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Genevieve Via Cava: Teacher Leaves $1M to NJ School District

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By    |   Tuesday, 12 June 2018 02:52 PM

Genevieve Via Cava, a former special education teacher who died in 2011 at age 88, left a million dollars to the Dumont school district where she worked for 45 years until her retirement in 1990. 

Superintendent of the district Emanuele Triggiano said Via Cava told him 10 years ago she was going to donate the money to the district, but he had laughed at the time, NorthJersey.com reported.

“I thought it was a joke,” Triggiano said. “But then we got the paperwork.”

Close friend Richard Jablonski who executed Via Cava's will said he didn’t even know until she died that she was worth a small fortune.

“She was a no nonsense, no frills woman but generous and big hearted toward kids,” Jablonski told CBS New York, adding that Via Cava clipped coupons, didn’t take vacations, and would wear the same clothes often.

Via Cava’s husband died in 1998, and she had no children or other family. Via Cava also donated money to the Salvation Army, local animal shelters, and a hearing center, according to the New York Post.

The money is set to be invested, with one special needs student getting a $25,000 scholarship toward higher education each year beginning with 2019-2020, CBS New York reported. 

Friend and former student and colleague, now a principal at a Dumont school, James Kennedy,  said Via Cava always recognized her former students and talked with them when they met up in the community, and that she helped some former students find jobs using her connections in the area, NorthJersey.com reported. 

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