MOORHEAD — Former Moorhead school superintendent Lynne Kovash has died.
Her family said she died on Valentine's Day night, Feb. 14.
Kovash had been battling pancreatic cancer for the last two years.
Kovash received her first full-time teaching contract with Moorhead Public Schools in 1988, though she had worked several years before as a playground supervisor and a long-term substitute teacher.
She worked as a special education teacher, a special education coordinator and in other positions before becoming assistant superintendent in 1999. She was named superintendent in 2008.
She had moved to Moorhead in 1968 during her junior year in high school.
After being diagnosed, Kovash was honored at a Moorhead High School football game in October 2017. The Spuds' captains escorted her onto the field, where she performed the pregame coin toss. That month, Kovash said she experienced a tremendous outpouring of support from the community.
"The cards, the letters, the food, the everything . . . this community really supports each other. It's just been amazing, kind of overwhelming," she said.
For months, "Team Kovash," made up of students, faculty, family and community members supported and rallied around her during her cancer battle.
She retired Nov. 30, 2017, saying at the time she needed to spend more time with her family and to concentrate on her chemotherapy as she aimed to prolong her life.
This past fall, she formed a family team for the Pancreatic Cancer Walk in downtown Fargo.
"I have to live every day to the fullest," she told WDAY News months ago. "None of us is promised tomorrow."
Her family told WDAY late Thursday night that from the moment she was diagnosed, she looked always forward, wondering what adventure might be next. Part of that look forward was a worldwide trip with her family.
Her family said they hope to embody her spirit in their lives.
Funeral arrangements are pending with Wright Funeral Home.