The Tuesday night Manteca Unified Board of Education meeting was adjourned in memory of three school district employees who have passed away since Saturday.
S. Heller (Ewbank) Lipsett who taught at George McParland Elementary School died Saturday, June 22. She worked as a teacher with the Manteca Unified School District for more than 20 years and was a leader in recycling and special needs programs, among many other things. In the community, she was a tireless volunteer in several organizations including the Manteca Emergency Response Team or CERT, the emergency food bank, the Delta Blood Bank and its blood drives, just to name a few. She was a graduate of University of Michigan where she was a member of the Alpha Phi and manager of the men’s swim team. She lost her husband, J. David Lipsett in 2005, and also recently lost her parents, Jane and Hank Ewbank. Services for Lipsett will be held today at PL Fry & Sons Funeral Home, 290 North Union Road, in Manteca starting at 5 p.m.
Mary Ann (Shoemaker) Kullman, who retired from Manteca Unified after 31 years as an attendance clerk, died peacefully at home while asleep on Sunday, June 23. She met her husband, Ralph Kullman, while working briefly at the Creamery in Manteca. She had accidentally served the “handsome young man” a hamburger without the meat, and that was the beginning of their love story. They lived in Lathrop and were married for 56 years. Besides her husband, Kullman is survived by three daughters, seven grandchildren, and one great-grandchild. Viewing will be Friday, June 28, from 4 to 7 p.m., at Park View Chapel, 3661 E. Franch Camp Road in Manteca. A Celebration of Life service will be held in her memory at Crossroads Grace Community Church, 1505 Moffat Blvd., in Manteca, on Saturday, June 19, starting at 10 a.m.
Maria E. Fisicaro, who was also a retired Manteca Unified employee, passed away on Monday, June 24. She started out as a bilingual aide for Manteca Unified in 1977, and was an administrator for eight years. Teaching was her passion and enjoyed being around children. She was also a world traveler. Her favorites were cruises taken in Alaska, Italy, and the Mediterranean. She doted on her family especially her two grandchildren. She also enjoyed her hobbies – knitting and crocheting. In addition to her grandchildren, she is survived by her husband of 45 years, Don Fisicaro, her three children, two brothers and many nieces and nephews. Funeral services for Fisicaro will be held at St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church, 505 E. North St., in Manteca on Friday, June 28 starting at 11 a.m.