In Memoriam

Obituary notices and memorial service announcements for current or past San Diego Unified employees can be included in the In Memoriam section of Newsline by e-mailing Out of respect for the individual, please include a link to a formal obituary or provide as much detail as possible about the individual's life and involvement at San Diego Unified. 

Current Memorials:


Tchaiko Kwayana (1937 - 2017)

Tchaiko Kwayana was a faculty member at San Diego Mesa College and one of her last teaching assignments was at Point Loma High.  Tchaiko made her transition on May 6, 2017, after a debilitating illness.  She was surrounded by her loving husband of over 50 years, Eusi Kwayana and two of their adult children, Kofi and Iyabo.  Their other adult child, Kwame, joins a host of family and friends in grieving her loss.

There will be a "Celebration of the Life of Tchaiko Kwayana" on Saturday, June 24th from 6-9 p.m. at The Worldbeat Cultural Center, 2100 Park Blvd., San Diego 92101.  The celebration includes a drum call procession, libation, prayers, slides, music, and expressions of love and appreciation for Tchaiko, with food following specially prepared by Makeda Dread.  All who knew and admired Tchaiko are welcome to attend!  Monetary donations, in lieu of flowers, will assist the family in relocating Tchaiko's husband, Eusi, now over 90, to Georgia.  Make checks out to Kofi Kwayana.  Boxes (flattened), packing tape and packing assistance would also be greatly appreciated.  For more information, contact Judy Sundayo at

Posted 6/19/17


Diane Ehmche  (September 3, 1963 - February 20, 2017)

A celebration of life will be given in honor of Diane Ehmcke on September 2, 2017.

A native of San Diego, a 30-year employee of San Diego City Schools, the family asks that in lieu of gifts and flowers, donations be made to the Make a Wish Foundation.  Mark your calendars now and RSVP before August 1, 2017 to her mother at 619-440-2095 or sister Cheryl, at 702-575-3729, so they can determine a location and time.


Dr. Carol J. Voelker  (1930 - 2017)

Dr. Carol J. Voelker (nee Filsinger) of la Jolla, California passed away April 21, 2017.  Born November 5, 1930 in Buffalo, New York, to Howard and Pauline Ruhlman Filsinger.  Carol's husband, Lt. Donald C. Voelker, USNA '53, preceded her in death on April 15, 1958.

Carol was the mother of Paula Christine (Scott) Morlan, Lisa (Thomas) Owczarzak and Paul (Pamela Bair) Voelker.  Carol is survived by her brothers Ray (Deloris) Filsinger, Alan (June) Filsinger, and Daniel (Linda) Filsinger.  Carol was grandmother of nine and had eighteen great grandchildren and nine nieces and nephews.

Carol was a graduate of Mt Mercy Academy, Buffalo State, Rhode Island College and Bringham Young University, Provo, Utah.  Carol was a resident of La Jolla, California for more than 50 years.  An educator with San Diego City Schools, Carol taught the talented and gifted prior to becoming an administrator; her last position was as principal of Scripps Elementary.  Carol retired in 1991.  Carol was a board member of T.U.R.N., a member and lobbyist for AARP, a past Governor of the Desert Coast Region S.I.A., a board member of Soroptimist International, a board member of La Jolla Rec Council and CALPRIG, a key member of the panel passing the historic AB478 Breast Cancel Bill, a founding member of the San Diego Chapter of Komen Breat Cancer Foundation, founder of the Soroptimist Legislative Fax Network, the Violet Award, and the Institute for Students in Science.  Carol received many awards for her work.

A memorial and internment will take place in San Diego, California at Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery followed by a Celebration of Life.


Mary Frances Frey Venn  (October 1924 - June 2017)

Mary Frances Frey Venn, at age 92, of San Diego, CA, passed away on June 5, 2017.  Frances was born in Fullerton, CA, on October 2, 1924 to Earle William Frey and Beulah Williams Gentry Frey of Whittier, CA.  She had one brother, E. William Frey of Escondido, CA.  For over 71 years, she was married to Kenneth E. Venn, wedded on August 28, 1943 at the Santa Ana Army Air Base.  She is survived by their two children, and Randall Frey Venn of Brisbane, Australia and Cheryl Kathryn Ellwood of Lawa'i, Hawai'i and five grandchildren; Aliza Venn, austin Venn, Stephanie Ellwood, Chelsea Ellwood, and Alexi Brown.  Frances graduated from Stanford University (BA) and San Diego State University (MA).  She was employed as a teacher by the San Carlos School District, 1946-1949; the Territory of Hawaii Public Schools, 1949-1951; La Mesa School District, 1958-1961, and San Diego Unified School District, 1961-1983.  She retired as the principal of Chesterton Elementary School.  She was active in the League of Women Voters, having served in both New York and California.  Frances hoped to be remembered for hwo she loved each and every one of her family members and friends.

Posted 6/21/17


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