Ileana's mother, Joan Seander, was my French teacher, and I went with her to France when I was in Junior High. I'm 63 now and we are still in close touch. Although I never had the chance to meet Ileana in person, I've heard so much about her and her family and her achievements, I feel I almost knew her. I know I've admired her greatly for many years. I loved her joie de vivre, and the fact that she was living the life she made and chose. She was extremely smart and intrepid. She was a woman who knew her own mind, knew what she wanted out of life, set her goals and walked her own path while making a wonderful life for her family and herself. I can tell that she was very much beloved by her family and colleagues and she will be missed terribly. Mary Ellen Klugh, San Antonio, FL USA

Sent by Mary Ellen on 25/02/2016