Loretta M. "Rae" Teevan, 87, passed away Jan. 24 following a long illness. She was a life-long resident of Bristol, a well-respected member of the community, and beloved by her former students. Rae graduated from St. Joseph School in 1947 and from Bristol High School in 1951. She attained her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Latin from St. Joseph College in West Hartford, and returned to Bristol High School, later known as Bristol Central High School, teaching Latin. She later completed her Master's Degree in Latin at Trinity College in Hartford. Rae completed coursework for her certification to teach French and Italian at Central Connecticut State College in New Britain.
As a tribute to her dedication and commitment to education and her students, Rae was named Bristol's Teacher of the Year in 1988-89. She retired in 1998 after a career of 43 years, and kept in touch with many of her former students right up to the time of her passing. Throughout her four-plus decades teaching, Rae was a member of the Classical Association of Connecticut, the Classical Association of New England, and the American Classical League. Once retired, she traveled internationally acquiring new friends each trip acquiring new friendships through the years.
Rae was honest and forthright, a woman of great faith, and one with a strong connection to her Irish and French-Canadian heritage. Rae was intelligent and quick to respond, standing out in a crowd with her quick wit and wry sayings for every scenario, such as "Everything will be fine if you just put on lipstick," and "With the help of God and three Irish cops..." She will be remembered for being a consummate educator, mentor, and most of all, a great friend. She was predeceased by her parents, William Teevan and Leah Morin Teevan.
She is survived by many cousins and their families along with those with whom she had formed a solid bond of friendship. A wake will be held Monday Jan. 31, at O'Brien Funeral Home, 24 Lincoln Ave., Bristol, from 5-7 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Tuesday at 10 a.m. directly at St. Joseph Church, 33 Queen St., Bristol, followed by a procession to St. Thomas Cemetery in Bristol. To livestream the wake or to leave a condolence, share a memory or a photo, please visit Rae's tribute page at www.OBrien-FuneralHome.com