Eileen D. Sawaya

July 19, 1929March 27, 2018

Eileen Dorothy Sawaya was born to Helen and Henry Hying in Platteville, WI, on July 19, 1929. As a child, she moved with her parents and sister, Frances, to National City, CA in 1938. She often shared fond memories of her parents, who worked long hours in a restaurant in downtown San Diego, and her chow dog, Irish. Eileen attended Cathedral High School, where she made lifelong friends. She became a grade school teacher. When looking back on the experience, she delighted in the young innocence of the kindergarteners. She retired from school teaching in 1964 when she married a San Diego firefighter, Alfred Sawaya, and had two sons, James and Michael. She was a devoted, loving wife and mother, giving selflessly to her family every day. She spent nearly 45 years with Alfred, until he died. The rest of her life was spent taking care of her kids. Everyone who met her felt her love. She also had a compassion for animals, and loved to watch animal adventure shows on TV. She was a devoted Catholic and had a strong devotion to the Virgin Mary as a source of comfort and strength. Eileen passed away peacefully at home March 27, 2018. She is survived by her sons James and Michael, and granddaughter Kona. A viewing will be held at Blessed Sacrament Church, 4540 El Cerrito Dr., San Diego, on Wednesday, April 4th, from 4-8 p.m., during which a Rosary will be said at 7 p.m. A funeral mass will be held Thursday, April 5th, at 10 a.m., at Blessed Sacrament Church, after which all may join a procession to Holy Cross Cemetery. A reception will follow.


  • Visitation Wednesday, April 4, 2018
  • Prayer Service Thursday, April 5, 2018
  • Graveside Service Thursday, April 5, 2018

Eileen D. Sawaya

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