In Memoriam

In Memoriam
Posted on 04/21/2023

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 [email protected]. 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.

Items will be removed after 60 days.

Erlinda M. Martinez

Erlinda M. Martinez, “Linda” passed away on Tuesday, October 17, 2023, at the age of 54. She began working as a teacher’s assistant with the San Diego Unified School District in 1987. She remained with the district until March 2022. Throughout her 35 years of service, she held various job titles. She worked at San Diego High, Point Loma High, Early Childhood Education, Education Center, and most recently, Mira Mesa High. Linda has always been independent and very social. She made friends easily as she was a good conversationalist. Her personality was like a magnet. She was friendly, caring and genuine. She was born in San Diego, California on Friday, November 15, 1968.

Family, friends and coworkers are invited to attend a Celebration of Life Service on November 4, 2023, at The Rock Church El Cajon, 808 Jackman St. 92020 at 9:00 a.m.

A viewing will also be held on Friday, November 3, 2023, at Glenn Abbey Mortuary Magnolia Room, 3838 Bonita Rd. 91902 from 5:00-9:00 p.m.

Mary Holmes

Mrs. Mary Holmes, a beloved school counselor of San Diego Unified School District, passed away last Wednesday, July 26, 2023. Since 1978, Mrs. Holmes dedicated many years of service. She worked at Lewis Jr. High School and retired from Patrick Henry High School in 2003. She is survived by her husband, Mr. Robert Holmes. Mr. Holmes is a San Diego Unified School District retired principal. He was the principal at Pacific View Leadership Elementary (formerly known as Lee Elementary) from 1983 to 1995 and Encanto Elementary from 1995-2000.

The funeral services for Mrs. Mary Holmes will be Thursday, August 3rd at 11am. The location is at Foothills United Methodist Church, 4031 Avocado Blvd, La Mesa, Ca.

View Mary’s Full Obituary

Elmer William Runge

Elmer William Runge of San Diego, CA, passed away on Sunday, July 09, 2023, at the age of 90.

Elmer was a well-loved coach at Mission Bay and Patrick Henry High Schools in San Diego. Elmer coached gymnastics, cross-country, wrestling, and track and field from 1959 until his retirement in 1995. In 1999, he was a charter member of the 1999 SDHS Coaching Legends for Track and Field. His many accomplishments include 15 league championships, the 1961 SD-CIF wrestling, and the 1975 SD-CIF Track and Field Titles. He also received four coaching awards and a 1978 Service Honor Award for physical fitness for older adults. Family and friends are invited to attend a Memorial Service and celebration of life at St. Andrews Lutheran Church, San Diego, on August 19, 2023, at 11:00 a.m. In place of flowers, please consider donating in his honor to Elmer William Runge Scholarship Fund. Details are to be posted when final.

He was born on February 21, 1933, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where he grew up. He graduated from Custer High School in 1951. Elmer served in the Army from 1954-1956 and returned to marry his high school sweetheart, Ruth Erickson, on August 11, 1956. He was actively involved in their Church, St. Andrews Lutheran in San Diego. He was preceded in death by his parents, Elmer William Runge Sr. and Leona Stahl, and his sister Jean Redzinski. He is survived by his wife of almost 67 years, Ruth, and their three sons Dr. Kurt Runge (Dr. Kathy Berkner). Grandchildren Kai Berkner and Kaden Runge; Todd Runge (Ann Runge). Grandchildren William Thomas Runge (Dr. Gabriela Padilla Runge), Dr. Elizabeth Ann Runge, Paul Runge (Kaoru Runge), grandchildren Steven, Justin, and Nolan Runge.

Details on the Elmer William Runge Memorial Facebook page

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Maria Rose Serritella Streib

Maria was a School Counselor for San Diego Unified School District, a Licensed Clinical Social Worker for Sharp Mesa Vista Hospital, as well as a Yoga instructor at Soul of Yoga Studio in Encinitas, CA. Maria was a compassionate and positive person who was dedicated to a life of service to others. She was spiritual and her faith was important to her. In her free time, Maria loved practicing yoga, going to the beach, gardening, creating art, all things music, playing cards, helping her family and friends and caring for her pets. She was an exceptional Italian cook and loved to entertain her loved ones in her beautiful home in Carlsbad.

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Shannon Dearborn

Shannon Dearborn of San Diego passed away on April 16, 2023. She leaves behind two loving parents, and her beloved dog Bailey.

Shannon Dearborn worked for San Diego Unified School district for over 20 years in special education. She taught at San Diego High, Dana Middle, University High, Clairemont High and most recently as the Area 2 Elementary Program Manager for Special Education. She touched the lives of hundreds of students and was well-loved and respected by all who knew her. In her personal life, Shannon loved her local running group, Orange Theory, and especially running Disney marathons. Since she was such an avid Disney fan, we are honoring her life with a Disney themed brunch. Please wear Disney apparel if you wish.

A Celebration of Life for Shannon will be held at
Admiral Baker Park –Gazebo #4
3604 Admiral Baker Rd. San Diego, CA 92120
Saturday, May 20, 2023, 11:00-2:00
Celebration of Life for Shannon Dearborn

Posted 5/11/2023

Jeff MacCuish

Jeff MacCuish passed away on July 3, 2022. He was a Senior Speech Language Pathologist for many years, and worked closely with related service providers, as well as at Kennedy Elementary, during his career with the district. His celebration of life was attended by close friends and colleagues in the summer of 2022.

He was loved by all, and is remembered for his sense of humor, his tie dye shoes, and his dedication to all the children and colleagues he supported.

Posted 5/11/2023

Jose Delao

Jose Delao of San Diego passed away on April 28, 2023, at the age of 59. He leaves behind two loving parents, and brother Richard.

Jose served the District for over 40 years, first at Kearny and San Diego High Schools, then for different District Central Offices. In his last role, he served in the Human Resources Department for the past 23 years. He was beloved by many and his absence will be felt, for he was always willing to help those who asked for assistance and guidance with a smile.

Services for Jose will be held at
The Immaculata Catholic Church on University of San Diego
5998 Alcala Park Way, San Diego, CA 92110

Friday, May 5, 2023, at 6:30pm

Funeral Mass
Saturday, May 6, 2023, at 10:00am

View or download services details.

Posted 5/03/2023

Gilbert Gutierrez

Gilbert Gutierrez of Chula Vista passed away on April 8, 2023, at the age of 76. He leaves behind his devoted wife of 53 years, Frances (nee Olivares), his sons Gilbert of Chula Vista, Steven (Caren) of San Rafael, Anthony (Jeanette) of Chula Vista, and daughter Analicia La Salle (Justin) of Los Alamitos.

Gilbert taught in El Paso before being recruited by San Diego Unified School District in 1974 to fulfill a need for more bilingual teachers. He moved his family to San Diego, where he taught elementary school. He later moved into administration, serving as a principal in the San Diego Unified School District for over 20 years.

Full Obituary

Posted 4/21/2023

Robert Herndon

Robert "Chip" Herndon passed on November 8, 2022. He worked at Marston and Taft Middle School during his teaching career.

His celebration of life will occur on April 15, 2023 in Bakersfield, CA at the Elks Lodge 1616 30th Street Bakersfield, CA 93301 at 1:00pm.

Posted 4/06/2023