By Jennifer Von Ohlen
DASSEL, COKATO, MN Teacher. Coach. Mentor. Colleague. Friend.
These are the words that come up again and again as the Dassel-Cokato School District mourns the loss of its 25-year sixth-grade teacher Beth (Remme) Flick, 47, who passed away Oct. 11 after a year of fighting cancer.
A memorial service took place in the Dassel-Cokato High School (DCHS) Performing Arts Center Oct. 19.
Motivated by her passion for teaching and learning, Flick earned her bachelor’s degree in education at the University of Minnesota, Morris in 1992; and accepted a sixth grade teaching position at the DC Middle School, where she remained throughout the rest of her career.
DCHS interim principal Dale Carlson worked in the building as a social working at the time, and said one of his first fond memories of Flick was her interview and introduction at the middle school opening day workshop.
“Beth wanted to be the best teacher she could be from day one,” Carlson stated. He reminisced about getting to know Flick through his walks down the sixth grade hallway and accompanying the sixth-graders on their annual trip Long Lake Conservation Camp in Palisade.
“Beth leaves deep holes in all of our hearts,” added middle school Principal Alisa Johnson. “The staff and students/families at DC that knew and loved her are better people because of her.”
In addition to her students and DC school family, Flick showed dedication to her colleagues by actively participating on several school committees. Throughout her years at DC, Flick contributed to the volleyball program, and eventually earned a tenure as head coach.
“Coach Flick was such a wonderful coach,” shared 2009 DC alumni Janna Stigen, who played volleyball in seventh, eighth, and ninth grades. “She taught me how to be a better volleyball player. She taught me how to bump, set, and spike. She also smiled at me when I walked down the sixth grade hallways. She was always such a happy person inside and out.”
Stigen also stated she enjoyed seeing Flick at the Cokato City Pool, which Flick managed for about 17 years. She would instruct lifeguard training and lead swimming lessons, while her volleyball players served as lifeguards and assistant managers.
“Beth’s net casts far and wide,” stated sixth grade teacher Paula Trisko, “and the extent of the loss of this amazing woman is great.”
In addition to the school, volleyball, and the pool, Flick gave her time to actively serving in her church and enjoying hobbies such as performing music, going for walks, spending time with her husband, Cole, and attending their children’s activities and sporting events.