RoseAnn Santa Cruz, who taught at several Berkeley schools

RoseAnn Santa Cruz (née Rosie Candelaria) passed away on Oct. 19, 2012, after a two-year battle with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease.

Santa Cruz was an elementary school teacher for 30 years, the past 23 of which were in the Berkeley Unified School District. She taught at Thousand Oaks, Jefferson, Franklin and Columbus Schools in Berkeley.

A mass will be held at St. Ambrose Catholic Church at 1145 Gilman St. in Berkeley on Saturday, Dec. 15, 2012, at 1 p.m., to commemorate her life.

Following the mass, her family will celebrate and share memories of Santa Cruz’s life with former students, parents, colleagues, and friends. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in honor of RoseAnn to the Golden West Chapter of the ALS Association.

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