Maria Vida Horn

February 7, 1935November 28, 2018

Maria Vida Horn was born in Gorica, Slovenia. She passed peacefully at home in Monterey with her loving husband Ted, by her side. Vida came to the United States in 1953. She received a degree in Spanish Language and History from Notre Dame College in Chardon, Ohio in 1959. Shortly after graduating, she began her teaching career in Cleveland Heights, Ohio. Vida met the love of her life, Ted Horn, a professor at Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio and they were married in 1961. She earned her MA Degree in Spanish from Kent State University in 1964. Employment opportunities took Vida and Ted to Washington D.C. Vida’s first employment in California was in Spreckels, where she instituted a Spanish Bi-Lingual Program that she led from 1975-1979. Her last position was with the Monterey Peninsula School District at Seaside High School as a Spanish teacher. Vida was also involved in the American Field Service until she retired in June of 1996. The International Language and Culture Foundation (ILCF) honored her with the Educator of the Year Award. Vida will be remembered as a loving wife and avid reader. She was a member of San Carlos Cathedral. She enjoyed volunteering at MPVS, St. Vincent de Paul, and Joining Hands. Her faith was reflected in her everyday acts of compassion and kindness. Vida is survived by Ted, her husband of 57 years; a brother and his family in North Carolina, and a nephew, Ricardo, in Brazil. Special Thanks to Dr. Jeffrey Rice and nurse, Priscilla for the compassionate care, given to her. A funeral mass will be at 10:00 AM on Thursday, December 13, 2018 at San Carlos Cathedral. Please visit to sign Vida's guestbook and leave messages for the family.


  • Funeral Mass Thursday, December 13, 2018

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Jerry Gervase

December 14, 2018

Mr. Horn, I am a columnist for the Carmel Pine Cone and formerly wrote for the Monterey Herald. Several years ago, in a column, I referred to the book. "The Unbearable Lightness of Being," by Milan Kundera. Vida phoned me about it, almost incredulous that I knew the book and had actually read it. Thus began a gentle friendship with this gentle lady. We saw each other occasionally at the Del Monte Mall or in other stores. She always had a kind word for me, and sometimes critiqued my writing -- always leaving me with a smile.
I am sorry for your loss.

Geraldine Gennaro

December 10, 2018

I was blessed to have Señora Horn as my Spanish teacher from 1987 through 1991. Her love for teaching and her students was evident. She taught with passion and joy.
She always encouraged us to do our best. She made such an impact on me that I, too, went on to become a Spanish teacher. Mrs. Horn will always be remembered for her dedication and care for others. May the Lord comfort and hold you all during this sad time.
Geraldine Gennaro (Morcillo)
Former student from Seaside High School (Class of 1991)

Michael Gonzales

December 9, 2018

I write to you today not only as the deputy U.S. Ambassador to Nepal, but also as the grieving pupil of a tremendous educator, an impassioned internationalist, and a massively impactful influence in my life. Here in the foothills of the Himalayas, I have just learned of Vida’s passing from a cohort of Seaside High School students from around the world who join me in their grief stemming from our collective loss, but also in celebration of a truly beautiful soul who lived well and contributed meaningfully to the richness of each of our own lives.

To say that Vida impacted me deeply would be an understatement. In fact, she played perhaps the most fundamentally foundational role in opening the world to me and setting me on the professional and life path that I have pursued since I first met her at age 13. Vida was worldly and wise. From drilling her students on verb conjugations, to showing us the “Don Quixote” movie annually, to christening me “Miguelito, como él de Mafalda” – a moniker that I carry with me among my classmates still decades later – Vida brought the Spanish language to life for us and ensured that we understood just how truly interconnected we all are.

Above all, however, it was Vida’s personal investment in AFS and in tangibly linking our community at Seaside High School to the world that had the most profound and lasting impact on my life. She personally guided me through applying for the program and fully supported me as I ventured off to Madrid at age 15 to commence what would become a life-long wanderlust, which ultimately turned into my life as an American diplomat. Through this chosen path, I have ventured each day to do what Vida so manifestly did for all of us: bring people together to explore what we share, celebrate our diversity, realize just how small this world of ours is, and find ways to work together to support peace and happiness.

The impacts that Vida has left on this world set an incredible standard. May she rest in peace.