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Linden PE teacher dies in snowmobile accident, local memorial planned

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(03/14/14) - Teachers and students are heartbroken after learning that a Linden Middle School teacher has died.

Thirty-four-year-old Andy Kargel was killed, Thursday, in a snowmobiling accident.

It happened in York Township, in Washtenaw County.

Police say he fell off a sled, and was then hit by the snowmobile behind him.

Counselors and ministers were at the middle school to counsel students and teachers, Friday.

Kids made cards and shared some of their favorite memories of Kargel. He taught for 10 years in Linden Community Schools, spending some time at the elementary level before moving to the middle school.

Flags in the district flew at half staff, Friday, in his memory, and the day started with a moment of silence at the middle school.

The superintendent says Kargel was more like a friend than an employee, describing him as a leader in the district.
"He was one in a million," said Ed Koledo, Linden Schools superintendent. There isn't anyone else like him. Another teacher said, 'Everyone's replaceable, but not Andy.' Obviously we'll have another PE teacher and that teacher will have a big role to fill, but Andy, he was an energy giver. He gave everyday in ways that are hard to fathom. He knew students' individual lives, too."

Ken McMaster, who pastors Faith Baptist Church in Linden, spent time with students on Friday.

"It's sometimes hard at that age to understand that brevity of life," he said. "We talked to them a little bit about great memories that they have. I also said, 'What are some characters that stood out to you?' and they began to share with me not only things that made them laugh, but things where he had control."

School leaders say they'll miss Kargel's sense of humor more than anything else.

His funeral is set for Wednesday morning at St. Mary's Church in Chelsea.

The Linden Superintendent also says there will be a Memorial Program for Mr. Kargel on Monday evening from 6-8pm in the Linden High School Auditorium.

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