Plane crash victim taught elementary school for 33 years

Posted at 2:53 PM, Sep 26, 2016
and last updated 2016-09-26 19:02:04-04

It's impossible to know exactly how many lives Kathleen Walker touched during her teaching career that spanned more than three decades. But those that knew her all agree - she touched many.

Walker, 69 of Eden, was one of three people killed when two small planes collided in mid-air Sunday morning in North Collins. Walker's husband Richard, 69, also died. The pilot of the other plane, 60 year-old Paul Rosiek of Hamburg, also lost his life.

Kathleen Walker taught kindergarten and first grade for 33 years at North Collins Elementary School, where faculty and staff met Monday to decide how to best remember her.

"She was very genuine but very skilled at handling children who were struggling," principal John Cataldo told 7 Eyewitness News.

Walker retired in 2003.

A preliminary report is expected to be completed within the next 10 days, but it will take six months to a year for the full report to be released.