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SYSK: Family dedicates 100 years to St. Patrick Catholic School


Teresa Sink has taught for 17 years at St. Patrick Catholic School in Cedar Falls. She actually started working for St. Pat's during college, thanks to her mom.

"My mom was extraordinary. She was in love with this school and in love with the families here, and she was the one who dedicated a lot of her life here," Teresa Sink said.

Linda Sink started working for St. Pat's in the late 70s as a bus driver. She was also a librarian before moving to the office in 1988. At that same time, her husband, Dan, was athletic director at the school. And, Linda recruited her sisters to help clean the school and drive bus!

"The mornings I would come to work, my mom and her sisters were talking because they just finished their bus route, and then I would come in and talk to my mom, and I'd see my sister-in-law. Just a lot of us," Teresa Sink said.

That's right. Teresa's sister-in-law, Lora, also works at the school -- teaching for 14 years. Plus, sister Anna joined the St. Pat staff last year.

"And then my sister Kristin moved back from Carroll, and we were looking for somebody to fill in part-time at daycare and preschool. So she said she'd fill in until they found a more permanent, and she just became the more permanent," Teresa Sink said.

And let's add one more to the list. Kristin's son, Will, who's a college student works at the extended daycare.

Teresa Sink said she loves teaching at St. Patrick School, but it's even more fun working with family.

"Being able to come to work everyday and see my sisters and sneak down and talk to them, it's really exciting. I love being able to work with my family," Sink said.

Sadly, Teresa no longer works with her mom. Linda Sink died from breast cancer more than three years ago. But, the dedication to St. Pat's she started more than 30 years ago lives on.

"It helps she's living on here, and she won't be forgotten," Teresa Sink said.

Sink said family and faith were most important to her mom. She knows her mom would be proud of the family's continued contributions to St. Patrick Catholic School.

Reporter: Danielle Wagner

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