2013-12-07 20.06.08
Sacha Marie Enyeart
  • 45 years old
  • Date of birth: Oct 18, 1968
  • Place of birth:
    Lawrence, Kansas, United States
  • Date of passing: Dec 3, 2013
  • Place of passing:
    Dallas, Texas, United States
Our Uncompromising Mother, Daughter, Sister, Friend and Wife

This memorial website was created in memory of our loved one, Sacha Enyeart, 45, born on October 18, 1968 and passed away on December 3, 2013.

Sacha was loved by many for her passionate care of those in need, vigilant motherhood, intensity of spirit, vigor of dialogue, and completeness of friendship.  She is survived by her 4 daughters, Senna, Mila, Lyra, Nola, son Ren, husband David Tomizuka, sisters Megan Malone and Mara Weisenberger, mother Roxanne Malone and father James Enyeart in addition to hundreds of friends and acquiantances whose lives she touched in her unique way.  She lived a full life measured not in years but in the gifts she left behind and the energy expended advocating for what she believed in.  She will be missed on Earth, loved in Heaven, and live on forever in all of our hearts.

A memorial service will be held on January 18th, 2014 at 11am at St. Pius X Catholic Church in Tucson, Arizona.  

Memorial Tributes
This tribute was added by Joan Liautaud on 3rd December 2017

"Thinking about you today Sasch. As life goes on, I often wonder how you would feel and think about things. Where you would be. It's messy and interesting here. You would have a lot to say and contribute, as always. I miss you and love you.

Joan - girls I lived with your mom all four years in college!"

This tribute was added by Rachael Gerbic on 3rd December 2017

"Sacha, you are missed my friend. I always looked forward to your beautiful holiday cards each year, with all the adorable little smiling faces on them that looked just like you!
Thinking of you,
Love, Rachael"

This tribute was added by Marisa Huckin on 18th October 2017

"Happy Birthday Sacha! I think of you often. At the studio there is an advertisement that features the twins when they were tiny. I know you adored all of those photos. You are missed!

This tribute was added by anne apra on 18th October 2017

"Happy Birthday, beautiful Cha-Cha!!

I still think of you overtime I see an elephant (-and was one of the last birthday presents I gave you so long ago....) which was actually TODAY!
Miss your sweet face & infectious laugh!"

This tribute was added by Rachael Gerbic on 18th October 2017

"Dear Sacha,
I love and miss you dear friend. I want you to know that you were appreciated in life, for your unique outlook on things, your cool low voice and laugh, and just for being so authentically YOU!
I'm thinking of you today and the beautiful family you created.
with love, Rachael Gerbic
(for the kids: I was one of Sacha's college roommates in SD)"

This tribute was added by nola tomizuka on 18th October 2017

"Hi mom,
   Happy birthday! I miss you so, so, so much. Today all of the 5th graders have to take the G.A.T.E. test to get in for middle school gate. Luckily, I don't have to take it because I already qualify for middle school G.A.T.E. Once again, I miss you lot, and have a great birthday.


This tribute was added by Cindy Thota on 18th October 2017

"Happy Birthday friend.  I really miss your energy."

This tribute was added by Lisa Maria Schmidt on 18th October 2017

"Happy Birthday Sacha!

Your spirit lives on in our hearts! My prayers of serenity & peace to your babies is constant.

Lisa Maria Estrella-Schmidt"

This tribute was added by Kelli Sullivan Liautaud on 5th August 2017

"Hey girl, I've missed you, but you already know that. Help me out and give me some angel love now. I know you'd be proud of me. I love you. I was in Ireland recently. I have something special to give Nola.  I love you and wish you were still here."

This tribute was added by nola tomizuka on 9th March 2017

"Hi mom,
I miss you so much. Today was track and field day! I was so excited to do it, but I think I pulled a muscle playing soccer, so i could only do the softball through. Luckily I am an alternative. I'm so glad that I am able to right to you!

This tribute was added by anne apra on 3rd December 2016

"I can't believe it's already been three years…I miss laughing with you!  I love looking at the photos of your beautiful children-I see so much of you in them. You always were an inspiration, and still are to me.  I know that you're watching over us all."

This tribute was added by Danette La Costa on 3rd December 2016

You were one of the most dynamic women I have ever met.  Although you have left this earth, you still inspire me on so many levels.
Love you and miss you.

This tribute was added by megan malone on 3rd December 2016

"Love and miss you!!"

This tribute was added by Theresa Marquart on 18th October 2016

"Happy Birthday!  You will be missed at our 30 year high school reunion this weekend.  Prayers for your beautiful family."

This tribute was added by anne apra on 18th October 2016

"Happy birthday, Cha Cha!!"

This tribute was added by Cindy Thota on 18th October 2016

"I miss you.  More each day."

This tribute was added by David Tomizuka on 18th October 2016

"Happy Birthday Sacha!  So that you are aware, the children are going to celebrate with a treat tonight.  Something not so healthy, sorry about that -- I won't be with them due to work, but I'll make sure they sing happy birthday in your honor! Love, Dave"

This tribute was added by Marisa Huckin on 27th August 2016

Hunter and I were at the studio today for the Holiday show auditions and it made me think of the fun we had at the Highland Park Village show when Nola, Lyra, and Hunter were little bitty. I found a picture from that day and the girls are so tiny!
You are missed my friend!

This tribute was added by kirsten fasching on 17th August 2016

"Hi Sacha,
I've been at the ranch this week...first time in 31 years...didn't think I'd ever come back. Virtually every memory I have of this place has you in it. My heart hurts. I miss you."

This tribute was added by megan malone on 12th December 2015

I miss you every day. We used to talk several times a week, and I'm still not used to missing those calls. Honestly, they were not always great calls but I would take any one of those calls today, if I had the option. I did not have the courage to write on the 3rd but you and I had a very private conversation on that day. I miss you every day. I want to be there for everyone who misses you too, but there are many!! For 42 years of my 44 you were there in the flesh, just getting used to you being there in another way. Love, love you. I am sure you're so proud of your children, as you always have been. They are remarkable, and you have clearly left your mark. Wish you were here to give me the advice you always would, even when I did not ask for it! You NEVER judged. Ever. Miss you something big. Love, Meg"

This tribute was added by anne apra on 3rd December 2015

"Hi, Cha Cha!  
I love watching the streaming photo album of you, your beautiful family, and a full life...  Makes me want to dig thru my photo albums to find some of our wonderful times together to share.  (Back in the day before our phones became our albums). Remember when you got "the Rachel" haircut?  You were gorgeous!  I will find that photo somewhere and post it.

I remember our times visiting Aunt Betty--what a sweet and gentle soul.  I hope you are with her watching over your family together...  We miss you and your beaming smile!"

This tribute was added by David Tomizuka on 3rd December 2015

"Good morning, Sacha!

I miss you very much, and as you always saw the world in ways different than the rest of us conventional folk, you'd appreciate that this morning by gosh I was awoken from a dream in which you called me on the phone.  The world does work in mysterious ways.  I don't remember what you called about, but I remember vividly that you were as clear and calm as ever.  I said back to you, "It is REALLY nice to hear your voice."  In my dream it was such a pure feeling, one of missing, longing and love.

The night I learned of your passing is still the most awful experience I've ever had, followed only with having the responsibility to tell our amazing children that you had left the earth.  But, as you can tell from Mila's note below we are in recovery and doing well considering it all.  And, you are forever in our hearts, no matter what.

I love you!


This tribute was added by Mila Enyeart Tomizuka on 3rd December 2015

"Hi Mom,
So, 2 years ago today you left. I have a lot to say, so sorry if it's all jumbled.
I'll start with small things. Ummm, I really need your help in Algebra 1 right now. You helped me with math a lot, so I'm going to assume you can do systems of equations word problems well. I have an 89 in math, but an A in every other class! I know you'd tell me that it was okay, and if I really wanted that A (even though I didn't need it) then I would have to do all the extra credit and study hard and you would help me do that. I have become really focused on my grades, but not always in a good way. I cry sometimes on tests when I get frustrated, and even sometimes on homework. I wish I didn't care so much, but I do. (Wonder who I got that from)
Next thing, umm, science fair. Argh, my project is so bad. It's a social experiment, which isn't real science But I couldn't find an interesting project that I liked, so I had to do this one. Nicole is decomposing plastic! (Nicole, by the way, is one of my best friends at school, but she is better than me at everything except language arts, and there is always a little bit of uncomfortable air between us.) I know if you were here, you would search hard with me to find a good one, but you wouldn't do the project for me because as you've said, parents who do their kids work for them are blocking their kids from learning. But, you would help me if I got frustrated and you would calm me down, as you were always really good at that.
Also, a bit about school, I write my name as Mila E. Tomizuka, and almost everytime I do, I think of you and how you told us to always put an E because it's not all about the fathers name and you should honor this side of the family too.
Next, I really think you would like my friend Mia. First things first, we have the same exact initials, which is really cool. She is probably my closest friend, and she is the only one of my friends who I can really talk to, and she knows that you're gone. I can just talk to her about you like its no big deal, which is nice because she doesn't treat like I'm fragile.
I also think you'd like Dads girlfriend, Adriane, if she wasn't dating him. She doesn't act like she's our mother, but she also cares about us a lot, and Dad is really happy. She also has a daughter named Lucy, who is one of my best friends. I really like Adriane, too. You guys are a lot alike.
Guess what? Donald Trumpbis running for president and it's hilarious because he just keeps making a fool of himself. There's also a retired neurosurgeon who says that the Egyptian pyramids were built by Joseph to hold wheat. But, I'm all for Bernie Sanders, and I think you would be too.
Also, I have this teacher named Ms. Cannon. She is US History, and Senna had her too. The thing is, Senna hated Ms. Cannon, and from what Senna has told me, Ms. Cannon didn't like her and wasn't a very good teacher. I, on the other hand, really like Ms. Cannon. I think that she is a good teacher and is really cool.
See? This is why I wish you hadn't left, because now I have to sprawl out all my thoughts in a huge mess that other people who visit your page may get annoyed at. I don't blame, hate, or resent you at all, I just wish you hadn't left. My life would be a whole lot better, and I just miss you like there is a hole in my heart that can't ever really be filled, but it gets smaller when I talk to you like this. I love you infinity and beyond!


PS do you know the show Grey's Anatomy? Well, I'm obsessed now.❤"

This tribute was added by Kelli Sullivan Liautaud on 24th October 2015

"I miss you, lovey. I've gone and fallen in love with a great man. I wish you could meet him. xoxo"

This tribute was added by David Tomizuka on 19th October 2015

"My dear Sacha, we all sang Happy Birthday to you tonight and warm feelings coursed through us as we did.  We miss so much in both expected and unexpected ways.... My personal favorite unexpected memory of today was what you used to call a banana.... So hilarious and just a tad off color I can't mention it here.  Anyway, all is well with your family, so much love to go around with these five utterly amazingly children of ours.   They are your most amazing gift!"

This tribute was added by stacy clark on 18th October 2015

"Happy Birthday, Sacha! You meant so much to me as a parent in my class! You always "got" the important stuff and let go of the superfluous...your forward-leaning, progressive views on the world recharged this Brooklyn-born New Yorker and your vision inspired your girls to be the amazing young women they are...how much you have to be proud of! I wish you were here to toast your very special day. Lots of love to you and your wonderful family. Stacy"

This tribute was added by Jill Pruet on 18th October 2015


You were on my heart today more than ever. Not a day goes by that I do not think of you! Sunflowers hold a special meaning in my heart after meeting you! Tonight I walked through a field of sunflowers and was reminded of their beauty and the beauty you shed on this world. Everyday I pray for your sweet kiddos and for peace in their life! I know you are looking down on them! In the short time I knew you, you taught me more about unconditional love and motherhood than you will ever know! To this day I still use lanoline on my dry cracked fingers in the winter!

I miss you dearly!


This tribute was added by Anne Manka on 18th October 2015

"Not a day goes by that I don't think of you.  I love you and miss you my friend. Happy Birthday!!"

This tribute was added by anne apra on 18th October 2015

"Happy birthday, Cha-Cha! Thinking of you today, dear friend… I remember how much you loved elephants, and so any gift I would give you had to reflect them. We miss you!"

This tribute was added by Rachael Gerbic on 18th October 2015

"Happy Birthday dear Sacha,
I'm so happy and honored to have crossed paths with you in this life.  Much love to your beautiful family-Rachael"

This tribute was added by Kim Riordan on 18th April 2015


You were on my mind today, so I looked you up on Facebook and learned the incredibly sad news. You were (and still are) such a beautiful, brilliant, loving spirit in this world, and such a force of nature! I will miss you very much. You touched so many lives, and are dearly missed.

We had many great adventures as next door neighbors in Atwater Village. Being so big hearted and welcoming, you invited me to a home cooked dinner, my very first night in "the hood." That sealed our friendship.

A few months later you began your courtship with David. We shared lots of girl talk about the developments. Later I attended your amazing wedding in Tucson (and had fun collaborating with you on your wedding invite). Next came the birth of Senna and so many more exciting changes, which led to your move back to Tucson, and then on to Texas.

Time passed. We exchanged Christmas cards, and spoke less frequently as our lives became more hectic. Even though we weren't in touch much in recent years, you have remained one of my treasured friends.

Sending much love to you and to your family. Being such an evolved soul, I'm sure you are in a wonderful place. Wishing you much happiness and serenity.


This tribute was added by jacqueline porter on 5th December 2014


You incredible woman and spirit, I miss you - but I feel you!  I think of you daily as I go through life. I cannot walk into my office that you helped organize without thinking of you (love the receipt envelope tacked to the cork board - will never ever remove it though will I use it? I promise I will in 2015) ... nor eat quinoa (which is often thanks to you and I cannot believe I lived without it), nor pass the Cosmic Cafe where we ate two nights before you left this earth and you looked so incredibly healthy and beautiful and young in that amazing outfit ... nor see a great pair of jeans and boots or funky top ... or a great pair of in-shape toned arms on a 40+ woman ... nor have my daily probiotics (prescribed by you of course and I admit to often forgetting!) without thinking of you.  And your way with a brush, hairspray and two heads of hair was unmatchable while bouncing a baby boy and conversing with four girls at once while doing twin ballet buns. But, you are so strong and expressive that I feel you Sacha, and I know your family does too.

I hope you are happy and I am so looking forward to seeing your family again one day soon!  Your legacy will live on for generations of strong, artistic individuals beginning with the 5 you created personally and their children and theirs!  Just one request: please beam me some inspiration regarding your apple-walnut-tuna-red grapes-celery and very light mayo salad ... what am I missing? Quinoa???

Love you forever!!!


This tribute was added by Theresa Marquart on 4th December 2014

"Dear Dave and family,
You all continue to be in my prayers.  I can only imagine how much you miss Sacha, but her spirit and memory live on in each of you.  She now watches you from above.  Continue to love each other and keep her memory alive.  God bless.

Theresa (Mansour) Marquart"

This tribute was added by Paul Winters on 3rd December 2014

"Dear Dave and Family,

We have thought of you and Sacha often this past year.  We can only imagine how much you miss Sacha, but we continue to believe that she watches over you and loves you every moment of the day. You all remain in our prayers and we wish you the peace and love of the holiday season.

Paul, Kathy, and Family"

This tribute was added by stacy clark on 3rd December 2014

"Hi Lyra, Nola & David,

I love coming here to see you and read about what you and your friends are feeling and sharing. You know how much I love Sacha and how close we were when you were at Westminster. You and she were bright lights in our school and in our lives. Sacha is simply an unforgettable friend because every time we were together, she made me laugh and smile. She always shared the most precious stories about you and loved you beyond bounds. Sacha is in my heart always and I treasure her friendship, humor, and candor. I love you and am thinking of you today as I so often do.  XOXOXOX"

This tribute was added by Senna Tomizuka on 3rd December 2014

"mom i miss you so much and i love you.

love lyra"

This tribute was added by Senna Tomizuka on 3rd December 2014


I can't believe it's already been a year since you left, because every time I see a picture of you or think about you, it feels like I'm in the car with Dad as he's telling me you've left all over again. Missing you is so hard, but at least I get to remember you for all that you gave me. I love you Mom!!!!


This tribute was added by Cindy Roll on 3rd December 2014


On this day and in the days to come, may you and your family continue to find peace in all of her wonderful memories. Her beautiful spirit will continue to live on and shine within those that she loved the most.

Prayers to you all-

This tribute was added by anne apra on 3rd December 2014

"ChaCha!  I loved whenever we called each other, the other would answer "I was just thinking about you!"  You were a very special, deeply compassionate friend who was fiercely loyal and supportive.  I wish we spent more time together...  I will be thinking of you today, my generous friend!"

This tribute was added by Michelle Law on 3rd December 2014


I have been thinking so much about you and your family in the days leading up to this... I wish I could have done more to help.  I wish there was a way I could have rescued you.  I miss your strong spirit which I know is still present in your five beautiful children.  Sending lots of love and prayers their way today and always. May you rest in eternal peace and love.  


This tribute was added by lucia ventura on 3rd December 2014

"In the day of your anniversary ,i remember you with love and prayer.
Rest in perfect peace."

This tribute was added by Heather Rechtermann on 3rd December 2014

"In the past year I thought of Sasha and her beautiful family so often and know they must miss her so deeply. I like to remember Sasha in her high school days so strong, confident and beautiful!  I hope that her children have found comfort in finding these traits within themselves and continue to hold onto the good memories. Sasha was special then and now. God bless to you all!"

This tribute was added by David Tomizuka on 2nd December 2014


I miss you so dearly.  As the 1st anniversary of your passing is upon us tomorrow, I just couldn't wait to let you know how much my love continues to grow for you as the time has passed, and how deeply my failures as your life partner have come into focus and how much I wished I could have done something, anything, to save you.

I wish I could hold you and kiss you and make all things better for you.  I long for you to have one last chance to hug and kiss your five amazing children.  I know you miss us all and that your spirit permeates everything we do.  You are in our daily lives and we refer to your beliefs and teachings frequently.  It's just calming to do so.  We love you.  We won't forget you.  You are still with us and you always will be.  Continue to rest in peace, my ChaCha.



This tribute was added by joan liautaud on 19th October 2014

"Happy birthday, Sascha."

This tribute was added by Cindy Thota on 18th October 2014

"Now I  know why I can't get you out of my head lately.  It's your birthday and I love and miss you.  I hope wherever you are you are safe and happy and loved.  Have a marga today!"

This tribute was added by David Tomizuka on 27th June 2014


Happy anniversary!  This past Tuesday was our 14th anniversary, and though I spent it alone, you were with me, I know it.  I was able to take some time and remember our past anniversaries, in particular our 5th in Phoenix, spent at the Royal Palms, and our 10th, spent in Mill Valley, CA.   These were precious moments, the best of our time together, as our anniversaries were when we appreciated our marriage, our love and our family (although on those days we "escaped" the kids!) and did so one-on-one, something we never did enough of.

I miss you dearly!



This tribute was added by joan liautaud on 21st June 2014

"I was thinking about you tonight. I miss you."

This tribute was added by Morris Enyeart on 17th April 2014


Years ago we conversed a few times and exchanged a few emails, but the content or those few communications left me with a deep respect for the person you became and the way in which you made a difference in people's lives. I know  you made a difference in mine when one time you told me how important it is to take at least one day a month for yourself. As a workaholic, I am frequently reminded of that conversation and your wisdom beyond your years. Whether I am in a mental drift moment at my desk or a brief physical escape from work to breath in the universe for myself, you are always there with me. Thank you.

Uncle Morris"

This tribute was added by Leslie Brell on 13th March 2014

"I met Sacha while she was in graduate school in Milwaukee and was immediately impressed by her - so smart, dedicated, worldly,  with a dry sense of humor and a beautiful smile.  I'll never forget our weekly dinners at Sacha and Deb's apartment on Wednesday nights (Sacha was a great cook!)  Sacha, Debra, Cindy and I had a lot of fun during that time and I met up with Sacha a few times while she was living in LA.  I was always impressed with her dedication to Aunt Betty and her determination in everything she did.

Today, I realized it had been a few years since we had been in touch and tried to look Sacha up on Facebook, only to find this.

My heart is broken - and my thoughts, love and prayers go out to her family.   I know you all meant so much to her and I hope your memories of good times spent together give you comfort during this difficult time.

Leslie Brell"

This tribute was added by David Tomizuka on 25th February 2014

"I was just thinking about you this morning and a very small thought came to mind about how to describe who you are, and perhaps a byline to your life...

"Tough chick, Soft heart"

Your tough exterior is an overcompensation for the immensely fragile interior you try to keep safe, and is why you've always taken any sniff of criticism so harshly.  I've never understood that my opinion matters to you, and that if my opinions are unfavorable, only now do I understand that it is unbearable for you.  If I never apologized for being harsh, I do so now.  I am sorry I didn't understand, and I want you to remember that I love you.  I always will."

This tribute was added by anne apra on 29th January 2014

"David:  Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your beautiful children.  I wish we had kept in touch more often these last years…  This amazing woman first came into my life in shortly after moving to San Diego.  She was my first real friend there--and I felt honored & priviledged that she chose ME.  Over the next decade, particularly after she moved to Los Angeles (to be near dear Aunt Betty), we spent much time together, laughing, hiking, cooking, chanting...  Heaven!  She generously offered to bake our wedding cake--any flavors we wanted!  It was the very best cake ever, and she vowed that it was her LAST because it was so much work. (See the photo posted) We were so honored. I treasure our memories together and regret not seeing her beautiful face more often after thier move out of state. We will miss her deeply, but are happy she has now found some peace..."

This tribute was added by Kelli Sullivan Liautaud on 21st January 2014

"“You Were Always There”
I find myself laughing in the joy of your paradox.
You have managed to obtain the reward of something you fought     so hard to avoid…
-center of attention – you never liked it, it was not you, but  allow me to focus on  our stories  told  so true.
Don’t roll over in heaven if I share, or if you do, forgive me because I love you and
You were there when we first met in college, drawn to each other & forced to acknowledge our similar beings:  thank God in His infinite knowledge:  he gave us both built-in BS detectors;
Shared ciggies, hesher reunion, convos of boys - whether lame or hot, being misunderstood by sorority-type girls thinking they were superior.  But ,Not!
God put us together, bonding forever, every one of us in this spot. Because
We talked about it all and more (it wasn’t always G rated)…We ended up bonding for life, a friendship that never faded.  
Never about you, always wanting to connect with the humanity in us on some deep level,
And when you did: the world was meaningful, and real, and  for a some of us,  even monumental . Because
After college you went away for graduate study to the cold winter chill of Milwaukee while I walked down the aisle of matrimony.
I know you hated the floral print bride’s maid dress I made you wear, you couldn’t bear
I loved how you told me, Cut to the chase: with your words, with your family, with your friends, with anyone who mattered, it was how you would share. And again,
Just before my first child was born you flew out during winter vacation, deciding it would be your  job to document this monumentus occasion.
And like everything you did you always gave 200%, snapping pictures like a fashionista photographer at a runway event,  
You in the delivery room, camera in hand, every imaginable angle of birthing action by me, girl, I don’t need to tell you there were some pictures I just did NOT need to see. And even then,
Time progressed, talks on the phone  -  I making dinner strapped to a different crying child sharing the woes and joys of family life, you sharing your studies, frustrations, and strife.
A constant about you Sacha, throughout  our relationship and to the end, I could tell you anything, share my darkest secrets; you listened, understood and kept them safe because you were my dearest friend. And I know
You moved to LA attempting a  Phd giving care to your sweet Aunt Betty. Proximity allowed a deeper understanding of friendship for us, but also gave us moments when you were rather demanding ,       And let’s face it, girl, sometimes you drove me nuts.
Undying devotion you gave to your elder,  No one on Earth could have done it better than you. Fortunate and blessed I will feel if my own children give me just half the love and care you shared with her, so true.
You were just that good. The thing about  you, Sacha, was, if you were gonna to do something, you were gonna  to do it better than anyone else could. She knew
You threw yourself into everything you attempted. Remember the days of the phase of your body building craze:  lean muscles added to your intellect and beautiful smile made it easy to catch so many gorgeous “fish”, if you get my drift.
One such specimen in particular carried a name as beautiful as his face Sergio, Oh, poor souls who made the mistake of  calling him Sergio, such was that debase.
To them a short lecture you would launch very deliberate, regarding the appropriate pronunciation of Latin American names &  unacceptable misnomers used be the less culturally literate. I received it because
It is true you were  tuff, you took no crap, no compromise and if someone was foolish enough to think otherwise, well a verbal exchange would ensue from you,  much to their surprise .
I could give the example of the Vegas bachelor party, sharing a single hotel room, you and I, with four other girls (sorority-type), their reaction to your Buddhist chanting, such hype, in the middle of the night, and your response to set them straight and right with all your might. But I won’t dare to share, don’t want you to roll over in heaven, so I’m gonna keep that secret tight.
I loved your strength in those days, I always knew you’d have my back. Hell, you know together we would never lack the ability to take down anyone in an attack.
And inner strength as well, such strong conviction, Countless times I confided to you and you let me have it, telling me your position and pulling me back with logical diction, yet you always managed to convey that you still loved me in any condition… I know
And just like Aunt Betty you took care of your friends too, genius in the kitchen through and through, pampering us with special dinners made exclusively by you.
You enjoyed sharing your culinary talents and intellectual banter, a room filled with a cacophony of our words, providing us with special time to get away from the mundane tasks of our own little worlds.
I didn’t learn much in the kitchen growing up, but most of what I know today came from you showing me what to do, just us two, side by side with spices I had no clue. What I wouldn’t give to have you back tonight  and make dinner with you.  
You called me one day on the phone in a very serious tone, I needed to meet Dave; it could not be postponed.  It was then I knew it was something important, and so extreme, Sacha you rarely confided in others, and you know what I mean.
A special time that was, a whirlwind of romance and love abetting.  In karmic retribution for my floral print dresses you insisted I drive 8 month pregnant  across two states and get there alive to be in your wedding .  And I was proud to be there for you, it’s true.
Lucky enough to be in the room when your first-born came too. Senna, I watched your mom walk through her entire labor like a caged tiger and then deliver you like it was easiest, but most important thing she was put on this Earth to do.  Don’t you all ever forget she loved motherhood through and through.
True to your form bucking the norm, you went full steam ahead to the tune of five of the most beautiful children I have ever been blessed to see. Anyone who saw you and your commitment to your children knew they were your very heart and soul, even when life began to take its toll.  And we knew
So many poignant moments between these few I have shared with you, we had. Memories I cannot bare to let go of, both precious and painful, happy and sad.
In the last month of your life you allowed our relationship to change, rearrange, reaching out to me more than you had ever before.
To your children I say today, never forget her infinite love as she most surely looks down on you watching you from above. Infinite love because
Sasha was who she was and we all are who we are, and that is nothing short of human.  She just wanted to be a superhero in a world filled with flaws where no man or woman can withstand a perfection ideal so grand.
I thank you so much, dear Sacha, for being my friend until the bitter end, God help my heart mend;  I will always honor your love, integrity, conviction, intelligent wit, firey grit, I will never forget.

This tribute was added by Leslie McCall on 11th January 2014

"Dear Dave,
We just learned of Sacha's death and our hearts ache for you and your beautiful children. As neighbors, we loved getting to know the girls and participating in Mila's "grand friends day" at UP elementary! We loved bringing them cookies on their birthdays and listening to their giggles while running about in the yard. We have missed them and Ren. Please give them hugs from Leslie and Mr. Rick and a special hug to you. We will keep you in our thoughts and prayers. Leslie and Rick McCall, Dallas"

This tribute was added by Cindy Thota on 9th January 2014

"Today friend I am going through pictures from our college days at Marquette here in Milwaukee through our 25 year journey. What a ride we have had.  From all the New Year's Eve spent with Great Aunt Betty at the nursing home.  Boy could those Grandpa's dance... to all the trip we have taken together.  Girls and Ren I have had the best memories and friendship from your Mom for a lifetime of happiness. She learned how to be a Packers fan from me!! We took trips to New Orleans, California, Wisconsin, Tuscan and florida together just to name a few.  We danced on bars and laughed until we could not stand up!! We planned our futures and dreamed about what it would be like to be Mothers.  I think we loved you then even before you were born.  We would plan what our wedding would look like way before we knew who Prince Charming was going to be!! Lots of girls talk. In Fact Girl talk from 1989 until now. Your mother was simply stunning on the day she married your father and I could not of been more happy for the two of them.  I was so happy she asked me to stand up in their wedding.  In return your mother was a Bridesmaid in my wedding too.  What a day that was. To forgetting to buy nylons(that is when we still wore them way back) and your mother tearing through the store in her dress with the Limo out front waiting for her!! I have the pictures to prove it.. to the wonderful toast she said for me on my special day. What memories… I remember her little garden apartment in Brentwood Cal.  She had the biggest cat know to man Pokey what a funny guy.  I was so proud of her.  She taught me how to drive stick shift in the little red beater car.  What an adventure that was. She would come and visit me here in Wisconsin and go fishing with my Dad!! Always catching the bigger fish.
She also taught me the importance of taking care of family by the way she cared for Great Aunt Betty.  Betty had such spunk.  I think that is where your mother got it form. She also tried to teach me to cook healthy!! I still am no good at it.  She could make anything and it would be delicious. I have made a packet of pictures for you all to give to you at the service.  Any time you need me or my wonderful memories of your mother Please call.  Your Dad can always get a hold of me and I would love to share them all with you.  We could spend days laughing about how silly your mom was.  I love your mother and will cherish her forever.  Love Cindy"

This tribute was added by Lisa Maria Schmidt on 6th January 2014

"Her spirit, her smile, her warmth... she was genuine. She was that high school friend that could make you laugh on the worst day of your life. I can't imagine the heartbreak of losing a child, a spouse, a sister, or a mom so my words are simple but I hope you all find comfort in knowing that Sacha's spirit lives on forever in our memories and hearts.
~Scott and Lisa (Estrella) Schmidt"

This tribute was added by John Flores on 2nd January 2014


My condolences to you and your beautiful family. Sacha will be deeply missed. May she shine in heaven as she did on earth."

This tribute was added by Angelo Barco on 2nd January 2014

"i am so sorry, me also lost  a beautiful daugther at the age of 33."

This tribute was added by Kelli Sullivan Liautaud on 31st December 2013

"I'm thinking of you tonight again, my friend. I sometimes can't stand getting used to the fact I just can't call you."

This tribute was added by joan liautaud on 28th December 2013


I don't know where to start remembering you. You were my dear friend and college roommate. We shared a room and a bed! You had our room blessed by Buddhists early one morning and pulled me out of bed so they could complete the blessing(I was pissed!). You brought me with you as you ministered to your boss, John, as he was dying of AIDS. You took such good care of him, Betty, and so many others. I remember visiting with you while you were at USC and in Milwaukee. Life was hard, i knew it and it made me sad. I knew you were lonely and your interest in  developing rich relationships with new neighbors, professors and ideas comforted me. Your devotion to everything you touched was overwhelming. This too, is overwhelming. I wept when I read Dave's first tribute to you. It was so honest and stated so simply. And Sacha, my friend, you were never simple. This was one of the many traits that attracted me to you. As your friend, I always wanted to give you more than you were willing to receive. This was painful for me and I also knew it was painful for you.

I knew you more as a friend than a mother. I have no doubt that you loved your children deeply and with a conviction that I cannot imagine. This was who you were and how you lived. Sacha, I also know your children will yearn for you and my heart breaks for them, and for Dave.

I am grateful for you. Thank you for decorating my life. I love you, Sacha, I miss you and I hope you are finally resting in peace my dear friend."

This tribute was added by Michelle Law on 26th December 2013

"Sacha,  You and your family are in my heart tonight. After I kissed my kids and tucked them in, I thought of you and your children on this night. So I took a little walk down towards your old house and looked up at the stars and talked to you. Sacha, I wish I could have done more to help. Im so sorry I didn't know how. I will light the candle you chose for me so many Christmases ago and hope that you know that I truly did care for you and your family more than you knew.  I am still here for your children and Dave if there is anything I can ever do from afar.  Merry Christmas, may you sleep in heavenly peace."

This tribute was added by David Tomizuka on 23rd December 2013


I've cried every day since you passed away and the pain seems to be changing every day, just like you were always changing, trying to find better ways to do things or new ways of challenging yourself and others around you.  I always loved that about you.

Many nights I cannot sleep well and one night recently I woke up and thought you were next to me. Some nights I talk to you and other nights I see you in our children's faces, longing for you to come back.  It is unsettling, yet, at the same time you seem to be everywhere now in ways that you were not when here on Earth, and in that I find comfort.

All of the warm and loving words that have been expressed by all of your friends and family have made it all the more obvious what a wonderful person you are and the power of the influence you still have on all of us.  I think somehow you knew that when you finally left us you would find the love that sometimes you worried was incomplete.

Well, let the words from all of us be the testament to that love and let our feelings be the evidence of its strength.



This tribute was added by Rene Guerrero on 23rd December 2013

"Sacha, I don't know how to say everything that's bouncing around in my head, so bear with me...

I met you when you and your family first moved to Dallas. Your best friend Kelly was dating my friend Gary in Cali and they called to see if I wouldn't mind introducing myself to you since I lived close by in Highland Park and you didn't have many friends in the city. When I met you and the girls i immediately fell in love with all of you. I really enjoyed coming over for dinner to visit and play video games with kids. I only met David in passing and now, in retrospect, I regret never getting to know him better. But now I understand why things happened the way they did...

I wish I had kept in touch when you and the kids moved back to Dallas earlier this year. I can't help but think, had I been more available, perhaps I could have been a closer friend and could have helped you through whatever darkness overcame you. This will remain a deep regret in my heart for the rest of my life...

I remember you always pushed me to finish my novel. Now, thanks to you and the support of others like you, my book is completed and I am seeking an agent to help me secure publishing. Because of the lasting impression you made on me I am dedicating WHITE ROCK to you and the girls. It is about a relationship between family members that endures even after death and across time and space. I hope one day you'll look down and actually see it in print and be happy.

I miss your crass humor, your intelligent banter, your eccentric views, and your wonderful children more than I can say. And even though i'm in Texas, if David ever needs help or if Senna and Mila ever need anything at all i pray they don't hesitate to contact me. They will forever be in my heart.

You are the sister i never had. And you will always be in my thoughts.

Rest, finally, in peace...

J Rene Guerrero"

This tribute was added by anne ward-bullock on 19th December 2013

"David and Family-
My heart broke for you all when I learned of Sacha's passing. I wondered to myself - how could this be? It's been since high school that I've seen either one of you - and have learned so much about you and your beautiful family just now.
All I can say is may you and your family somehow find comfort in Sacha's memories for those will be with you forever.
May she rest in peace knowing all your family and friends are gathered around you today and for the rest of time.
Warm regards
Anne Ward-Bullock"

This tribute was added by stephanie myrda on 18th December 2013

High school was long ago but will always remember.You always cracked a smile and were always kind whether you were their friend or just a classmate.  My sincerest condolences to your family and children. Rest assured that sweet, friendly girl has touched so many people's lives.   You will be missed!  Stephanie Tyron Myrda"

This tribute was added by Michael-Anne Mundy on 18th December 2013

"Sacha, I met you because you are Megan's sister. I know how much Megan loves and misses you. I always looked up to you because you were a smart, strong, beautiful, confident and yes tough woman. I will always remember your beautiful smile. Your children are gorgeous just like you. I know you are now an angel in heaven watching over and protecting your beautiful family forever! May God comfort your family, hold them close and ease their sorrow. God bless you Sacha. Go soar with the beautiful angels and when you see my friend, Reg tell her I said hi and miss her. Michael-Anne Mundy"

This tribute was added by Jose Rincon on 18th December 2013

"So sorry to hear about your loss. Our thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family. I remember her fun spirit as Mara's little sister in high school. God bless. The Rincon Family (Jose '84)"

This tribute was added by Raelynn Gonzales on 18th December 2013

"David and family,thoughts and prayers go out to you all.we all will greatly miss Sacha.May God bless you all in your time of need."

This tribute was added by Maria Domingo Bon on 18th December 2013

"To Mara and Family,
          My condolences to you and your family."

This tribute was added by Anne Aamland on 17th December 2013

"Sacha, we never had an opportunity to meet but I know you are soaring above peacefully and watching over everyone.  Take care of my brother up there please!  

My deepest sympathy to everyone.  You are all in our hearts.

Love, your cousin, Anne Enyeart Aamland (Morris Enyeart's daughter)"

This tribute was added by Michael Sainz on 17th December 2013

"So very sorry to hear this devistating news.  I Knew Sacha through my brother Richie and her sister.  Words cannot express the feelings of sorrow and bewilderment.  May God keep you all in his everlasting grip."

This tribute was added by Colleen (McDermott) Ma on 17th December 2013

"Dave & Children,

Oh it so sad that tragic news brings us back in contact.  
Please accept my families deepest sympathy for the loss of your precious wife and mother.  The Lord is near and we pray you will know His peace and love and comfort and very present help in your time of need.  With love, Mark & Colleen Ma and family"

This tribute was added by Lisa Mach on 17th December 2013

"David and family,
I am truly sorry for your loss.  You are all in our hearts and Prayers.
Lisa Mach (Muzzy)"

This tribute was added by Shannon Lockwood on 17th December 2013

The last time I saw you was your wedding day. You were the most beautiful, happy, glowing, confident bride I had ever seen... and the way I still see you now. My heart breaks for my dearest friend Megan; I know how much she loves you, but I also know you are now at peace."

This tribute was added by Annette Brion on 17th December 2013

"David, You and your family are in my prayers and have my deepest sympathy.  Sacha will always remain in my memory as one of the "coolest" girls in school.  She was also one of the nicest with a huge heart.  You are so blessed for having shared your lives together and for showing your children how to love.  I wish you comfort, peace and the warmth of God's embrace during this difficult time.
Annette Paul Brion"

This tribute was added by Ashleigh (Sloane) Hayden on 17th December 2013


I knew you through my friendship with Megan many years ago and I know how much she loved and looked up to you.  I am so sorry to hear of your passing.  It is clear you are deeply loved and will be missed by many.  You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.
~ Ashleigh"

This tribute was added by Salpointe Catholic High School on 17th December 2013

"The Salpointe Catholic High School community extends deepest sympathy to Sacha's family and friends.  You are in our thoughts and prayers at this difficult time."

This tribute was added by Kelli Sullivan Liautaud on 17th December 2013

"Today I will put the finishing touches on the Christmas box I am sending your children. I felt like you were watching over my shoulder and guiding me as I experienced the joy of picking out special little gifts to make them smile.... I imagine you watching them pick their presents from the grab box I'm sending, reminding them patiently everyone will get a turn. I've picked out something very special for Nola and I will give it to her in January when I come to say goodbye. Thank you for being there for my children growing up, I will always be there for yours."

This tribute was added by Che Che LeSeur on 17th December 2013


While we did not know each other very well in high school, I am heartbroken and saddened to learn of your passing... I prefer to think of this as a transition, an extension of life....Your presence and energy was bright, strong, and luminous....You were accepting and had the ability to extend yourself to a wide array of people...You smiled and approached others like a friend, rather than a stranger..I know your spirit will last forever in and around those who were blessed to have you in their lives... My prayers and heart goes out to your family and friends...
Che- Class of '86"

This tribute was added by Amy Olson on 14th December 2013

"Dave and family-
So saddened to hear this news this evening. I wish peace and calm for you all.

This tribute was added by Paul Anzalone on 14th December 2013

"David and family,
Learning this news about Sacha was astonishing and heartbreaking. Sacha always had a presence in the room and a way for everyone to have a memory of her character, genuineness and lust for life.
Sacha had a way to make all of us tougher, stronger and to include everyone in our thoughts, hearts and activities.
I can recall so many conversations with her that many would have ran away from. She liked a good debate and her  slight smile always let you know, "it is all good," in the end. I am sure your daughters have that spunk.
God Bless you and your family and we all know, Peter in Heaven better have his talking skills up, cuz Sacha going to have somethings to say."

This tribute was added by Nicholas Walkosak on 13th December 2013

"I could echo a lot of what has already been said but having lost contact for 30 years my most vivid memories were of beauty and confidence. Sacha was amazing in high school and I am sure that translated to adulthood. David, I am sorry for your loss. Sacha, rest in peace."

This tribute was added by Cindy Roll on 13th December 2013


My memories of you are from long ago, but as your pictures flash on the screen above, I still see the same beautiful girl that I once knew. You were so kind to me in highschool and I don't think I will ever forget that. May your beauty and strength, compassion for others, and love live on in your children's hearts. And may all who remain here on earth, find peace in your wonderful memory.

With deepest sympathies to you David and your family,


This tribute was added by Michael McCarthy on 12th December 2013

"I did not know Sacha, but have been a friend since childhood of Roxanne,  and later, Jim.  David and children: you have my condolences.  I can only imagine the depth of your loss.  Roxanne and Jim - I sympathize with your loss, and even though each grief is personal, I do understand a lot of what it must be like.  Take care of each other and be kind, and if I can be of help to you in any way, please call on me.  Love, Michael"

This tribute was added by Rachael Gerbic on 12th December 2013

"Dearest Sacha,
I feel like we have continually woven in and out of each other’s lives over the years.  We met in college and shared a home by the beach. We dated guys who were friends.  That didn’t last but our friendship did! You gave me rides to school in your gold Cougar.  Thank you! Our lives kept intertwining. We always stayed in touch even when we didn’t see each other. Your family moved to Rochester where I’m from.  I saw you there one Christmas.  You came to my home. You met my family. We stayed in touch. Later we met in Ouro Preto, Brazil when Sena was a tiny baby and you carried her in a bjorn as we walked the beautiful streets of that UNESCO city.  I went to your wedding!  My brother Gabe drove down from Tempe to be my date. We still talk about how beautiful it was. You moved. I moved. We stayed in touch.  I loved receiving your beautiful Christmas cards each year with the most beautiful little faces in the world on them. They all looked just like YOU! You sent them to NY and my family always loved seeing them too and always asked about you.  We stayed in touch. We had babies at the same time just three years ago; you, me, and Joan-my first, her second, and your fifth! I was so inspired by your strength and courage having yours at home and the joy you described. I imagined your beautiful life with your beautiful family and your happiness.  That is the image I will keep with me, Sacha.  You will be deeply missed.
To your children, Please know that your mom was well loved and please don’t stop sending me those beautiful Christmas cards; I will cherish them always. Here is my always address:  PO BOX 88 Middlesex NY 14507
-Rachael Gerbic"

This tribute was added by Ross Avila on 12th December 2013

My first kiss in High School.  Even though we "dated" for only a month I thought I was the luckiest kid in the whole world.  I only wish I could have shared more with you as a friend throughout life.  

My thoughts are with you, and your family knowing Sacha is now in a beautiful place.  

My condolences my friend.


This tribute was added by Tim Kelly on 12th December 2013

I remember being amazed by your ability to be so genuine…to everyone.  You had an inner confidence that was frankly untouchable in those early awkward high school years - yet you touched so many.  You are a kind and generous soul.  Thank you.  And, by the way, thank you for signing my 8th grade year book when we were both going off to a new school together - what a boost for a pimple faced 13 year old!  I hope that you have found peace and know that you were loved by many.
My heart goes out to Dave, your children and the rest of your family.
With love,

This tribute was added by Justin Lusteck on 12th December 2013

I've only seen you at doolen a couple times but those couple times you were always caring.  Even though i did not know you, I know that you cared about your family. But know you can watch over your family with god.

                                                                         Justin Lusteck"

This tribute was added by Doreen Devoy Hulgan on 11th December 2013

"My heart is broken for you. We wish you peace and strength.
With sincere compassion,
Another Grieving Family"

This tribute was added by Jolie Derr on 11th December 2013

"I will always remember the many animated talks I had with Sacha at UP gatherings, and at dance rehearsals. She was the first Mom I met when we were new to the school, and she offered her words of advice and encouragement freely and fervently. Few people I know approach life with the passion or convictions that Sacha did, and I am so very sad to learn that she is gone.  My thoughts are with her family- her husband and Senna, Mila, the lovely twins and her little son. She always made it clear, during our conversations, how much she loved each of you. It is my sincere hope that that as time goes on, it is the best and most beautiful memories that will remain most vivid for you all."

This tribute was added by Mara Weisenberger on 11th December 2013

"Hey sis,
  There are no earthly words to describe how much I miss you.  The past week has been a blur of sadness and wishing we had one more day.  You were a rock we threw ourselves against.  A deep void in my heart longs to see you loving your children, your conviction in everything you do, your nonconformity, passion, timeless efforts to speak for those without a voice, your witty sense of humor, insanely healthy eating habits, and those darn pinkie toes of yours.  
     Sacha, you blessed our world with five beautiful children whom, from your loving guidance, have the foundation to live life to its fullest.  Their strength is a testament to your dedication and love.
          Yes, I did receive your message a couple days ago when you put "our" 1980s pop song on a satellite radio station that plays modern alternative rock.  You always did like to mix things up and only you could have made that happen from another plane of existence!  You have been in my thoughts every day of your time on this earth and will continue to do so as I pray you have found peace.
  All my love,

This tribute was added by Leslie Phillips on 11th December 2013

"Sacha, I am soo so sad to hear of your passing. My heart goes out to David, and your incredible children.   Senna, Mila we will be thinking of you every day and sending you love and special thoughts of strength and comfort to you and the rest of your family.  David, your tribute to Sacha was so beautiful and true. Your old "neighbors", John and Leslie Phillips"

This tribute was added by Laura Cornett on 11th December 2013

I only knew you for a short time when I had precious Mila in my third grade class. I too remember the amazing lunches you prepared for Mila! I was always impressed with the healthy variety! You have five amazing children who will forever treasure and love their mama! Rest in peace!

Mila, I am so sorry and I am praying for you and your family! I miss you and think of you often! You are an amazing bright and beautiful girl!

This tribute was added by Nicola Herrmann on 11th December 2013

    I didn't know you much but I do know that you did wonderful things with your life. I have met you a couple times before, you were always cheerful and laughing with a huge smile on your face. Thank you so much for raising Senna and all your other children. Senna is not only a classmate to me, but also a dear friend who helps me when I am hurt and always seems to brighten up my day. I will never forget you and the dear friend that you contributed to my life. Thank you."

This tribute was added by Kelli Sullivan Liautaud on 11th December 2013

I am still so trying very hard to come to grips with this. Tonight all I could do is check in so the girls knew I was here. I keep texting you in the hopes that you get them as I throw them out to the universe... Words cannot express all the thoughts in my mind. Most of all I want you and your children to know how very much I love you and them. I promise to honor your integrity, fire, and grit. Can't help but wish and try to push down my anger at one of the best, truest friends I ever had. Struggling, but love you...same as always, girl. I wear the ring you gave me with pride. Wisdom, strength, courage... How did you know?
I promise to write more when I can. Your loving friend, Kelli"

This tribute was added by Lara Ross on 11th December 2013

"We are so deeply sorry for your loss.  Sacha was a truly special and rare person.  We will remember her beautiful smile.  Her intense love for her children will live on in future generations.  We wish you peace and healing.  We are praying for your family.
Love, The Ross Family, Rick, Lara, Maddy and Gabby"

This tribute was added by Vi An Vo on 10th December 2013

I'm grateful for having been in the lives of your family. Being Mila's first grade teacher was a very special year. I loved Mila so much. I soon began to love the whole family... looking forward to the day of having Lyra and Nola in my class, too. You were always so kind and encouraging. I pray for all your children, David, and you.

I'm very sorry for your loss. Your mom was very special. I loved being your first grade teacher. You always put a smile on my face. I love your enthusiasm, intelligence, and humor. You tackled everything you faced with great force. I feel very blessed that you were a part of my life. I hope that you continue to keep in contact and let me know how you are doing. I will always be there for you.

Thank you for having me as one of Mila's teachers and letting me be a part of all your children's lives. You are so fortunate to have such great children. Talent and beauty runs in the family. Please let me know if I can offer anything. My thoughts are with you and your family."

This tribute was added by amy phillips on 10th December 2013


You were a funny, intelligent, direct, honest, strong and confident woman. As your nanny for a year, I was able to experience what a wonderful family you had created. I miss laughing with you over the silliest of things. You leave behind, Dave, an amazing husband and father to your children. Your children, Senna, Mila, Lyra, Nola, and Ren are creative, talented, beautiful, funny, and full of love.

Sacha, I know that you will be watching over your family. I know that you are at peace. You will be missed!


This tribute was added by Danette La Costa on 10th December 2013

"I am so thankful for Sacha's friendship.  We met when Mila and Bella were in preschool and she was pregnant with the twins.  I always admired her energy, knowlege and passion for her children.  

I love you Sacha and will never forget you."

This tribute was added by Robert Mac on 10th December 2013


I'm so sorry to hear of your loss. My condolences to you, your children, and your family. The picture you've chosen of Sacha is how I will always remember her: positive, smiling, full of life.

I know I'm thousands of miles away, but if there's anything I can do, don't hesitate to ask.


This tribute was added by Carl Tomizuka on 10th December 2013

""Memory is a passion no less powerful than love.What does it mean to remember? It is to revive fragments of existence, to rescue lost beings, to drive back the sands that cover the surface of things, to combat oblivion and to reject death."........Elie Wiesel

We share in everyone's grief.  Carl and Sheila"

This tribute was added by Bill Berger on 10th December 2013


The word that permeates and binds every memory I have of you.

The presence you brought to those in your company, into the rooms and places that held but never contained you, and to the interests and causes that caught your attention and dedication.

The intensity of the devotion of your friends to you. One of the very best things you leave behind. A sign of great character, compassion, understanding, and realness.

Your eyes. The color and beauty and fire from within and behind them.

The undying caring for others that to my sense was such a big part of what made you Sacha. I have met few others from whom I have sensed the same.

The look on Dave's face once you were his. What you brought out from within him that no one to my eyes and experience ever did or could.

From everything I know Sacha, I remember your brilliance, some of which I hope lives on in all of us.

Your Friend,


This tribute was added by Paul Winters on 10th December 2013

"Dave and Family,  We are heartbroken to hear this news.  Our thoughts and prayers are with you.  May Sacha rest in peace, and may the love that she shared with her family and others continue to burn brightly in each and every one of us.


This tribute was added by Monica Verhaaf on 10th December 2013


Your warm smile and great personality will always be remembered. In highschool you were admired by all for your friendly personality and your conviction (you knew what you wanted and that's it). A beautiful person whether in jeans and t-shirt or the occassional dress.  
You touched many people with your smile and kind words. From lunch, to Physics to Chiros - there are many memories. I can still see you in your Land Cruiser, music hard, windows rolled down enjoying life.

Rest in peace.

This tribute was added by Kirsten Hines on 9th December 2013

"Sacha, I have no words to say my sorrow, I can only pray you are at peace. My thoughts and prayers are with your David and the girls.


This tribute was added by Sarah Hardan on 9th December 2013

I didn't know much about you, but I have met you before and know your daughter, Senna. We will miss you very much and will stay in our hearts.

Sarah Hardan"

This tribute was added by Carolyn Lane on 9th December 2013

"Oh Sacha! So crazy that just before I heard you were gone I was remembering our lunches at Pizza Hut- we always got the personal pan pizza and the salad bar. We had so many close talks and I remember how much I looked forward to that time with you. ( you ALWAYS had to drive, you never let me drive). Then there was prom. You and Danny picked me up and we took pictures. My parents said, maybe she will marry Danny and she will be "Sacha Smeester." You were always honest, kind to me and I really felt like you were a good friend. I will ALWAYS remember your beautiful face, your solid advice and how happy our friendship made me feel. Rest in peace. May your beautiful family find peace and comfort in your memory. Goodbye dear friend.
Carolyn (C.J.)"

This tribute was added by Cristine Watson on 9th December 2013

"Dave & Family ~ we are so very grief stricken to learn of this unspeakable loss to your family.  We only had 3 years together to share our lives and your wonderful family at Westminster.  We love you all and send you our hugs, tears, prayers and love to you all.
Sacha - you are a beacon of strength, conviction and motherhood.
Cris & the WPPK Staff"

This tribute was added by John Tomizuka on 9th December 2013


I hope you have found peace wherever you may be. Thank you for the moments of calm we shared together, and for your dedication to your family. I'm happy to hear from all those who knew you better and have so much love for you. May you live on in their hearts and minds.


This tribute was added by Richard Sainz on 9th December 2013


You were always sincere and direct with me in HS and proved to be a good friend, when I sometimes had difficulty knowing who my friends were. I never doubted your sincerity and friendship, you never gave me a reason to. I miss swapping Christmas cards with you and family pictures. I loved our 2am IM chats, swapping stories on our trials and tribulations raising infants. Loved your stories! I'll always remember your smile and unforgettable laugh! God Speed, Sacha"

This tribute was added by Dennis Elias on 9th December 2013

"It was with deep sadness that I learned of your passing. You were wonderful person and will be missed dearly. I will miss catching up with, and trading Christmas cards with you. There is a bigger and brighter star shining in the sky now..."

This tribute was added by Barb Goiran on 9th December 2013

"Prayers for the peaceful repose of Sacha's soul and for comfort and love to surround Dave and the children."

This tribute was added by Patti Zlaket on 9th December 2013

"Peace to you, Sacha. And peace to those who loved you. Your children are so beautiful . . ."

This tribute was added by Christy Ausband on 9th December 2013

I don't know where to start.  We met when we were 14 at Salpointe.  You were intense, smart, funny, complicated, and a loyal friend.  You were an aggressive broomball player, you spoke your mind, you were an individual, and passionate.  You never changed and I loved that about you.  The last time we communicated it was by text on Thanksgiving.  I wish I would have picked up that phone and called you.  Just to hear your voice once more.  I've been going through pictures, emails, other stuff and it's hard for me to accept that you are really not here anymore.
I remember the conversation I had with Dave when he wanted me to hook you 2 up (which I did help out with!)  We were in Telluride and were talking about high school and Dave said, "I've always had a crush on Sacha.  She is soooo HOT."  And the rest is history.  You created the most beautiful family with him and I so hope I can get to know them better and watch them grow up.  
I was just looking at pics of when you were pregnant with the twins and how ginormous you were!  This giant round belly and skinny frame.  I came down to help drive Senna and Mila around because you were supposedly on "bed rest."  Is anybody else laughing because you really didn't know the meaning of bed rest!!  You never did, even when you were sick in grad school.  I came out to hang out with you when you got out of the hospital, and you ended up taking care of me!  
You always took good care of everyone around you. I have so so many good, funny, warm memories of times we spent together in the last 31 years.  I'm trying to focus on all those fun times and focus on how grateful I am to have had a friend like you in my life.  I love you and you'll always be in my heart!


This tribute was added by Doug Miller on 9th December 2013


Your greatest achievement was loving your kids. No one can ever dispute that. I hope that Senna, Mila, Lyra, Nola, and Ren know just how deeply you love them (and Dave too). I know that you will always be with them, and you will be missed by many. I hope to be ever present in your kid's lives. I will always remind them just how much you loved and cared for them.

My heart is heavy, but I know that you have found peace.
Doug Miller
"Mr. Doug""

This tribute was added by Emily Muirhead on 8th December 2013

I did not know you very much, but I know you daughter, Senna. We all miss you and are keeping you in our hearts forever."

This tribute was added by megan malone on 8th December 2013

"Sach...my sister, my friend:

My love for you remains insurmountable. I've spent my entire life loving you, so desperately trying for you not to let go of my hand. Whether it was playing music on your voicemail, calling you 10 times in one day (I can be persistent, or a pain, but you always picked up) or showing up for coffee unannounced. We have the same sneeze... I now find comfort in it. I miss your dry humor, I miss your amazingly direct laugh,  I miss you every second.

I love you so much and I hope you are now gently at peace.


This tribute was added by Cindy Thota on 8th December 2013

"You have been my friend so long….You are one of a kind. I will miss your laugh and smile and big heart.

I will love you now and forever,

This tribute was added by suzanne england on 8th December 2013

"Dear Sacha,

I first was introduced to you by Shelli.  It was Lydia and Mila's kindergarten year at UP.  Even though our girls were in the same grade at school, our paths had not crossed that year.  We clicked because of our West Coast connection.  I got to know you a little better the next year when you moved two doors down from us on Stanford Ave.

You always wanted the best for your kiddos!  In second grade Mila and Lydia were in the same class.  Mila always had the healthiest, most well thought out lunches.....you made sure of it!  They often consisted of sushi and always organic!!!!  Also, you wanted them to have the best activities, even if it meant sacrificing your lifestyle.  The kiddos were in the best art classes(Kid Art) and the best school(Westminster).   You even worked part time at Park Cities Dance, so all of your kiddos could participate in what you considered the top dance program in the area.  

Sacha, you were blessed with five beautiful, smart and talented children.  All of your children are "survivors" like you.   I know that you will watch over them as they grow.  They will continue to make you proud!.  Rest in peace, Sacha.

Suzanne England"

This tribute was added by Shirley Ho on 8th December 2013


My heart breaks for you and your family.  You were one of the strongest, most passionate and smartest person I know.  You were the person I called when I had questions about anything and you always had an answer/opinion for me.  I will miss you so much.


This tribute was added by Michelle Law on 8th December 2013

"The fox gazed at the little prince, for a long time.

"Please--tame me!" he said.

"I want to, very much," the little prince replied. "But I have not much time. I have friends to discover, and a great many things to understand."

"One only understands the things that one tames," said the fox. "Men have no more time to understand anything. They buy things all ready made at the shops. But there is no shop anywhere where one can buy friendship, and so men have no friends any more. If you want a friend, tame me . . ."

"What must I do, to tame you?" asked the little prince.

"You must be very patient," replied the fox. "First you will sit down at a little distance from me--like that--in the grass. I shall look at you out of the corner of my eye, and you will say nothing. Words are the source of misunderstandings. But you will sit a little closer to me, every day . . ."

Sacha, your passion for your family touched me deeply. I know you loved and were loved greatly.  It has been a long time, but please know that I always cared very much about your family. You really brought five amazing human beings into this world.  I'm sure you will continue to love them and watch over them from above.  You will be missed.


This tribute was added by Michelle Law on 8th December 2013

"The fox gazed at the little prince, for a long time.

"Please--tame me!" he said.

"I want to, very much," the little prince replied. "But I have not much time. I have friends to discover, and a great many things to understand."

"One only understands the things that one tames," said the fox. "Men have no more time to understand anything. They buy things all ready made at the shops. But there is no shop anywhere where one can buy friendship, and so men have no friends any more. If you want a friend, tame me . . ."

"What must I do, to tame you?" asked the little prince.

"You must be very patient," replied the fox. "First you will sit down at a little distance from me--like that--in the grass. I shall look at you out of the corner of my eye, and you will say nothing. Words are the source of misunderstandings. But you will sit a little closer to me, every day . . ."


Your passion for your family touched me deeply. I know you loved and were loved greatly.  It has been a long time, my friend, but please know that I always cared very much about you and your family. You really brought five amazing human beings into this world.  I'm sure you will continue to love them and watch over them from above.  You will be missed.


This tribute was added by Mila Enyeart Tomizuka on 7th December 2013

"i love you so much and I always will. I try not to cry, but you always say it is good to let go of your emotions. I try to smile and not think about what has happened, but I want to remember you in all the good ways possible and see you as I go to the places that I went with you. I love you so much!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
love you beyond infinity and beyond,

ps: I know that you love candles, so I chose leave a candle!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"

This tribute was added by Senna Tomizuka on 7th December 2013


You were one of the greatest people to ever walk this earth. The people you met will remember your glowing smile and wonderful personality forever. I love you!


This tribute was added by David Tomizuka on 7th December 2013


We used to say this to each other and have a little battle over it.  I'd say "I love you", you'd say "I love you", then I'd say "I love you more", then you'd say "I love you most".  I'd then say "I love you Infinity and Beyond".  I'd always win the battle with you, except you passed on this tradition of infinite "I love you's" to our children as you fully returned to their lives, and they are so full of your passion (and sometimes your "piss and vinegar"!), they'll never let me win.  You gave them the gift of your love and now they will make sure we all have it forever.

Loving you has always been a battle of one kind or another, but infinite "I love you's" was always the best one.  Now that you have reached Infinity and Beyond, I know your love is victorious.

I love you Infinity and Beyond with many tears and all my heart!



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