NORWALK, Conn. — The Norwalk community is in mourning after the unexpected death of Kara Kovlakas, a third grade teacher at Marvin Elementary School and wife of Norwalk Police Officer Andy Kovlakas.
Kara Kovlakas, who is a Norwalk native, died unexpectedly Thursday, Oct. 13.
They have two children -- Aydan, 4, and Ari, 9 months.
In an effort to help the family, a GoFundMe page has been set up by the Norwalk Police Union. As of late Friday, the effort had raised over $50,000 out of a $60,000 goal.
"Kara was loved by all who knew her, including her family, friends, co-workers at Marvin Elementary School and her students, both past and present," the GoFundMe page says. "This page has been established as a tribute to Kara's life, and to help defray the impending challenges that lay ahead for her husband and their children."
According to a post on the Facebook page of Norwalk Public Schools, "Mrs. Kovlakas was a wonderful teacher who touched many young lives. Our heartfelt condolences go out to her family and the Marvin community at this difficult time."
Marvin Elementary School made counselors available for students, families and staff who may need support.
To allow members of the Marvin School community to attend the funeral services for Kovlakas, Marvin Elementary School will be closed on Tuesday, Oct.18.
Columbus Magnet School has offered to host Marvin students there for families who need child care.
"Thank you for the tremendous outpouring of support today, and for keeping the Kovlakas family in your thoughts and prayers," the Norwalk Schools said on Facebook.
On the GoFundMe page, former Mayor Richard Moccia said, "Words are never enough to express the sadness over the loss of such a young vibrant person. I know how much she loved the children at Marvin, and her own kids. My condolences to Andy and his family."
In another post, Ellen Suchy said, "The world is a sadder place without your sparkle and joy, Kara."
"Sending love and prayers to your family during this tragic time. We could never have asked for a better teacher for our boys. Kara will always be remembered as one of their favorites," Christine Ladd said in a post.
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