized by peers and administrators for her outstanding academic contributions and commitment to the community. Andi shared a lifelong love and passion for learning and teaching with all who were fortunate enough to make her acquaintance. She was a voracious reader, relentless seeker of knowledge, and an accomplished world traveler. With her devoted husband Marc, she saw nearly all of the 50 United States and experienced numerous countries abroad. Emily Dickinson once wrote, â€œNot knowing when the dawn will come, I open every door.â€ Andi opened door after door throughout her life. The door she opened for hundreds of students all remain expanded with a commitment to the importance of education. While Mrs. Chizekâ€™s students always experienced academic success, that was not enough for her. Andi truly taught students how to think. She taught students to see vitality in themselves. Mrs. Chizek was a distinguished, effective and extraordinary teacher. Teaching was a passion for Andi and the pleasure she received through this profession put perfection in her daily instruction. Andi is survived by her husband Marc, beloved labs Dexter and Sophie, her mother Patricia, and sisters Terri Furman (Jim), Kim Barnett (Thomas), and Jill Venable (Wayne). She is a devoted aunt to Katie, Laura, Amanda, Olivia, Rachel, Chase, Maddie, Jaime, and Sara. A Memorial Gathering to celebrate Andiâ€™s life will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Sunday, May 23, 2010 at Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park, 1763 Hamilton-Cleves Rd (State Route 128) Hamilton, OH 45013. The celebration will be held at the Amphitheatre, please bring lawn chairs and/or blankets for seating. In case of rain, the celebration will be held at the same location but in the Pavilion. Andi has positively influenced many lives, thus we encourage students, former students, parents, colleagues, family and friends to all attend this special tribute to a remarkable woman. In lieu of flowers, the family respectfully requests that you make charitable contributions to the Andrea Chizek Memorial Fund. These contributions should be sent to The Hamilton Community Foundation, 319 North Third Street, Hamilton, OH 45011.
Mrs. Chizek was a teacher of mine and I have often thought of her over the years…She was a beautiful lady inside and out..Thank you for being good to me!!! Renee
Many years ago Andy & I taught together at Brownsburg Middle School. I was the art teacher. I have so many fun memories of our time together. My deepest sympathy to you. Please know our thoughts and prayers are with you.
I send deepest sympathy to the Chizek and Wagner families at the loss of Andi. I grew up with Andi in South Bend, and having known her since the 3rd grade, am not surprised at the impact she made on so many lives as an outstanding educator. She was a gift and has left the world much too soon. I am saddened that she is gone.
Our family wishes to extend our sympathy, and we are keeping you and your family in our prayers. We are right here on the corner, please stop and join us any time. Roger and Carolyn
I was so sorry to hear about Andi’s passing. She and I started our teaching careers at the same time IN Brownsburg I enjoyed the time I spent with her. every Christmas when I make the Cheese Spread recipes I got from her, they bring her face back into view. Please rest assured that she will be remembered for many Christmas’ to come here in Western New York.
Marc, I am so sorry for your loss. I was fortunate enough to be room mother for Andi who taught both of my sons. She was truly a gift to the school district. My boys learned so much from her, and they enjoyed hearing her stories about her dogs and her travels. Her strength through her illness truly taught the kids to stay strong in times of trials. Thank you for sharing her with us. She was loved more than you will ever know.
My thought and prayers are with you.
My deepest condolences, Marc. What a wonderful life the two of you have shared. I know Andi will be missed by many. Take care of yourself, and let those of us at Wellness help in these difficult days ahead.
We send to you our deepest sympathy. We did not know Andi but after reading all about her, she was a truly remarkable and carring person. All of our teachers should all be as dedicated as she was. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Love, Anita and Bobby
My deepest sympathies go out to you Marc. As the days go by the skies get brighter. Stay strong.