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Engleman, Panthers supporter, board member, dies

Engleman, Panthers supporter, board member, dies
Engleman, Panthers supporter, board member, dies
Vicki E. Engleman

Vicki Engleman, a member of the South Harrison Community School Corp. Board of Trustees, passed away Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2014. She was 64.
With the same gusto that she used to cheer for her beloved Corydon Central Panthers, Engleman had battled heart problems off and on since 2002.
In 2002, she had a stent put in after one artery was discovered to be blocked. In 2010, it was learned that her heart was working at only 10-percent capacity. Eventually, a ventricular assisting device, which is a mechanical pump operated by either electricity or battery pack that is used to support heart function and blood flow in people who have weakened hearts, was installed while Engleman awaited a heart transplant.
She had been on the registry for a heart transplant, but the right match was never found.
Engleman was retired from the South Harrison Community School Corp. and had served on the board since 2010.
‘Vicki was a true advocate for the kids,’ Dr. Neyland Clark, former superintendent of the South Harrison Community School Corp., said. ‘She demonstrated this advocacy as an employee at Corydon Elementary School, while serving as a bus driver to numerous events and as a dedicated member of the board of education. The kids have lost a true champion for their voice. The community has lost a true servant. I was honored to serve as superintendent with her.’
Mary Mathes, president of the South Harrison school board who was nominated by Engleman to be board president at the Jan. 23, 2013, school board meeting, described Engleman as ‘one of a kind.’
‘I don’t know of anybody or any employee who cared for all of the kids as much as she did, whether she was driving a bus, at her job at school, going to ballgames or just interacting with the kids,’ Mathes said. ‘She was my roommate when we would go to school board conferences, and she would go to a session and come back so excited about stuff we could try. We were never good enough. No matter how good we were, we can always do better.
‘She was a fun gal. I’m going to miss her.’
Her funeral was Friday. Beanblossom-Cesar Funeral Home in Corydon handled arrangements.