P7030015
Huong "Charlene" Ngoc Tieu
  • 51 years old
  • Date of birth: Jul 29, 1961
  • Place of birth:
    Biên Hòa, Viet Nam
  • Date of passing: Mar 16, 2013
  • Place of passing:
    California, United States
This memorial website was created in the memory of our loved one, Huong "Charlene" Tieu.

If you plan on attending the viewing and/or memorial events, please RSVP by sending an email to huong.memorial@gmail.com Please include the number of attendants.

Please park at Martin Murphy Historical Park for the memorial service on Saturday.

UPCOMING EVENT INFORMATION

Viewing : Friday March 22, 2013 at 2pm - 9pm
Visitors are welcome to stop by at any time during these hours.
Location:
Spangler Mortuary
Sunnyvale Chapel and Crematory
174 North Sunnyvale Avenue
Sunnyvale , CA 94086

Memorial Service : Saturday March 23, 2013 at 8:30am - 12pm
Service and remembrance starts at 8:30am.
Location:
Spangler Mortuary
Sunnyvale Chapel and Crematory
174 North Sunnyvale Avenue
Sunnyvale , CA 94086

Light lunch to follow
Location: Spangler Mortuary

Memorial Tributes
This tribute was added by Dan Mason on 16th March 2016

"After 3 years, I realize that it's just always going to have to be a little too quiet in the cafeteria and a little less special at work without you Charlene. There will always be very fond memories of you in many peoples' hearts here. I wish your family well."

This tribute was added by Binh Lam on 16th March 2016

"Heng, will see u soon. sis.

--- HZ ---"

This tribute was added by Maylynn Tam on 14th March 2016

"Almost 3 years ago now. Still thinking of you, Mom. Rest in Peace."

This tribute was added by Helen Vo on 30th July 2015

"Chuc Huong hon ban Ve mien cuc lac"

This tribute was added by maylynn Tam on 29th July 2015

"Made my mom's thai chicken wings last night and they'll never be as good as the way she made them. Thinking of her today and everyday."

This tribute was added by Karen Bacica on 29th July 2015

"Thinking of you on your birthday today, Charlene. Will always cherish the friendship and fun we had.  Love, Karen"

This tribute was added by Vinh Tran on 29th July 2015

"Happy birthday Huong, we will always miss you!"

This tribute was added by Karen Donoho on 17th March 2015

"It's been two years and I still expect to see your beautiful smile and hear your happy voice when visiting the cafeteria.  It's not the same without you. I miss chatting with you about family, recipes and life in general. You are so dearly loved and sadly missed Charlene."

This tribute was added by Binh Lam on 16th March 2015

"Can't believe it's been two years. You are forever missed.
--- HZ ---"

This tribute was added by Karen Bacica on 16th March 2015

""I was so pleased to see Lee & Dylan a few weeks ago." Although Lee does look thinner, he is more at peace. They both still miss you and when Dylan saw the portrait, he jumped up with a smile. This made me happy. Lee is doing a wonderful job of raising Dylan. Rearranging his priorities to raise Dylan tells you what a good man he is. I miss my dear friend and often think of how much fun we  had sharing stories. I often give you a little hello when passing the cafeteria each evening.""

This tribute was added by Peggy Stull on 16th March 2015

"So often still I go to the cafeteria expecting to see you and then remember, again, that you're gone from us. Lee and Dylan came for a visit recently; Lee's weight loss is a clear indication of not having you here. Dylan is so grown-up --- you would still be so proud of him. Lee and his support system are doing a great job with him. Karen Bacica painted a beautiful portrait of you that reflects your inner spark. Miss you all the time!"

This tribute was added by Karen Bacica on 30th July 2014

"Charlene, Every time I enter the Cafeteria here at work, I miss your energetic welcome. I miss sharing life events with you. We still communicate in a different way. It's nice to have this tribute to see how you affected others' too.  Best to your sweet family."

This tribute was added by maylynn Tam on 30th July 2014

"Love you Mom and think of you often. Especially today. I looked at the calendar and first thought was, gotta call mom... I still back track and remind myself you're not a "phone call away" anymore like you always had said to me. Miss you."

This tribute was added by Cathy DiBenedetto on 29th July 2014

"Happy Birthday Charlene!  I am grateful to have you in my heart on this day and always.  Peace to your family and friends on this day of remembrance."

This tribute was added by Peggy Stull on 29th July 2014

"I'd like nothing more than to have you here with us and your family and be able to wish you "Happy Birthday". We miss you every single day."

This tribute was added by Vinh Tran on 29th July 2014

"Happy Birthday Huong, we always missed you!"

This tribute was added by Karen Donoho on 29th July 2014

"Happy Birthday in Heaven Charlene.  You are thought of often and missed so very much. Sending a birthday {{{hug}}} to today.  Love, Karen"

This tribute was added by Dan Mason on 16th March 2014

"You were already an angel in your time here Charlene. Such a huge heart that was right there for so many of us. Miss you more than words can say."

This tribute was added by Sheeja Das on 16th March 2014

"Miss you Charlene..."

This tribute was added by Vinh Tran on 16th March 2014

"Hi Huong

You left us a year ago and it seems to be we just meet yesterday, I always miss you."

This tribute was added by Emily Kelley on 16th March 2014

"Our thoughts are with May, Dylan, and the entire family every day and also on this one year anniversary.  Love you all."

This tribute was added by Karen Bacica on 16th March 2014

"I so miss my dear friend & colleague. what fun, lively conversations we would have - we joked that we felt like sisters. Charlene was truly interested and compassionate with everyone and I know she touched so many lives at work. I miss her creativity, cooking and smile. I wish Lee, Dylan and her beautiful! kind daughters peaceful memories of a wife & mother who loved them. RIP my dear Charlene."

This tribute was added by Cathy DiBenedetto on 15th March 2014

"One year ago our dear Charlene left this world only to become our most beloved angel who watches over us from above. All of us who were lucky enough to work along side her carry her kind spirit with us, always. Blessings to her family and friends. We miss your most beautiful smile and heartwarming laugh."

This tribute was added by Binh Lam on 15th March 2014

"R.I.P dear sis. Will always remember you, always missing you ...

--- HZ ---"

This tribute was added by Karen Donoho on 15th March 2014

"I will always remember Charlene and her beautiful smile, her gentle spirit. Sometimes I think I still hear her voice when I visit the SCCOE cafeteria.  On this first anniversary of Charlene's passing, I think of her family too and hope they are doing well."

This tribute was added by Kathy Romero on 14th March 2014

"This weekend will be the 1st anniversary of Charlene's passing. I think of her often and miss her smiling face everyday at SCCOE.  My heart goes out to her family on this day of remembrance."

This tribute was added by Laurie Book on 2nd August 2013

"I think of Charlene often with the reminder of how precious life is.  We must never take anything for granted, and live each day as if it were our last.  Charlene is a beautiful spirit and she will always be missed.  Blessings to Charlene and her family."

This tribute was added by Laurie Sholl on 29th July 2013

"Wishing you a very Happy Birthday today.  I think of you often and say a little prayer for you and your family."

This tribute was added by Vinh Tran on 29th July 2013

"Happy birthday Huong, we always missed you."

This tribute was added by Cathy DiBenedetto on 29th July 2013

"Happy Birthday - I wish, so badly, to be able to tell you in person. We never know how much someone has touched our lives until we can't be with them anymore.  It hurts, but at the same time, it's a blessing to know that I still hear you and it makes me smile. For your family, I wish them peace during this special time of remembrance."

This tribute was added by Karen Donoho on 29th July 2013

"Remembering you today on your birthday Charlene.  I think of you so often and miss you very much."

This tribute was added by Jackie Jackson on 29th July 2013

"Today is Charlene's Birthday! You are so truly missed by your friends and family. You are in our thoughts. Jackie"

This tribute was added by Dan Mason on 12th May 2013

"Thinking of you and your family Charlene more than normal today on Mother's Day. Your daughters and son are proof that you were a very gifted & loving mom. You shared those loving and caring instincts with us at work too. I'm in awe of how you raised your children so well while also being there for so many others. Thanks Charlene for sharing your love and care - you touched so many hearts!"

This tribute was added by Stephanie Goodlett on 3rd April 2013

"Just heard the tragic news and my heart is breaking. I've known her for 10 years. A hard worker and a loving mother, she had an abundance of energy that I envied. I will miss our conversations about family, life, and the trials and triumphs of motherhood. I'd only see her once a year, but it was like talking to an old friend. My deepest sympathy to all her family. She was one of a kind."

This tribute was added by Kathy Hogan on 26th March 2013

"Charlene was loved by all --- her attention to detail, her strong desire to make everyone feel special and her incredible kindness will never be forgotten.  I feel so fortunate that I knew her and I'll never forget all that she did for me & others while I was working at the COE.  My prayers and thoughts to her beautiful family -- thank you for sharing Charlene with us."

This tribute was added by Diana Paradise on 26th March 2013

"Charlene has always been an extraordinary woman in my eyes. Attending her memorial brought me to an even higher appreciation and respect for her. Hearing of her widespread generosity, the depths of  her relationships, and seeing her 3 beautiful & accomplished daughters and lovely son has had an indelible affect on me. Her life inspires me to reach new heights of giving and kindness."

This tribute was added by Rob West on 25th March 2013

"Meeting Charlene and her beautiful family while serving as Best Man at Crystal and Lee's wedding will certainly top the list of my most memorable experiences. I only got to know Charlene for a short time during that joyful period, but found the experience full of laughter and light. All of my thoughts and prayers to her family and friends."

This tribute was added by Helen Vo on 24th March 2013

"It's been so long since I've last seen her and its heartbreaking to know that I couldn't be there to see her for the last time; last year's reunion I should have gone back and reminisce with her about the times we shared as childhood friends and neighbors. I hope wherever she is she is at peace and can go on her way happily to heaven. She will be missed."

This tribute was added by Michele MacNair on 23rd March 2013

"Charlene was a good friend to me and my family.  Even tho I retired 6 years ago, when I came into her office we talked about our families and shared dreams hopes and frustrations.  Charlene's life was her husband, Dylan and her three beautiful daughters.  She gave her mom lots of praise for Dylan's daily care.  We will miss you.  The world has lost a lovely soul.  Michele, Tonia and Daniel"

This tribute was added by Ai Ninh Nguy on 23rd March 2013

"Hen,I will miss you,we shared many talks when we were young,  i can't believe this has happened,you will be deeply missed,i will never forget your eyes and your smile.You were my best friend.Hen i will miss you forever!"

This tribute was added by Corey Gin on 22nd March 2013

"I just found out a few hours ago about the sudden passing of our friend and confidante, Charlene. She was a bright light to everyone who knew her. There is no mistaking how wonderful Charlene made me feel whenever I saw her. She genuinely cared for everyone who she came in contact with. My condolences go out to her family and friends. We will miss her dearly."

This tribute was added by Sid Haro on 22nd March 2013

"Charlene, I am writing this directly to you as I know that you are certainly still present in our hearts and memories.  Thank you for all of your support and kind words.  You were always smiling and had a positive remark to share with me every time that we saw each other.  Rest well and safely in the arms of the Lord.  I am thinking of you."

This tribute was added by Mark Ashley on 22nd March 2013

"We always talked at length from time to time, the last time was last week..English food and English recepies, her little boy and her love of life. She was a hard worker and dedicated to her job. I miss her everyday."

This tribute was added by Tan Duong on 22nd March 2013

"I was in shock and very sorry to hear about Charlene's passing away.
I greatly pray for her soul to rest in peace and pass to a blissful place.
I also deeply sympathize with her family. Love you and miss you, Charlene!"

This tribute was added by Judy Kritikos on 22nd March 2013

"How do you say good by to someone when they've left so suddenly?  I go to the cafeteria every day, and I still think I'll see her - in her office, working away, or running around making sure everything was just as it should be.  My deepest and most sincere prayers and thoughts are with her family as they remember their wife, mother and friend.  I will miss you, my friend."

This tribute was added by Loree Arena Doyle on 22nd March 2013

"I was so very saddened to hear the news about Charlene.  To say that she was a kind, caring, wonderfully energetic person barely touches the surface about Charlene.  She was an absolute bright light in anyone's day and I can only imagine the emptiness that's being felt in her family with her passing.  Let your memories keep her alive and with you always."

This tribute was added by Monica Sanchez Lopez on 22nd March 2013

"Charlene was a remarkable and energetic woman! Charlene found the time to listen and talk to everyone. I will cherish our talks, and advice about our children. Most especially the one's about our daughter's. The cafeteria at SCCOE will not be the same without her. She will be missed..."

This tribute was added by Que Linh Dang on 22nd March 2013

"It was shocking and frighten with sudden sad news that you passed away. Ngoc Huong, Ngoc Huong, I call your name many times, it is hard to believe that you are no longer present in this world. I can not hold my tears with sadness. Your smile, kindness, friendly are still around us. let sleep and rest in peace. You will be dearly missed. my prayers, thoughts to you & your family. Que Linh"

This tribute was added by peter (duc) Huynh on 22nd March 2013

"Ngoc Huong dear friend.You will be greatly miissed..I am still shocked about this sadly news."

This tribute was added by Aimy Tran on 22nd March 2013

"玉香!隨著妳的逝去,也帶走了無限的歡樂,但妳留給我們的快活時光將會永遠銘記於我心。雖然我千萬份的不願意,也只能夠跟妳說聲"永別!"陳愛美"

This tribute was added by Janice Battaglia on 22nd March 2013

"It was such a shock to hear about Charlene.  Charlene always shared so much about herself and family, knowing how she loved all.  We are so blessed to have known her for as long as we did, she will be missed by our IC staff.  Please know that our hearts are deep with sorrow and our prayers and thoughts are with you all at this challenging time.  We will miss you Charlene!"

This tribute was added by Xung Van Tran on 22nd March 2013

"蕭玉香學友仙遊,音容德範永存!
陳增輝、廖若虹合家敬輓"

This tribute was added by Lilia Aguero on 22nd March 2013

"I was utterly devastated upon hearing this oh so sad news. Dearest Charlene-- in my mind I hear her laughter and see her beautiful smile. She was a rare combination of gentleness, grace and kindness, paired with the fiercest strength and work ethic. Her work was love in action. My heart aches with this tragic loss...and my thoughts are with her family."

This tribute was added by Kat Rodriguez on 22nd March 2013

"I was very fortunate to have grown up around Charlene and her wonderful family. While I never expressed this to her, I will be forever grateful for the time I spent around such a hardworking and kindhearted figure. Her unwavering dedication to those around her, especially the ones she loved, was truly beautiful."

This tribute was added by Elida Bruner on 22nd March 2013

"Life is often too short, but love and family lives on forever. We will keep all of you in our prayers and you have are deepest condolences for your loss."

This tribute was added by MyHa Du on 21st March 2013

"Hen,I like to call you this name,more closer.we have been friend for many years.All the time we spend together,the words that we shared will become the treasure,the beautiful memories that I'll keep all in bottom of my heart.Hen,you are always my best friend! Hen,I miss you!!"

This tribute was added by Linda McCabe on 21st March 2013

"I just talked to Charlene a month ago.  She was such a joy to know and work with.   A new bright star is in the sky watching over all of us.  She was a friend to everyone and I am proud to be able to call her a close friend.  We cried together when I retired and she made me promise to visit her, which I'm glad I did.  I will miss her terribly."

This tribute was added by Jane Li on 21st March 2013

"I am so sad and shocked about this tragic loss. Though I only met Charlene at several occasions, I felt knowing her for years as she was such a beautiful, sweet and loving lady with bright smile always.  I loved listening to her stories about her kids and cooking, and felt she was truly a wise women. My deepest condolences to her family. (Jane & Daran family)"

This tribute was added by Sonia Kao on 21st March 2013

"I am also in shock over the loss of Charlene. We are all missing her smile each day in the cafeteria. Not only did she provide wonderful and nutritious food for us, she was a friendly, kind and caring person. My thoughts and prayers go out to Charlene’s family."

This tribute was added by Alicia Shemirani on 21st March 2013

"I am still in total shock of our dear Charlene's passing.  My prayers and thoughts go out to Charlene's dear family.  She was always so energetic and so helpful whenever we needed her assistance.  I can still see her beautiful smile and hear her laughter.  She is now an angel who will watch over her family."

This tribute was added by Barbara Monges on 21st March 2013

"Charlene touched everyone here, at COE. I can't remember how many times we stood and talked about our 'girls', how excited she was for me when I had my first granddaughter, I am going to miss her, every day.  Hold tight to memories for comfort, lean on your friends & family for strength, and always remember how much we all cared for Charlene."

This tribute was added by Hannah Kwan on 21st March 2013

"What a shock when knowing玉香passed away and hard to be believed. 玉香; an impressive person around friends. I loved to watch her interact with people. Her outgoing personality was amazing. I am hardly forgetting her smile and her mischievous joking face when talking to someone. Especially when her dilated eyes with a big smile made everyone feels her humor. I will miss her. 安息吧, 萧玉香 from Hanh"

This tribute was added by Nadeline Nguyet Thach on 21st March 2013

"" It happens so suddenly, no words can express feeling of this great loss,  I still do not want to accept this sad new "" 玉香 passed away ...".  I still have a lot to chat with her.  I lost a great friend, I mis her beautiful smiling face, and countless inspiration.  D/Duc class 76 will greatly miss you for many things you left in us.  We love & miss you forever.  May you rest in peace."

This tribute was added by Sheeja Das on 21st March 2013

"Charlene, dear and sweet friend,you will be greatly missed. Our prayers and thoughts are with the family."

This tribute was added by Hoa Lam on 21st March 2013

"育德家庭少了朵美麗善良的花, 天上卻多了一顆閃耀的星.
見到育德就記起您的友情, 望着星空就見到您的笑容.
我們都將這笑容藏在心中.
我們的祈禱直到永恆.
華先"

This tribute was added by Yee Wan on 21st March 2013

"Charlene, thank you for making SCCOE so well received as a site for training events. You were part of the success for countless events that served teachers and students. Thank you again for your dedication, thoughtfulness and excellence in serving us and our customers. And a special thank you for always displaying a positive attitude that brighten everyone's day. We were lucky to have you!"

This tribute was added by Karen Tseng on 20th March 2013

"I am so shocked and saddened by Charlene's sudden passing, her smile and wonderful presence will be greatly missed in our neighborhood."

This tribute was added by Jane Tieu on 20th March 2013

"Oh Huong, I know you will always be with us.  Your warm smile, laughter, energy, kindness and your wonderful cuisine will forever live in our memory.  I feel so lucky to have you as sister-in-law, dear friend & mentor.  I cherish the time we spent together chitchatting, thanks for the great advice, encouragement, inspiration and positive energy you shared with me. Rest in peace Huong."

This tribute was added by Shirley Kinoshita on 20th March 2013

"Charlene will be missed in our neighborhood. I'll miss seeing her jogging through the streets with their dog, her friendly smile and lovely presence. She sparkled when she spoke with utter devotion and love for her husband, son, Dylan, her daughters and family. We will miss the light and joy she brought to every neighborhood event. With prayers & condolences to her family and friends"

This tribute was added by Anh Chau on 20th March 2013

"May God bless 玉香 and her family during this difficult time. Such a big shock, our wonderful friend just leave us too soon and we can’t accept this is true. Without her, our classmate reunion will less laughing and cheerfully, but we know she always there, we miss her! My condolences and prayers to 玉香 family. May her in a safe and peaceful place, rest in haven."

This tribute was added by Margaret Barber on 20th March 2013

"I am shocked and saddened to learn of the passing of Charlene.  She was a great lady dedicated to helping and serving others.  Above all she loved and adored her family.  For now may caring thoughts and prayers from others help you through this difficult time. She will be missed."

This tribute was added by Steve Sinclair on 20th March 2013

"Grief fell on me when I heard of Charlene's passing.  Charlene was part of the fabric of SCCOE, its heartbeat. She touched everyone who worked in the building with her tireless work, transforming a basic necessity--nourishing the body--into a work of art. Amazing Food! Indeed, Amazing Grace!  We all love you, Charlene."

This tribute was added by Joop Kaashoek on 20th March 2013

"It is a terrible shock to hear that Huong passed away. She was always full of energy and upbeat, and handled the ups and downs in her life with never ending determination, she did not have an easy iife. She was an example to us all. My condolences to Lee, the children and the rest of the family."

This tribute was added by Pedro Rodriguez on 20th March 2013

"Your beautiful family will be in my thoughts and prayers."

This tribute was added by Rita Atkins on 20th March 2013

"My heart felt condolences and prayers are with you Lee, to you and your family during this difficult time."

This tribute was added by Virginia Holovacs on 20th March 2013

"My condolences and prayers go out to you all.  Such a surprise."

This tribute was added by Erika Foussadier on 20th March 2013

"May God bless you, Charlene, Lee and your family during this difficult time.  Just know that she is in a safe and peaceful place.  My sincere sympathy..."

This tribute was added by Greg Mora on 20th March 2013

"My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this time. My condolences."

This tribute was added by Ginger Ruther on 20th March 2013

"My heart continues to ache at the news of Charlene's passing.  Charlene was such a sweet, generous and kind person.  No matter how busy she was here at the SCCOE, she always had time for me.  We sat together so many times in her office talking about our children.  Our long, heartfelt talks always ended in a tight hug.  She was a wonderful friend.  I will miss her."

This tribute was added by June Blackmore Maiwald on 20th March 2013

"This is such sad news.  Charlene was one of a kind and she made the best Won Ton Soup that I have ever tasted.  I worked at the COE as a sub and she always made me feel so welcome.  Another wonderful person gone too soon.  You will always be remembered by so many people.  RIP."

This tribute was added by Becky Bates on 20th March 2013

"Charlene will be missed- her love and care for our kids; her smile and her laughter.  We would talk often of our children, she loved her daughters and was so proud of exuberant young son. It is hard to believe she will not be here to greet us in the mornings."

This tribute was added by Charmein LoCascio on 20th March 2013

"On Friday her eyes sparkled as she told me about May’s dress for the traditional Vietnamese tea. She laughed about how Dylan would carry a sign reading, "here comes the bride". She made each of us feel as though we were her best friend.  "When the heart grieves over what it has lost, the spirit rejoices over what is left behind".  I will miss my dear friend and forever cherish her memory."

This tribute was added by Dennis Cima on 20th March 2013

"Charlene was a dear person and a ray of light.  During my time at the SCCOE and in the years that followed, I cherished her smile, energy and her passion for taking care of others.  She was devoted to her family, her business and her many friends.  Charlene always kept my stomach and spirits filled.  I will miss her greatly..."

This tribute was added by Nam Lam on 20th March 2013

"RIP.we may missed you but we will never forget about you.your cheerful and lovely staying in our heart forever......may god bless you."

This tribute was added by Dan Mason on 20th March 2013

"Oh Charlene you were such a sweetheart and are missed by so many!.  I couldn't keep it short, so if you like. please read my tribute in the story area. Much love to Charlene's familily."

This tribute was added by Minh Quan on 20th March 2013

"仰望蒼穹,想著去天堂的路上一定是花香鋪滿,隨伴著蝴蝶分飛,鳥語聲聲…
祝你天堂路上平安,一路走好。関遠寧"

This tribute was added by Kevin Duong on 20th March 2013

"I am shock and sadden by Huong sudden passing. She is good friend and very cheerful, she made us laugh and joy when ever we met. It is not the same with out her in our next re-union. May her rest in peace. We all miss you, Huong."

This tribute was added by Jhonny Du on 19th March 2013

"I am in shock and so deeply saddened by Huong's sudden passing.She was more than just my friend at school. From now on every reunion we have will not be the same without her. We will be missing one of our best friends. We all love you, and our prayers go out to Huong. God be with you and your family.""

This tribute was added by Cindy Rubalcaba Acosta on 19th March 2013

"I was so sad to hear the news of Charlene's passing, actually shocked. I can only imagine that the SCCOE will not be the same without Charlene. She always made time to ask about my life, no matter how much of hurry she was in. Everyone says the same thing, that she was just so caring to everyone. My heart and prayers go out to her family. The world has lost a very special lady."

This tribute was added by Phuoc Trang on 19th March 2013

"My wife and I were shock by Huong's passing. She dedicated her entire life to her family; and we believe her fulfillment is not completely yet.  But let her mind and soul in peace. She will be missed in our heart. Our class gathering would not be the same as last time. We miss you, 玉香. We send our deeply condolences to you and the family."

This tribute was added by Diane Perry on 19th March 2013

"I am so sorry to hear about Charlene. The best part of planning an event at the SCCOE was working with her. She truly loved her job. Everyone will miss her. My thoughts and prayers are with her family."

This tribute was added by Joe Fimiani on 19th March 2013

"Charlene touched so many lives at the COE with grace and warmth, including mine, from dawn and before until dusk and beyond every day.
Her love for us was real.  Our love for her is eternal."

This tribute was added by Minh Luong on 19th March 2013

"I'm truly sadden by Huong sudden passing. She was more than just my middle school classmate, she was an amazing friend. She loved her classmates & friends, specially her family. She made us laugh and brought us joy at every gathering. Our next re-union wouldn't be the same without her and she will be missed from all of us. Huong's memory will always remain deep within my heart."

This tribute was added by carol supler on 19th March 2013

"I was so shocked and saddened to hear of Charlene's passing. It was much too soon. I think that everyone has special memories of her that we will always keep in our hearts. We were blessed to have known her."

This tribute was added by Diana Paradise on 19th March 2013

"The heart of SCCOE is broken with Charlene's death. Indeed, Charlene was the very touchstone and heart of this community. Always accessible, authentic, kind, and caring, Charlene made time to chat with everyone, sharing about family, work, life's trials, tribulations, & celebrations. May she rest in peace. We love you, Charlene. God be with you and your family."

This tribute was added by Andrea Lichter on 19th March 2013

"I am very saddened by the passing of Charlene.  It is hard to imagine her not here at the COE running around to ensure that everyone has been helped.  She was so hard-working and cared deeply about people and always stopped to talk with you to find out how you were doing.  We will miss her.  In deepest sympathy to her family and friends."

This tribute was added by Vinh Tran on 19th March 2013

""I can't believed this is a true story. I am crying when this news came to me, I lost a good friend who I have known for many years. She will aways in my heart""

This tribute was added by gloria villarreal on 19th March 2013

"So very saddened to hear of Charlene's passing. My heart aches for her dear family. Although I haven't work in the main office for several years, she ALWAYS took the time to ask about me and my son. We shared stories of our beautiful babies. I feel so blessed to have met her. My thanks to her family for sharing her with her COE family. <3"

This tribute was added by Josephine Dy-Liacco on 19th March 2013

"My sincere thoughts and prayers go out to Charlene's family and friends.  She was a joy to work with and she will truly be missed."

This tribute was added by Veronica Contreras on 19th March 2013

"I am deeply saddened by the passing of Charlene.  She was such a force at the SCCOE - always givingher best both as a co-worker & friend.  I'll miss our conversations about our families, sharing recipes & just her genuine goodness to always help.  God's blessings of comfort & peace to you and your family."

This tribute was added by Jane Jo on 19th March 2013

"We are so saddened with heavy hearts to have just lost a dear friend, a wonderful woman with a big heart and a contagious smile. There aren't enough words to express our sorrow and how deeply we feel of such loss. Charlene, you will forever be missed. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Lee, Dylan, her daughters and family. May her memories and legacy live on.  ~Janelle and Jovert~"

This tribute was added by Brenda Stewart on 19th March 2013

"Charlene had an amazing glow about her. She cared for so many and always tried to please everyone. She carried her burdens with strength and always smiled thru her trials. She was an anchor for many of us at the COE and i know she will be missed by her family and friends. It was a blessing to be part of her world."

This tribute was added by lonni gause on 19th March 2013

"Such a loss! Charlene was not only a caring person but such a hard worker! Two Saturdays ago we were working on a huge conference at the SCCOE when one of the attendees said she loved coming to the conference because of the food. Charlene said, "I wish she would comment on the conference not the food, a lot of work was put into this event." She was always so humble and will truly be missed"

This tribute was added by Mai Banh on 19th March 2013

"It's a shock to me when receivced an email of " 玉香passed away today...", and I cannot possibly imagine the shock and sorrow that has been thrust on 玉香 family as well.  I belive that Huong will live forever in our heart. She always had smiles and till has smiles with our love for her."

This tribute was added by Nan Harn on 19th March 2013

""The life I touch for good or ill, will touch another life, and that in turn another, until who knows where the trembling stops or in what far place my touch will be felt." - Frederick Buchner

Charlene joyously infused us all with her goodness; her zest for life and family will ever be cherished."

This tribute was added by Karen Donoho on 19th March 2013

"I am so saddened by Charlene's passing. I pray her family finds comfort knowing Charlene was loved and appreciated by so many people. She will never be forgotten. Our world has lost a beautiful lady, and heaven has gained a new angel."

This tribute was added by Xuan-Tuyet Nguyen on 19th March 2013

"I am still in shock.  Charlene was such a lovely person, so active and vibrant, which makes it even harder to comprehend her passing. Our last conversation will ever be cherished .  My heart goes out to Charlene's family. She will ever be missed."

This tribute was added by Laurie Book on 19th March 2013

"This past Friday, I was going to share some news with Charlene regarding a 'Culinary' job that my partner was working at. Mark met Charlene about 6 months ago and he would often stop by to talk with her to exchange reciepes etc. Charlene was engaged in conversation with someone so I decided I would wait and catch her this week. So sorry I missed her. Love, light & blessings to the family."

This tribute was added by Kathy Romero on 19th March 2013

"There are no words to describe the loss of Charlene. Her smile and generosity wil be deeply missed. May the Good Lord support and comfort us in our loss of this amazing woman.  My prayers go out to her family and friends."

This tribute was added by Padma Ramnath on 19th March 2013

"It's such a great shock to hear about Charlene's passing. She was such a wonderful person and truly cared for our students with special needs. She was always full of vitality and cheer. Charlene,your loss is irreplaceable. May the Almighty give your family the strength to tide over this tragedy."

This tribute was added by Janice Miguel on 19th March 2013

"I was truly shocked at the news of Charlene passing.  I will always cherish my many conversations about our children and grandchildren.  She always took the extra time to visit and share life. You will be missed by all that had the pleasure of knowing you.  My thoughts and prayers reach out to the family.  Love and miss you today and always."

This tribute was added by Gloria Rios on 19th March 2013

"Just a quiet word to extend my deepest sympathy to SCCOE and Charlene's family.  Your great loss has saddened us all at Northern Section CASBO deeply.  We share in your personal grief as we have lost a most beautiful, caring and loving person who always made people feel important.  She will be remember  & missed by all who knew her."

This tribute was added by Natalie Chavez on 19th March 2013

"I can't imagine my workplace without you, Charlene. I remember my first day at work, being a bit nervous and going down to the cafeteria and meeting you. I instantly felt relief knowing that you would be here everyday.You will be missed everyday by so many of us. I dare say, all of us. Thank you for making me feel welcome. I will miss our conversations, and your smile. <3 <3 <3"

This tribute was added by Caroline Martin on 19th March 2013

"Smart and funny, full of life and creative ideas. Charlene was one of a kind.  "Sometimes when one person is missing the whole world seems depopulated"....(A. Lamartine)  Am feeling that way today, that the world is a little less whole with her gone. My thoughts to her family."

This tribute was added by Mary-Anne Bosward on 19th March 2013

"There are no words that can describe the loss that we feel at losing Charlene. She was always there, ready to help us in any way that she could. No matter how busy she was, she always made time to ask us how we were doing and take a few minutes to listen. She was one of those kind, gentle and truly beautiful people who made the world a bette place! With love and prayers to her family...."

This tribute was added by Michael Chang on 19th March 2013

"Although I have only met Charlene once, I could tell that she was a very special person.  My condolences to the family.  She will be missed."

This tribute was added by Vy Robles on 19th March 2013

"Charlene has touched so many people with her warm smile and beautiful heart. No matter how busy she was, she always made the time for her friends. She may not be here with us today, but her spirit and memory will live on forever. My heart goes out to Charlene's family during this difficult time. Love and miss you, Charlene."

This tribute was added by Riju Krishna on 18th March 2013

"Charlene's passing away was a complete shock. Whenever we would meet, we would chat about our Parents, and would share stories about our Families, recipes, and life. Charlene was an inspiration, and exuded warmth, love and compassion. Her Family was her life & breath. She took care of the minutest details and was a very thoughtful person. You will be missed girl !!! RIP Charlene...."

This tribute was added by leslie muniz on 18th March 2013

""I worked with Charlene at COE for many years. I used to Visit her and talk about life and loves, and we shared recipes ... She was a wonderful  woman and she will  be missed by friends and family.. Rest in Peace my Friend...Love Leslie""

This tribute was added by Geneva Dalton on 18th March 2013

"I am so sorry to hear this news I met Charlene at the SCCOE and she always had a smile on her face and was so friendly. She will be very missed by many. I send my condolences and prayers to her family during this time.
Rest In Heavan (R.I.H.)
Peace, Love and Blessings
Geneva & Family"

This tribute was added by Emily Kelley on 18th March 2013

"We are in shock and so deeply saddened by Charlene's sudden passing. She was so excited about Mike & May's engagement and our mutual family gatherings.  I smile when I think of her stories including one about 5 year old Dylan liking a new girl in his kindergarten class, but not having a thing to tell her about his teacher. Our deepest condolences.  (Mike's Mother)"

This tribute was added by dena lopez on 18th March 2013

"The deep felt sorrow my heart feels today and many days to come. Charlene you are a beautiful caring woman that cared for everyone. You will be deeply missed by all your friends and family here at the SCCOE. I can't fathom the thought of not seeing your smile in person only in memory. To her loved ones she sparkled when she spoke of you, her love for you was evident. God Bless You."

This tribute was added by blanca morales on 18th March 2013

""I am still weeping, my heart is very sad.  The world need more Charlenes!  Such a loss to all of us, COE, and her love ones.  I just can't imagine not seeing her beautiful smile and receiving her loving hugs. I admired and appreciated her tremendously.  To her love ones, know that she lived for you, and what joy on her face when she spoke of her family." In my prayers. God Bless."

This tribute was added by Cathy DiBenedetto on 18th March 2013

"There are no words to describe the loss Charlene's friends and family at the County Office are feeling. Everyone knew of the devotion and passion she had for her job and her family, always asking, "How are you doing?" when ever she saw you. My favorite image is her smile, especially when she spoke of her children. A amazing energy, an unbelievable loss. Prayers and peace to her family."

This tribute was added by Sheila Lopez on 18th March 2013

"I can’t believe the sadness that the sudden death of Charlene has brought to the Santa Clara County Office of Education. Today, the office was quiet; you could sense the sadness we were all feeing throughout the many department of the SCCOE. I will always remember Charlene as the beautiful, energetic, caring lady she was. My heart and prayers are with the family in these difficult moments."

This tribute was added by Kelly Calhoun on 18th March 2013

"I was just hugging Charlene last week, trying to help lift her spirits with caring for her beloved mother in this trying time.  She was as she always has been -- more concerned with those around her than herself, most of all her family, whom she adored.  Words can't describe the loss of the loving, caring, beautiful woman who was Charlene, and all she has meant to each of us."

This tribute was added by Shirley Robinson on 18th March 2013

"I am shocked and deeply saddened by Charlene's passing.    She was such a beautiful and loving person.  She always had time for everyone and did whatever she could to make life a better place. Her smile always lit up the room. She was the epitome of goodness, graciousness and love.  I will miss her dearly.  To her family, she spoke of you so often with such love.  My prayers are with you."

This tribute was added by Rosalie Hackett on 18th March 2013

"We all are in shock and mourning today.  I can't believe this has happened.  My heart goes out to the family.  We will never forget Charlene!  
I deeply admire her devotion to family and friends and her dedication to excellent service.  I appreciate her delicious food and beautiful presentation.  But most of all, her love of people and joy in life shine through!"

This tribute was added by Peggy Stull on 18th March 2013

"Charlene was such an integral part of many peoples' lives. She touched so many, made us laugh, comforted us when we cried. She was a friend, but she was a wife, mother, daughter, and sister first. Her devotion, and what gave her the most joy, was her family. She glowed when talking about her family, and loved telling us Dylan's latest adventures. She will me missed by many."

This tribute was added by Lisa Ketchum on 18th March 2013

"What a bright shining star! She could make you laugh and smile just by being near you, such a kind and gentle soul. Her SCCOE family loves her and nothing will be the same without her. To her family, she was such a hard worker – spending so many hours here. Know that she always spoke of you. You were her world!"

This tribute was added by Dollie Forney on 18th March 2013

"I am deeply saddened by the news of Charlene's passing. I admired her friendship, beauty, talent and goodness and I feel a great loss. May her dearest family and friends be comforted by her legacy of beauty and goodness. She will be so greatly missed."

This tribute was added by Armida Alvarez on 18th March 2013

"I am at a total loss of her sudden passing.  She will be truly missed here at SCCOE.  We shared many talks about work, family and life in general.  Her family was her driving force and tending to her ailing mother was also what kept her going.  My prayers and thoughts go out to Charlene's family.  Miss you!"


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