In Memory

Catherine Andringa ((Teacher))

Catherine Andringa (Faculty)

St. Petersburg Times (FL) - February 20, 1987
Deceased Name: Catherine Andringa, business teacher at Northeast High School since 1970
ST. PETERSBURG - Catherine ''Cathy'' Andringa, 42, a teacher of business at Northeast High School since 1970, died of cancer Thursday (Feb. 19, 1987) at her residence, 850 Rafael Blvd. NE. At Northeast High, Mrs. Andringa was ''a very active lady,'' according to Lynda Schoonover, a longtime colleague in the business education department. For many years, she served on the faculty advisory committee at Northeast, Mrs. Schoonover said, and was department chairman for three years. ''Maybe 10 years ago she taught night school,'' Mrs. Schoonover said, and also taught in the gifted program at St. Petersburg Junior College. Until recently Mrs. Andringa was a member of the board of directors of the Pinellas County Teachers Credit Union. She was a past member of the credit union supervisory committee. She came here in 1969 from her native Greensboro, N.C. Mrs. Andringa was a graduate of Florida Southern College, Lakeland, where she belonged to Alpha Delta Pi sorority. She also belonged to Riviera United Methodist Church, Delta Kappa Gamma, the Business Education Association of Pinellas and the Pinellas Adult Vocational Association. Survivors include her husband Henry J. ''Hank; '' two sons, Robert Scott Andringa and Brett Edwards Andringa, St. Petersburg; and two sisters, Linda Hughes and Libby Happel, both of Greensboro. A memorial will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Riviera United Methodist Church, 175 62nd Ave. N, with Rev. Glenn L. Quam officiating. The family will receive friends in the church fellowship hall following the service. The family suggested memorial contributions to the American Cancer Society. Anderson-McQueen Funeral Home, 2201 Ninth St. N, is in charge of arrangements.

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09/01/19 01:26 PM #1    

Roxanne Drumm (McCarthy)

Mrs. Andringa was one of my favorite teachers . She was so smart & savvy . 

10/10/19 01:54 PM #2    

Darlene White (Gee)

Mrs. Andringa was more than just a teacher to me. As her Teacher Assistant my Junior and Senior year she became my Mentor. My favorite quote 

                              If you can TYPE you can find a job anywhere in the country”.

When my husband was assigned to work with NATO in Norway, I became the TYPIST for the NATO Ski Club news letter. Because of that simple activity, I was approached and asked if I could help Professor Keil (Norwegian Heart surgeon) with TYPING his papers going to American and British journals. From there the American Embassy found out about me and because I already had a security clearance, they asked if I would help with a job that required TYPING.  I TYPED a letter to Mrs. Andringa and told her she needed to revise her statement or add another part to her statment.      

                If you can TYPE you can find a job anywhere in the Country and the WORLD                                                                                                                 

When I came home for a visit in 1986, I stopped by Northeast HS and was able to visit with her and give her some “Viking” gifts. It was a very good visit and to be able to tell her my History Major has never got me a job, but TYPING has always been a great asset! My visit with her was very timely since she passed away shortly after.  

She is always in my Heart and my Life, I miss her very much. She was such an awesome teacher and even better person. 

Darlene D Gee


10/11/19 02:27 PM #3    

Wayne Wells

Though I can't remember my teacher's name, I do remember taking a typing class in high school. If Ms. Andringa was the typing teacher, then I must have had her. While in high school I had a summer job, which worked into a part time job even during the school year, at P.K. Smith Office Supplies in downtown St. Petersburg. When I left to go to the University of Florida, P.K. Smith gave me a Smith-Corona typewriter which I used that thoughout my college years and beyond. The skills I learned in typing class have helped me tremendously thoughout the years, not being a "hunt and peck" typist. Good lessons learned from high school.

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