Hiawatha schools mourn sudden passing of teacher

Dixie Pethoud (USD 415 Hiawatha)

(WIBW) - The Hiawatha School District is mourning the unexpected death of a teacher.

Dixie Pethoud passed away Monday evening from a sudden illness, USD 415 superintendent Lonnie Moser said in a letter sent to parents and posted on the district's Facebook page.

Pethoud taught in the district for 26 years. This semester, Moser said she was teaching family and consumer science, 7th grade history, and 5th and 6th grade technology.

"Ms. Pethoud genuinely cared for her students and colleagues. She had a wonderfully positive outlook and will be deeply missed," Moser wrote.

The district will have additional counselors, social workers, and other personnel available to students and staff in the days ahead, Moser said.