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100-year-old Chicago teacher dies


Olivia Neubauer, seen in this undated photo, passed away Sunday, Nov. 11 at age 100.

Olivia Neubauer, a 100-year-old teacher who was still making a difference in the lives of children this year, has died.

Neubauer passed away Sunday morning. She'd been in the hospital since last week with fluid in her lungs.

She began her teaching career in 1935 and most recently taught at Ashburn Lutheran School, the school she helped launch nearly 50 years ago.

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Neubauer had nearly 80 years on the job and showed no signs of slowing down when she spoke to the press in January.

"My son wants me to quit, especially now. He said, 'C'mon, when are you going to quit?' and I said, 'I'll tell you when the Lord will tell me," she said at the time.

Funeral arrangements hadn't been set by Monday night.

Kindergarten teacher Olivia Neubauer is still passionate about teaching kids to read after finding her calling nearly 80 years ago. NBC's Rehema Ellis reports.

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