WESTBY — Jeannette “Señora” C. (Flores) Fox, 56, of rural Westby passed away peacefully Feb. 6 2016, at Bland Bekkedal Center for Hospice Care in Viroqua, after a battle with cancer.
Jeannette was born Nov. 17, 1959, in Managua, Nicaragua, to her parents, Gustavo and Marina (Guerrero) Flores. She married John Fox in 1982. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse with a bachelor’s degree in Spanish education in 1986, and later earned her master’s degree in Spanish literature from the University of Northern Iowa in 1994. The Foxes moved to Westby, where John worked as a tech ed teacher, while Jeannette finished her teaching degree and eventually taught Spanish at Westby High School. Jeannette was a dedicated and extremely talented teacher who had a profoundly positive impact on thousands of students during her 27 years of teaching. She retired from the Westby Area School District in 2015, but continued teaching Spanish at University of Wisconsin-La Crosse in the fall of 2015, and also worked as a Spanish to English translator at Scenic Bluffs in Cashton, during that time. Jeannette greatly enjoyed traveling the world with both her students and her family. She organized and chaperoned numerous school trips to Central America and Spain. But, she most enjoyed traveling with her daughter Caitlin, sharing a passion for discovering foreign cultures.
Jeannette is survived by husband, John; and daughter, Caitlin. Jeannette is also survived by her sister, Alina Zamora from Germantown, Md.; and brother, Gustavo Flores, from Madrid, Spain; mother-in-law, Jean Fox; sisters-in-law, Joan Mortimer, Barbara Bowes, Janet Driscol and Christine Morrissey; along with numerous nieces and nephews; and her special friends, Pam Geier, Sue Hamilton and Shona Taplin.
In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by two brothers, Stuart Flores and Jimmie Flores.
Jeannette and her family greatly appreciated the exemplary and compassionate care provided by the staff at Bland Bekkedal Center for Hospice Care. Jeannette was deeply moved by the tremendous outpouring of support shown by the community during her brief illness. Over the past month, Señora greatly enjoyed the more than 100 visitors, mostly her past students from Westby High School, whom she always held so close to her heart.
A Funeral Mass will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 13, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Viroqua. Fr. Michael Gorman will officiate. Visitation will be held from 9:30 a.m. until the Mass Saturday at the church. All are welcome to attend and celebrate Jeannette’s life.