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"Our hearts are saddened": Lynn Fanning Elementary School mourns COVID-related death of 3rd-grade teacher

"Our hearts are saddened to learn of the passing of Mrs. Kattie Brocato, 3rd-grade teacher at Lynn Fanning Elementary School," the school wrote in a Facebook post.

MADISON COUNTY, ALABAMA, Ala. — Madison County Schools and Lynn Fanning Elementary School are mourning the death of a 3rd-grade teacher who died from COVID-19.

"Our hearts are saddened to learn of the passing of Mrs. Kattie Brocato, 3rd-grade teacher at Lynn Fanning Elementary School. Mrs. Brocato was a wonderful teacher who always smiled and looked for the best in others. She gave all of her heart to her students and will be truly missed. Kattie also taught at Endeavor Elementary School and Madison Cross Roads Elementary in Madison County. We have additional counselors on campus to support our students and staff," Lynn Fanning Elementary School Principal Tausha Knight wrote on the school's Facebook page. "We offer our heartfelt condolences to her family and friends. They are in our thoughts and prayers."

Brocato's brother, Jonathan Adam Cantrell, announced her death Monday morning in a Facebook post:

"It is with great sadness that I inform everyone that my sister Kattie past away last night. I’m so thankful that her husband Chris, my mother, father and myself were allowed to be with her when she did. Please continue to pray for the Cantrell and Brocato families and for everyone that she touched in her life. Pray for my nephew and that God touches his life as he grows up. We lost a wife, a mother, a sister, an aunt, a teacher and one of sweetest people you will ever know. However, God now has a glorious angel. I will see you again one day sister when my work here is down maybe you can introduce me to some little people that I never got to meet," the post reads.

A spokesperson for Madison County Schools told Fox 54 that additional counselors and social workers will be available at Lynn Fanning Elementary School and at Endeavor Elementary School, where she taught for three years.

"The Madison County School System is saddened to share this news regarding one of our family members. Our thoughts and prayers will be with this family," the spokesperson told Fox 54.

The district does require masks to be worn indoors at this point.