Karen Zapiecki was a well-loved kindergarten teacher at Glendale-Feilbach Elementary, 2317 Cass Rd., when she discovered she had cancer in July.

Just two short months later, she passed away at the age of 56.

Purple was her favorite color, so the school community gathered on the afternoon of Wednesday, September 30, to plant a lilac bush in her memory. The students of the school also sang a special song they had learned from the school’s music teacher.

Updated on October 1, 2015