After an amazing life of family, friendships, travel and philanthropy, Carolyn Grace Pechstein Brockman - wife, mother, grandmother and friend - passed away at home surrounded by family on May 17. She is survived by her husband, partner and best friend of 48 years, Chuck; daughters Erin Chekian and Kim Brockman; and grandchildren Jake, Katelyn and Beau.
Carolyn was born on November 25, 1944 and raised in Vista, CA where her parents and 3 siblings made their home along with the extended Pechstein family. She attended college at California State University of Long Beach where she met her husband and so many lifelong friends. Prior to raising her own family, Carolyn was an elementary school teacher
and continued with her dedication to helping others with a rich philanthropic life after resigning her teaching career to raise a family.
In her later years, Carolyn dedicated her life to her grandchildren and building a true second home in Jackson Hole, WY. She spent many a peaceful day in the beautiful Wyoming scenery hiking, entertaining friends and always bragging about her grandkids. Walking into this home you cannot escape every detail that evidences her love for the country, friends and family.
None who knew Carolyn could escape her quick wit and sarcasm but, most of all, her caring, giving nature. More than one person will tell you she helped them through a difficult time in their life, often seeking out just the support and help they needed. She was never to be deterred when she was committed to a cause. Which continues after her death as her body has been donated to research, which was something she was adamant should happen when the time came.
Carolyn lived a rich, full life and, although she died younger than she should have, her love and memory will be carried on through all of those she touched. A celebration of life will be held at Virginia Country Club on May 22 at 2 pm. In lieu of flowers, please consider supporting the Association for Frontotemporal Degeneration (www.theaftd.org
) with a small donation in the hope that a cure can be found for this devastating disease. Please sign the guestbook