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Marlene Theresa CallejasOctober 5th, 1957 - May 4, 2020 It is with a heavy heart that we announce the death of Marlene Theresa Callejas.

Marlene Theresa Callejas, 62, passed away on May 4, 2020 after battling with Ovarian Cancer. She is survived by her mother Theresa, 83, her sister Rosalinda, 61, and her only daughter Michele (Michi) Ayse-Theresa Callejas Karakas, 27.

Marlene was born in San Francisco, California on October 5th, 1957. She was born to El Salvadorian immigrants, Manuel M. Callejas Jr., and Maria Theresa Hilleprandt Callejas. Marlene grew up responsible, mischievous, silly, and a proud older sister to Rosalinda.

Marlene loved family. She grew up in a large Latino family that included: grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, creating precious memoires along the way. Growing up, Marlene spent a lot of time with her cousins going on trips to Lake Berryessa and Russian River, playing and listening to music, and summers in El Salvador with her sister and Salvadorian family.

Alongside family, Marlene always loved education. Marlene was fond of the arts and was a phenomenal student. She had a great academic career starting at St. Emydius Grammar School, where she met many of her first lifelong friends. Marlene then went on to attend Mercy High School San Francisco, and met even more of her lifelong friends, and together they grew up loving and listening to Motown music and disco.

As an adult, Marlene went on to attend the University of San Francisco where she originally studied to be a nurse. After a long deliberation, Marlene created her own "study abroad" program and went on to live in El Salvador with her extended Salvadorian family. It was there that she realized her true passion for helping others, specifically children. In El Salvador, Marlene worked for her uncle's clinic, and also with children that were recovering from illnesses and surgeries at Benjamin Bloom Hospital. Upon her return to the USA, Marlene changed her major and pursued a career in Education. From there, her passion carried her throughout school. She first started as a Speech Pathologist, then went on to pursue a Master's in Speech and Hearing Pathology, and then another Master's in Education Administration.

As her passion and skillsets continued to grow for education, Marlene began working at the San Francisco Unified School District. Marlene spent 37 years in the district and received many awards, recognitions, and was once named Principal of the Year. As a leader, Marlene transcended diversity and inclusion by being the first Latina principal at Gordan J. Lau Elementary. Marlene was always kind, open, and a loving mentor. Marlene always touched the lives of her students and teachers with her positive attitude and was always searching for ways to improve the school communities and the futures of underrepresented children.

Marlene is a soul who has touched many different walks of lives. Marlene's spirit was always positive and giving. Marlene always gave to others and never expected anything in return. Many will remember Marlene by her spirit, smile, and contagious laugh that you could hear from a mile away.

The following are the loving family and friends and communities that were important in her life:
Heads of Family:
Michele Callejas-Karakas
Theresa Callejas
Rosalinda Hilleprandt Callejas
Mary and Steve Fyten Family
Milton and Juanita Callejas Family
Raul and Gloria Callejas Family
Edgar and Natasha Callejas Family
ClaraLuz Baños Family
Arely and Cesar Canjura Calderon Family
Laura Grande Family
Dr. Carlos and Ana Montoya Family
Alicia Hilleprandt Family
Oscar and Ana Grande Family
Rafaela Tinetti Family
Hernandez Family
Diana Curd
Norma Calderon Family

Close Friends:
Mary Fogarty Family
Myrna Bulos Family
Block Family
Perez - Stagliano Family
Schumacher Family
Dennis Chew Family
Allen Lee Family
Victor Tam Family
Laura Castro Family
Rick and Jennie Wilson Family
Father Bill Brady and Father Dave Pettingill
Beloved Communities:
St. Emydius School
Mercy High School San Francisco
University of San Francisco
San Francisco State
San Francisco Unified School District Communities
Mckinley Elementary
Leonard Flynn Elementary
Spring Valley Elementary
Gordon J Lau Elementary
E.R. Taylor Elementary
Lakeshore Elementary



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Published in San Francisco Chronicle from May 9 to May 10, 2020.
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May 13, 2020
Ms.Callejas was our principal for 2 years and she made the school feel like a second home and was always there for her students. Our deepest condolences to her family. Please know that we are sending many prayers your way. We will always be thankful to have had the opportunity to meet such an amazing person.
Janelle Gonzalez
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May 13, 2020
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Carlos Montoya Jr
May 12, 2020
Marlene, there are not enough words to express what you mean to us. Thank you for your friendship, your love, your radiating smile, your unwavering kindness. We love you and know that you are guiding us from above.
Deborah Lee
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May 12, 2020
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Deborah Li
May 12, 2020
Marlene, there are not enough words to express what you meant to us. Thank you for your love, your friendship, your radiating smile, your unwavering kindness. We love you and know you are guiding us from above.
Deborah Lee
Friend
May 11, 2020
Condolences to the Callejas family. You will be missed.
Julian
Student
May 11, 2020
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Chi Chan
May 11, 2020
I met Marlene when she and my sister became friends in high school. Marlene was always very nice and truly cared about everyone , and of course always had that great smile on her face. I will keep Marlene and her family in my prayers.
George Fogarty
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May 10, 2020
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Olivia Ho
May 10, 2020
Marlene, You help make our gatherings fun with your laughter and smile. Thank you for your amazing spirit, you will always will be remembered in my heart. Now you can join Tia Yoli at the party. Its rare to come across strong warriors who love to embrace life as it comes. Not many strong female figures and your one of the few. You will be missed.
Olga (Olgita)
Friend
May 10, 2020
Condolences to the Callejas family. Marlene was a class act! She will be missed by many.
James Family
Friend
May 10, 2020
Marlene-I remember you always as Rosalindas loving, older sister. My time living in San Francisco was brief but you and your family have always remained in my heart and memories. Youve been taken far too early from them but we know your smile and warmth are never gone.
Leslie Jones
Friend
May 10, 2020
Marlene was such a remarkable friend and person. She was beautiful on the inside as well as the outside. She will always be in my heart.
Sebastian Romeo
Friend
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