ForeverMissed
This memorial was created in memory of our beloved mother Valerie Saldana.She will be forever missed and we will love her always.

Please write and post as many memories you have of our beautiful mother. You can also email them to vals.memories74@gmail.com

Valerie passed away on Tuesday, February 23, 2021.She was a fun-loving, kind-hearted, down-to-earth soul who could brighten up any room she walked into. She was a daughter to Rosemarie and Victor.The middle child of 4 and very close to her brother and sisters.She was a wonderful wife to her husband Jorge, and a loving mother to her four children, Jorge (Booboo), Elena, Gabriel and Sylvia.



A memorial service be held on at Ocean View Church, March 20,2021 at 11:30am
2460 Palm Ave, San Diego, CA 92154
Following the service a celebration of life will be held at J Street Marina.



If you would like to make a contributions/donations please reach out to Elena at 619.392.3689 
or donate at https://www.gofundme.com/f/valerie-saldanas-life-c...
Posted by Melissa Winter on February 28, 2021
When I first met Val well over a decade ago, she was making punch for a graduation ceremony. She greeted me with a beautiful smile and a friendly hello. I asked how I could help and that started our tradition of cutting cake and serving punch together for every graduation as well as and other school events. It also began our long friendship. At that time, Val and I were not working together. She was a Para-Educator for another Education Specialist. I was overjoyed when I found out at the beginning of the next school year that Val was going to become my Para-Educator. We became partners and worked together ever since.

To me Val was an angel on Earth. I always told her that. As others have mentioned in their posts, she was a dedicated hard worker and was always there to help out. She did not have her children in our school, but she donated countless hours to support our school and students. Most people do not know that Val usually came to work early each day and left well pass her required time. I could never thank her enough for all of her hard work and dedication.

I have so many memories of working together and she will be irreplaceable, but my favorite memories are of our friendship. It is all of the little things that I am going to miss the most. Greeting each other every morning, laughing together, a lot, celebrating the special moments in our family’s lives, being dedicated mothers and wives. We loved being moms and were so proud of our kids. We enjoyed eating lunch every day together and with our friends. We loved to talk about our favorite shows we both watched; Walking Dead, Vikings, and the Last Kingdom to name a few. We would sometimes cry together, vent our stress to each other, we always had each other’s backs, and we often knew what each other was thinking.

We both love to organize everything and she was a pro. She was also a brilliant scheduler. We have spent countless hours over the years working on schedules. She was always able to find the solution when we were stuck. She was also an excellent mover. We must have changed our room around 7-8 times over the years. We were well practiced and we liked to joke that we should open a moving company.

A several years ago, Val went back to school to earn her Bachelor’s Degree. I was so proud of her. It is not an easy task to go to school when you are working fulltime and a wife and mother of four children. Val also cared for and supported her extended family members during that time. Amazingly,Val attended the same college as my daughter and graduated the sameday so I was attend her ceremony and she her graduate as well.

Val was my rock and she was always right there to help and support me. She would remind me not to work too hard and sit down and eat my lunch. She would tell me not to worry or stress out. I could always count on her as she was an excellent teacher and so kind and caring to our students. She always wanted to do something special for them. So we would plan celebrations for them at the Holidays. She loved to do a camping theme unit at the end of the year. The kids always loved it as she made s’mores in the microwave. It was one of their favorite treats. They would ask if we were going to have them at the end of the year. The students loved and adored “Ms. Val”.

Val was such a bright light in this world and I cared for her so much and I will miss her terribly. Words are not enough to describe how amazing she was. She was an exceptional partner, true friend, and she had such a beautiful caring soul. I know she is soaring with the angels.
Posted by Sharon Kitchen on February 26, 2021
Val was a caring and friendly member of Audubon’s staff and always met you with a beautiful smile. Whether teaching at Audubon or subbing in Melissa’s class, I felt very comfortable knowing Val was there and could handle any situation, which made my day go very smoothly. She was very persistent and was able to finished her degree. She will be dearly missed.
Posted by Maria Rodriguez on February 25, 2021
I worked with Ms. Val at Audubon for 4 years. I remember when I met her I thought she was a parent that worked there. She was so involved in the school and dedicated to the kids. I remember her going and grabbing her own kids and bringing them to help at Audubon. She will be missed! May she RIP and God hold your family in his hands. God bless your family.

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Posted by Melissa Winter on February 28, 2021
When I first met Val well over a decade ago, she was making punch for a graduation ceremony. She greeted me with a beautiful smile and a friendly hello. I asked how I could help and that started our tradition of cutting cake and serving punch together for every graduation as well as and other school events. It also began our long friendship. At that time, Val and I were not working together. She was a Para-Educator for another Education Specialist. I was overjoyed when I found out at the beginning of the next school year that Val was going to become my Para-Educator. We became partners and worked together ever since.

To me Val was an angel on Earth. I always told her that. As others have mentioned in their posts, she was a dedicated hard worker and was always there to help out. She did not have her children in our school, but she donated countless hours to support our school and students. Most people do not know that Val usually came to work early each day and left well pass her required time. I could never thank her enough for all of her hard work and dedication.

I have so many memories of working together and she will be irreplaceable, but my favorite memories are of our friendship. It is all of the little things that I am going to miss the most. Greeting each other every morning, laughing together, a lot, celebrating the special moments in our family’s lives, being dedicated mothers and wives. We loved being moms and were so proud of our kids. We enjoyed eating lunch every day together and with our friends. We loved to talk about our favorite shows we both watched; Walking Dead, Vikings, and the Last Kingdom to name a few. We would sometimes cry together, vent our stress to each other, we always had each other’s backs, and we often knew what each other was thinking.

We both love to organize everything and she was a pro. She was also a brilliant scheduler. We have spent countless hours over the years working on schedules. She was always able to find the solution when we were stuck. She was also an excellent mover. We must have changed our room around 7-8 times over the years. We were well practiced and we liked to joke that we should open a moving company.

A several years ago, Val went back to school to earn her Bachelor’s Degree. I was so proud of her. It is not an easy task to go to school when you are working fulltime and a wife and mother of four children. Val also cared for and supported her extended family members during that time. Amazingly,Val attended the same college as my daughter and graduated the sameday so I was attend her ceremony and she her graduate as well.

Val was my rock and she was always right there to help and support me. She would remind me not to work too hard and sit down and eat my lunch. She would tell me not to worry or stress out. I could always count on her as she was an excellent teacher and so kind and caring to our students. She always wanted to do something special for them. So we would plan celebrations for them at the Holidays. She loved to do a camping theme unit at the end of the year. The kids always loved it as she made s’mores in the microwave. It was one of their favorite treats. They would ask if we were going to have them at the end of the year. The students loved and adored “Ms. Val”.

Val was such a bright light in this world and I cared for her so much and I will miss her terribly. Words are not enough to describe how amazing she was. She was an exceptional partner, true friend, and she had such a beautiful caring soul. I know she is soaring with the angels.
Posted by Sharon Kitchen on February 26, 2021
Val was a caring and friendly member of Audubon’s staff and always met you with a beautiful smile. Whether teaching at Audubon or subbing in Melissa’s class, I felt very comfortable knowing Val was there and could handle any situation, which made my day go very smoothly. She was very persistent and was able to finished her degree. She will be dearly missed.
Posted by Maria Rodriguez on February 25, 2021
I worked with Ms. Val at Audubon for 4 years. I remember when I met her I thought she was a parent that worked there. She was so involved in the school and dedicated to the kids. I remember her going and grabbing her own kids and bringing them to help at Audubon. She will be missed! May she RIP and God hold your family in his hands. God bless your family.
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Shared by Stina Bobina on February 26, 2021
Val was such an incredible human. She was so kind and her heart was so big. She was always happy and in a positive mood. She always helped others without hesitation. She was a wonderful friend. I miss her so much and will always remember her as a ray of sunshine

Ms Val

Shared by Lony Mendez on February 25, 2021
I had the pleasure of working with Ms Val for many years at Audubon.  We never worked directly together, as we did not share the same students, but this didn't matter.  Ms Val was my friend.  We would talk, laugh, and chat almost daily in the workroom.  We shared our love of the same music, and our back in the day stories that always made us laugh.  She was always the first to volunteer for any help that our ASB needed.  We needed help with the talent show, Ms Val was there.  8th grade promotion, we could count on Val. When I had 7th or 8th graders who needed work of lower grades, Ms Val would personally deliver the materials to my classroom with the quickness.  She always, always put the students needs first.  When we had our food drive, Ms Val was there.  When we had band fundraisers, Ms Val was there.  When I would send out emails asking for help, and NO ONE would respond, guess who would.  Ms Val.  Why?  Because she was a real one and and she was a teacher who understood it was about the kids.  I will miss her selflessness.  I will miss our shared looks of shared understanding when someone on staff was going left.  I will miss our facebook messenger chats from slurpies, to politics, to aqua net, to equitable education.  My deepest condolences to her family.  Val, I know you are watching over your family.  Until we meet again.
Shared by Shawna Mae on February 25, 2021
First and foremost she was a very close cousin...our moms are sisters and our dads are brothers and thats very rare.....and i feel that made us even closer.....Although we share many many memories together...the ones that stand out the most are our camping trips every summer...we always had fun....swimming hiking laying out and having a few laughs....we would tell everyone we were sisters..and get a laugh outta that because they believed us ....we would use fake names and watch Gidget and music videos while painting our nails...sooo many memories that i can mention ....EVERYTIME i think of her ,I smile... i feel honored and very blessed to have shared so much with her...she will forever live in my heart ...miss you cousin...til we meet again PEANUT..... LOVE YOU ...SHAWNA BUG